Maurice Lock

Maurice Lock, from Newton Poppleford, initially played as an amateur before agreeing professional terms in December 1933. Continuing to play for the reserves in Western and Southern leagues he never appeared for the first-team in the Football League.

Serving in the Second World War, Lance Corporal Maurice Lock of the Royal Tank Regiment lost his life in Operation Aintree at Overloon (Netherlands) on 25 September 1944.

Already commemorated on the war memorial in Newton Poppleford, a plaque was unveiled in his memory at St James’ Park in August 2017.   

For more about his war service and death see the information in his entry in the Killed in Action  section of the archive. Our gratitude to Roger Hamilton Kendall for the pictures of Maurice’s grave and to Robert Curtis for the information supplied relating to Maurice’s death.  


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Roger Hamilton Kendall
Robert Curtis



Jane Hope

I hope you don't mind me borrowing this photo of Maurice Lock. A group Overloon War Chronicles are amassing photographs of those interred in the war cemetery there but part of the group of doing a history of the battle that took place there to ensure that their sacrifice is not forgotten.  I can keep you appraised of the situation on the information they are putting together if you wish.

Kind regards

Jane Hope (an ex pat Exonian and former Bishop Blackall Grammar school pupil now living in Swansea)

Paul Farley

No problem Jane.

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