DONOVAN Edward W
Regiment : 1st/8th Battalion Worcestershire Regiment
Service number : 240714
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : 18th June 1918 aged 37
Buried : Cavalletto British Cemetery, Italy, Plot 1. Row F. Grave 15.
Memorial : Worcester Guildhall
Also appears on : Worcester St George's RC Church.
Awarded Distinguished Conduct Medal.
The following report was published in a supplement to the London Gazette on Saturday 11th March 1916 and reported in the Worcester Daily Times on Monday 13th March 1916:
2911 Private E Donovan 1st/8th Battalion Worcestershire Regiment (Territorial Force).
For conspicuous devotion to duty. When both his comrades on a listening post were wounded he managed to get them back to safety and then went out again and brought in their rifles and equipment.
There is a discrepancy of service no.
Worcester Daily Times Tuesday 2nd July 1918:
Death of Lce Cpl Edward Donovan, DCM, Worcs Regt, youngest son of Mrs Margaret Donovan, 15 Wood Terrace, Worcester, is reported to have died of wounds received in action on the 18th of June. Donovan was very well known in the city. In pre war days he was very active in football circles. He joined the Regiment soon after the outbreak of war. He was awarded the DCM in October 1915 although it was not officially announced until March of the following year.
A photograph of Lance Corporal E. Donovan of Worcester can be found in Berrow’s Worcester Journal Supplement, Saturday 27th July 1918, available at Worcestershire Archives.