Methwold Memorial to be altered to mark soldier’s sacrifice

The Methwold war memorial which could be altered to correct a 70 year old mistake
The Methwold war memorial which could be altered to correct a 70 year old mistake
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A parish council is looking to rectify a 70-year-old mistake in which an incorrect name was listed on the memorial for a Second World War soldier.

L/Cpl George Alva Lovelock is buried in El Alamein after he paid the ultimate price during the North Africa campaign on November 2, 1942.

Now members of his family have approached Methwold Parish Council to list his name correctly on the village’s memorial.

L/Cpl Lovelock, who was the son of Thomas and Ada Lovelock, was incorrectly recorded as “Oliver” but his family have asked for this to be changed to Alva, which was how he was commonly known.

The parish council needs £1,000 to alter and restore the memorial but was delighted to receive a £591 grant from West Norfolk Council to mark the 100th anniversary of the First World War.

Parish councillor Colin Williams is still waiting to hear the result of a grant application to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. This project also needs to be formally approved by the parish council.

Mr Williams said: “The grant is incredible. We are disgusted with the state of the memorial at the moment as some of the letters are barely legible.

“As we have had a request from the relatives to change it, I added the name into the specifications after it was approved in principle by the parish council.”

Other memorials to be refurbished are at Burnham Market, Downham Market, East Rudham, Gayton, Great Massingham, Marshland St James, North Creake, North Runcton, South Creake, Upwell, West Walton, West Winch and Wimbotsham.

All Saints’ Church in South Lynn has received £1,500 to clean its stained glass window and install a window guard.

Barton Bendish Parish Council will be planting poppies and organising a social evening to mark the centenary after receiving £350.

Crimplesham Parish Council will be providing a new seat after receiving £300 while Castle Rising will be restoring a memorial Lantern after receiving £2,000.

West Norfolk Voluntary and Community Action has received £500 to give a taste of what food was on offer during the First World War.

The group will be running a stand in the Around the World in 80 Dishes Food Festival, which will be held in Lynn’s Tuesday Market Place, on Sunday, July 20.

Project manager Marie Connell said: “We maybe able to find some recipes of what people had to make do with during times of rationing and information of what was sent to the soldiers.”

One Voice 4 Travellers Ltd has received £2,000 to record the role of the traveller community in the First World War.

Manager Jane Codona MBE will be talking to families in the West Norfolk area to find out their histories. Many men from the traveller community took part in the fighting.

She is also hoping to organise trips to the Imperial War Museum and the Maritime Museum.

She said: “Gypsy and traveller history is very much an oral history which is handed down by story telling. This particular aspect of how they coped within the war.”

Lynn Festival Chorus received £2,000 for a concert.