Second Lieutenant Mark Hovell, MA (1888-1916)

I first came across Mark when I read about his death in a local paper of the time. I was immediately drawn to him, and was keen to research further. He seems to have been a very interesting, well-respected, personable man who I would love to have met… I even ended up buying one of his daughter’s beautiful watercolours 🙂

GM 1914

This blog post was written by Julie Lee, a volunteer at Trafford Local Studies.

mark_hovell Second Lieutenant Mark Hovell, MA, from the preface to “The Chartist Movement” Illustrated (Kindle Edition) by Mark Hovell.

“On Earth the broken Arcs, in the Heaven a perfect round”1

 So reads the epitaph of Second Lieutenant Mark Hovell, MA. He “was to become one of many young men of great promise whose lives were wasted in the slaughterhouse of the Western Front…”2

He is buried alongside thousands of other soldiers in the military cemetery at Vermelles, Northern France. Hovell was from Sale, Cheshire and was only recently married when he died at the Front aged 28. A history lecturer at the University of Manchester Hovell had almost completed a significant piece of work on Chartism3 when he was called to France. As he left for the Front, Hovell consulted a colleague and…

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