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AXMINSTER WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 - Detailed information
Compiled and copyright © Gill Cannell & Andrew Dishman 2014
researched Martin Edwards

Situated on Minster Green in front of St Mary the Virgin Church. Stone wheel cross surmounts carved square-set stone column with many niches. Colum surmounts stone plinth which bears carved names and inscription. Memorial stands on wide square stone base. The names here have been sorted into alphabetical order for ease of research and reading.

Photographs Copyright © Gill Cannell & Andrew Dishman 2014

In grateful memory
of the
Men of Axminster
who died for their
Country in the
Great War 1914 - 1918

BOWLES
Bertram Percival
Private 200736, 1/4th Battalion. (Territorials), Devonshire Regiment. Died Tuesday 16 April 1918 in Mesopotamia. Born Semley, Wiltshire, enlisted Axminster. Buried in BAGHDAD (NORTH GATE) WAR CEMETERY, Iraq . Plot IV. Row C. Grave 3.
BRUCE
Henry Albert
Gunner 78153, "C" Battery, 71st Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Died Tuesday 25 January 1916. Aged 24. Son of Charles Bruce, of Church St., Axminster, Devon; husband of Margaret Churchward (formerly Bruce), of 12, Ashfield Rd., Abertillery, Mon. Buried in FOSSE 7 MILITARY CEMETERY (QUALITY STREET), MAZINGARBE, Pas de Calais, France. Plot II. Row B. Grave 12.
CHANNING
John Samuel
Lance Corporal 1416, 4th Battalion, Devonshire Regiment. Died from Pulminory Tuberculosis Sunday 29 December 1918. Aged 34. Son of John and Elizabeth Channing; husband of Elizabeth Amos (formerly Channing), of Purzebrook, Musbury Rd., Axminster. Discharged 1 April 1915 due to Sickness Para 392. xvi. height 5 feet 6 inches, pale complexion, grey eyes, brown hair, brushmaker by trade, intedned residence Castle Hill, Axminster. Enlisted 1 April 1908, born Axmintser, aged 23 years 5 months, brushmaker by trade, umarried. Did not serve overseas. Silver Badge number 96676 issued 9 Decemeber 1916. Buried in AXMINSTER CEMETERY, Devon. Grave reference C. C(A). 103.
CHANT
Charles Frederick [John]
Private 9668, 1st Battalion, Devonshire Regiment. Died of wounds Saturday 24 October 1914. Aged 20. Born and enlisted Axminster. Son of Samuel and Rosina Chant, of Farm Cottage, Yenston, Templecombe, Somerset. Native of Axminster, Devon. Buried in BETHUNE TOWN CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot I. Row B. Grave 26.
CHICK
Francis Frederick
Private 260, 22nd Battalion, London Regiment. Died Tuesday 4 January 1916. Aged 29. Son of Edwin and Elizabeth Chick, of 2, New Buildings, Castle Hill, Axminster. Attested 19 November 1900, aged 14 years 8 months, as boy soldier 7493, Devonshire Regiment, born Axminster, a Sawyers Labourer, height 4 feet 11¾, chest 30½ inches, fresh complexion, blue eyes, fair hair, religious denomination Church of England, terms of service changed to 12 years 25 September 1903, appointed Drummer 1 February 1904, attained the age of 18 19 March 1904, re-enggaed as Drummer 23 November 1911, discharged 23 December 1912, served in Malata 8 January 1909 to 17 January 1912, Egypt 18 January 1912 to 21 December 1912, qualified for the Camel Corps June 1912. Buried in AXMINSTER CEMETERY, Devon. Grave reference C. O. 54. Buried in BETHUNE TOWN CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot I. Row B. Grave 26.
CHICK
William Charles
Private 202213, 1/7th Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment. Killed in action Friday 17 August 1917. Born Chard, Somerset, enlisted and resident Axminster. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 75 to 77.
CLAYBYN
Edward Charles
Serjeant 8199, 1st Battalion, Devonshire Regiment. Killed in action Sunday 11 April 1915. Aged 27. Born Fowey, Cornwall, enlisted Axminster, Devon. Son of Mr. E. and Mrs. S. Claybyn, of 3, Trinity Terrace, Axminster, Devon; brother of Thomas and William (below). Buried in AEROPLANE CEMETERY, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot III. Row B. Grave 33.
CLAYBYN
Thomas Pratt
Corporal 2573, 51st Battalion, Australian Infantry, A.I.F. Killed in action Sunday 3 September 1916. Aged 31. Son of Mr. E. Claybyn, of 3, Trinity Terrace, Axminster, Devon, England, and the late Mrs. S. J. Claybyn; brother of Edward (above) and William (below). Born at Hertford. Ironmongers Assistant. Educated Grammar School, Towey, Cornwall. Emigrated aged 27. No known grave. Commemorated at VILLERS-BRETONNEUX MEMORIAL, Somme, France.
CLAYBYN
William Arthur
Corporal 1688, Royal Horse Guards (The Blues). Died of wounds Sunday 18 October 1914. Aged 36. Born Fowey, Cornwall, resident Axminster, Devon, enlisted St. Pancras, Middlesex. Son of Mr. E. and Mrs. S. Claybyn, of 3 Trinity Terrace, Axminster, Devon; brother of Edward and Thomas (above). Buried in YPRES TOWN CEMETERY, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Row D1. Grave 6.
COOTE
Alfred Arthur
Private 9436, 4th Battalion, Coldstream Guards. Died of wounds Tuesday 4 July 1916. Born Ottery St. Mary, Devon, enlisted Axminster. Buried in ESSEX FARM CEMETERY, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot II. Row V. Grave 10.
COOTE
Frederick William
Private 1638, 1/4th Battalion (Territorials), Devonshire Regiment. Killed in action in Mesopotamia Saturday 3 February 1917. Born Ottery St. Mary, Devon, enlisted Axminster. Buried in AMARA WAR CEMETERY, Iraq. Plot XVIII. Row J. Grave 6.
DIMON
William
Private G/2035, 7th Battalion, Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Killed in action Tuesday 23 January 1917. Son of William and Annie Dimon, of 1 Brook Cottages, Sector, Axminster; husband of Mrs. Ethel Dimon (nee Martin), of 22 Ambrose Street, Bermondsey, London S.E., married 15 November 1914 in St. james Church, Bermondsey, daughter Ethel Vera born 31 March 1916 in Bermondsey. Born Axminster, enlisted Deptford, London S.E., resident Bermondsey, London S.E. Attested 7 September 1914 as 2035, 7th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment, Born Axminster, Devon, aged 21 years 300 days, barman by trade, married, height 5 feet 6¼ inches, weight 133lbs, chest 37 inches, decayed teeth.Wounded on duty 30 September 1916. Buried in AVELUY COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Somme, France. Row L. Grave 7.
ELSON
Gerald Cecil
Private 7360, 1st Battalion, Dorsetshire Regiment. Killed in action Wednesday 9 September 1914. Born North Perrott, Somerset, enlisted Dorchester, Dorset, resident Axminster, Devon. Buried in MONTREUIL-AUX-LIONS BRITISH CEMETERY, Aisne, France. Special Memorial Panel.
ENDICOTT
Charles [William] aka Charlie
[Transcribed as as ENTICOTT, listed as ENDICOTT on CWGC and Canadian Archives] Private 454670, Royal Canadian Regiment. Died Monday 14 May 1917. Aged 19. Born 1 March 1895 in Axminster. Son of Thomas and Mary Endicott, of Winkwell, Secktor, Axminster, Devon. Farm Labourer by trade. Unmarried. Passed fit 5 July 1915 and attested 7 July 1915 at Ottawa, height 5 feet 5½ inches, chest 32½ inches, complexion tanned and ruddy, eyes brown, hair black, religious denomination Church of England. Buried in BOIS-CARRE BRITISH CEMETERY, THELUS, Pas de Calais, France. Plot VI. Row A. Grave 15. National Archives of Canada Accession Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 2911 - 23
ENTICOTT
Arthur
Private 27527, 10th Battalion, Duke Of Cornwall's Light Infantry. Died of wounds Sunday 29 April 1917. Born and enlisted Axminster, Devon. Buried in STE. CATHERINE BRITISH CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Row B. Grave 1.
ENTICOTT
Samuel Board
Private 14576, 9th Battalion, Devonshire Regiment. Died Saturday 1 July 1916. Aged 33. Son of Samuel and Anna Maria Enticott, of South St., Axminster, Devon. Buried in DEVONSHIRE CEMETERY, MAMETZ, Somme, France. Row A. Grave 8.
FARMER
Joseph
Private 4901, 1st Battalion, Coldstream Guards. Died Sunday 15 April 1917. Aged 33. Born and enlisted Axminster, Devon, resident Tilbury, Essex. Husband of Florence Ellen Farmer, of 15, Railway Cottages, Tilbury, Essex. Buried in MEZA (NIKOLAI) CEMETERY, Latvia. Plot II. Row A. Grave 1,
FISH
Alfred William
Private 9776, 1st Battalion, Devonshire Regiment. Killed in action Saturday 1 July 1916. Born and resident Axminster, Devon, enlisted Exeter. Buried in WAILLY ORCHARD CEMETERY , Pas de Calais, France. Plot I. Row C. Grave 8.
FROOM
John
Private 3/7846, 2nd Battalion, Devonshire Regiment. Killed in action Wednesday 13 January 1915. Born and resident Axminster, Devon, enlisted Exeter. No known grave. Commemorated on LE TOURET MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 8 and 9.
GIMBLETT
Raymond John
Second Lieutenant, 15th Division Ammunition Column, Royal Field Artillery. Died Thursday 20 February 1919. Aged 24. Son of John and Selina Gimblett, of "Belmont," Lyme Rd., Axminster, Devon. Buried in HALLE COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Vlaams-Brabant, Belgium. Row A. Grave 61.
GRIBBLE
Percy Henry
Private 8534, 2nd Battalion, Devonshire Regiment. Killed in action Friday 12 March 1915. Born and enlisted Axminster, Devon. No known grave. Commemorated on LE TOURET MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 8 and 9.
HARRIS
Archibald James
Acting Corporal 9391, 1st Battalion, Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry. Died of wounds Friday 9 April 1915. Aged 23. Born and resident Dalwood, Axminster, Devon, enlisted Bodmin. Son of William and Ellen Harris, of Castle Mount Square, Axminster, Devon. Buried in POPERINGHE OLD MILITARY CEMETERY, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot II. Row N. Grave 51.
HARRIS
John [Fowler] aka Jack
Lance Corporal 2723, 1st/4th Battalion, Princess Charlotte Of Wales's (Royal Berkshire Regiment). Killed in action Tuesday 16 May 1916. Aged 22. Born and resident Axminster, Devon, enlisted Reading. Son of William Joseph Harris, of Beeches, Axminster. Buried in HEBUTERNE MILITARY CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot I. Row C. Grave 1.
HAYSOM
William
[Transcribed as HAYSON] Private 15820, 9th (Service) Battalion, Devonshire Regiment. Killed in action Friday 12 November 1915. Born Sturminster, Dorset, enlisted Axminster, Devon. Buried in BROWN'S ROAD MILITARY CEMETERY, FESTUBERT, Pas de Calais, France. Plot V. Row D. Grave 6.
HOSKINS
Benjamin aka Ben
Private 818, 3rd/4th Battalion (Territorials), Devonshire Regiment. Died in United Kingdom Friday 24 September 1915. Born and enlisted Axminster, Devon. Buried in AXMINSTER CEMETERY, Devon. Grave reference C. F (A). 98.
HOSKINS
Reginald
Private 19924, 5th Battalion, Duke Of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire Regiment). Killed in action at Gallipoli Tuesday 30 November 1915. Born Aldershot, resident Axminster, Devon, enlisted Gloucester. Formerly 58467, Royal Field Artillery. Buried in GREEN HILL CEMETERY, Turkey (including Gallipoli). Plot II. Row E. Grave 20.
LETHABY
Leonard William
Lance Serjeant 597, 1st/4th Battalion, Devonshire Regiment. Killed in action in Mesopotamia Saturday 3 February 1917. Aged 26. Born and enlisted Axminster, Devon. Son of Mrs. E. Lethaby, of Castle Hill, Axminster, Devon. No known grave. Commemorated on BASRA MEMORIAL, Iraq . Panel 11.
LOUD
Thomas
Driver 173787, 228th Field Company, Royal Engineers. Killed in action Wednesday 4 September 1918. Born and enlisted Axminster, Devon. Son of George and Tryphena Loud, of Stoney Bridge, Axminster, Devon. Formerly 16583, Devonshire Regiment, transferred 12 June 1916, assigned to 237th Feild Company assigned 228th Field Company 3 November 1917. Attested 10 Decdember 1915 at Axminster, aged 19 years 7 months, labourer by trade, height 5 feet 3 inches, weight 107 lbs, 32½ inches, siblings 7 brothers and 6 sisters. Buried in LIJSSENTHOEK MILITARY CEMETERY, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot XXIV. Row D. Grave 25A.
LUFF
Archibald N
Private 25664, 9th Battalion, King's Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment) attached to 65th Trench Mortar Battery. Died in Axminster, Devon Monday 23 July 1917. Aged 23. Born and enlisted Axminster, Devon. Son of Edward and Alice Mary Luff, of Woodbury House, Axminster, Devon. Buried in SARIGOL MILITARY CEMETERY, KRISTON, Greece. Plot B. Grave 335.
LUMBARD
Francis Charles
Private 49776, 2nd Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment. Died of wounds Thursday 25 April 1918. Born and enlisted Axminster, Devon. Buried in CROUY BRITISH CEMETERY, CROUY-SUR-SOMME, Somme, France. Plot I. Row B. Grave 27.
MAIDMENT
Albert Charles
Private 2840, 1st/4th Battalion (Territorials), Devonshire Regiment. Died in Mesopotamia Friday 30 June 1916. Aged 26. Born and enlisted Axminster, Devon. Son of James and Sarah Maidment, of Musbury Rd., Axminster, Devon. No known grave. Commemorated on BASRA MEMORIAL, Iraq. Panel 11.
MAIDMENT
Frederick D
Private 3/7053, 2nd Battalion, Devonshire Regiment. Killed in action Wednesday 24 April 1918. Aged 42. Born and resident Axminster, Devon, enlisted Exeter. Son of James Maidment, of Musbury Rd., Axminster, Devon, and the late Sarah Jane Maidment. Buried in ADELAIDE CEMETERY, VILLERS-BRETONNEUX, Somme, France. Plot II. Row F. Grave 21.
MENCE
William Charles
Captain, Royal Army Medical Corps. Died Friday 25 July 1919. Aged 42. Son of William Cookes Mence; husband of Dorothy Wynn Mence, of Quarry Farm, Uplyme, Dorset. Buried in AXMINSTER CEMETERY, Devon. Grave reference C. F (A). 115.
MOULDING
Ernest James
Private 241347, 1st Battalion, Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Died of wounds Saturday 6 October 1917. Aged 27. Born and enlisted Axminster, Devon. Son of Emily Moulding, of Axminster; husband of B. L. Bowles (formerly Moulding), of 25, South Wallington, Fareham, Hants. Buried in LIJSSENTHOEK MILITARY CEMETERY, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot XX. Row I. Grave 1.
PAGE
Ralph [William]
Lance Serjeant 8441, 1st Battalion, Devonshire Regiment. Died Tuesday 5 November 1918. Aged 29. Born Axminster, Devon. Husband of Beatrice Mary Harding (formerly Page [CWGC] or White [Attesation]), of Devon Cot, Worston, Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset, married 2 September 1912 at St. Mary's Church, Axminster. Attested 11 September 1907, aged 18, 8441, 1st Battalion, Devonshire Regiment, height 5 feet 4 inches, weight 109 lbs, chest 35 inches, fresh complexion, brown eyes, black hair, religious denomination Church of England, transferred to Reserve 21 May 1913, mobilized 15 August 1914. Discharged 29 November 1917 due to bullet wound in his abdomen requiring an abdominal belt received in action 23 April 1917 at Lens, aged 28 years 8 months, height 5 feet 8 inches, dark complexion, brown eyes, black hair, brushmaker by trade, intended place of residence North Street, Axminster, Devon. Buried in AXMINSTER CEMETERY, Devon. Grave reference C. O. 71.
PARKER
Albert H.
No further information currently
PAVEY
Thomas Frank
Lance Corporal 31763, 7th Battalion, Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry. Died of wounds Thursday 16 May 1918. Aged 28. Born Axminster, Devon, enlisted Wimborne, Dorset. Son of Mary Ann Pavey, of Erin House, Chard St., Axminster, Devon, and the late John James Pavey. Formerly 17061, Dorsetshire Regiment. Buried in ST. SEVER CEMETERY EXTENSION, ROUEN, Seine-Maritime, France. Section P. Plot XI. Row K. Grave 3A.
PEACH, MM
Ernest William
Lance Corporal 22758, 2nd Battalion, Coldstream Guards. Died in Germany Wednesday 30 October 1918. Born and enlisted Axminster, Devon, resident Bettiscombe, Dorset. Awarded the Military Medal (M.M.). Buried at COLOGNE SOUTHERN CEMETERY, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Plot X. Row F. Grave 6.
PERCY-HARDMAN
William Henry
Captain, 4th Battalion, Devonshire Regiment attached to 187th Company, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry). Died of wounds Thursday 1 March 1917. Commemorated in AMARA WAR CEMETERY, Iraq. Commemorated on Shaikh Saad Old Cemetery Memorial.
PERHAM
Frederick Charles
Serjeant 200694 [CWGC] or 2351 [SDGW and GRO], 1st/4th Battalion (Territorials), Devonshire Regiment. Killed in action Saturday 3 February 1917. In the 1891 census he was aged 5, born Devon, a scholar, resident with his parents, William C and Maria L Perham, at Wilhaye Lane, Axminster, Devon. Birth registered in the July to September Quarter 1885 in the Axminster Registration District, Devon. Buried in AMARA WAR CEMETERY, Iraq. Plot XXI. Row K. Grave 3.
PERHAM
John
Private 3215, 2/4th Battalion (Territorials), Devonshire Regiment. Died in Mesopotamia Monday 1 May 1916. Enlisted Axminster, Devon. No known grave. Commemorated on BASRA MEMORIAL, Iraq. Panel 11.
PERRYMAN
Frank [Harry Tom]
Private 032331, Depot, Royal Army Ordnance Corps. Died Wednesday 19 November 1919. Aged 30. Son of Barnabas and Emily Perryman, of South St., Axminster. Buried in AXMINSTER CEMETERY, Devon. Grave reference C. G (A). 108.
PHIPPEN
Thomas Leonard
Corporal 1508, 1/4th Battalion, Dorsetshire Regiment. Died in Mesopotamia 28 June [SDGW] or Saturday 26 August 1916 [CWGC]. Born Axminster, Devon, enlisted Bridport, Dorset. Birth registered in the July to September Quarter 1890 in the Axminster Registration District. In the 1891 census he was new born, born Axminster, resident with his parents, Thomas and Ellen Phippen, at Castle Hill, Axminster, Devon. In the 1911 census he was aged 20, born Axminster, a Cabinet Maker, boarding at 40 King Street, Bridport, Dorset. Buried in BASRA WAR CEMETERY, Iraq. Plot VI. Row K. Grave 22.
POMEROY
James
Leading Stoker K/15314, H.M.S. "Anchusa", Royal Navy. Killed as a direct result of enemy action Tuesday 16 July 1918. Born 22 October 1890 in Honiton, Devon. Husband of E. Nellie Pomeroy, of 2, Coombe St., Lyme Regis, Dorset. Enllisted 8 July 1912 for 12 years, height 5 feet7¼ inches, chest 35¾ inches, light brown hair, blue eyes, fair complexion. No known grave. Commemorated on PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Devon. Panel 28.
POMEROY
Ralph
Private 3815, 1st/6th Battalion, Devonshire Regiment. Died Friday 8 September 1916. Aged 29. Son of Mrs. J. Hillier (formerly Pomeroy), of South St., Axminster, and the late James Pomeroy; husband of Evelyn Florence Pomeroy, of Castle St, Axminster, Devon. No known grave. Commemorated on BASRA MEMORIAL, Iraq. Panel 11.
RICHARDS
John Henry
Private 42070, Devonshire Regiment transferred to 139230, 385th Company, Labour Corps. Aged 21. Husband of Dorothy Kate Jeffery (formerly Richards), of 14, North St., Axminster.Died Saturday 2 November 1918. Buried in AXMINSTER CEMETERY, Devon. Grave reference C. C (A). 101.
ROUGH
Colin Thomas
Gunner 81889, Royal Garrison Artillery. Died from influenza and pneumonia, contracted in France, at Higher Wyke Farm, Axminster, Saturday 8 February 1919. Aged 22. Born 2 September 1896 in Charmouth, Dorset, birth registered in the October to December Quarter 1896 in the Bridport Registration District, Dorset. Admitted in 1910 to South Axminster National School. Axminster, Devon. Son of Thomas and Delia Rough, of Higher Wyke Farm, Axminster, Devon. Attested 11 December 1916, resident Higher Wyke, Axminster, Devon, aged 19 years 3 months, as 81889, 218th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery, unmarried, farmer by trade, height 5 feet 8 inches, chest 38 inches, 144lbs. Buried in AXMINSTER CEMETERY, Devon. Grave reference C. E (A). 105.
RUSSELL
William James
Private 1306, 1/4th Battalion (Territorials), Devonshire Regiment attached to 2nd Battalion, Dorsetshire Regiment. Died of wounds in the Persian Gulf (Mesopotamia) Friday 3 December 1915. Enlisted Axminster, Devon. Son of James and Elizabeth Russell, of 11, Hillhead Terrace, Axminster, Devon. Attested December 1906, born Axminster, aged 23 years 8 months, Carpenter by trade, resident Axminster, unmarried, height 5 feet 4½ inches, chest 34½ inches, qualified as 1st Class Signaller 14 November 1915, went to Mesopotamia 20 May 1915. Buried in AMARA WAR CEMETERY, Iraq. Plot I. Row A. Grave 9.
SILK
William Rogers
Private 11949, 4th (Queen's Own) Hussars. Killed in action Monday 25 March 1918. Born and resident Axminster, Devon, enlisted Exeter. Birth registered in the April to June Quarter 1891 in the Axminster Registration District. Buried in VIGNEMONT FRENCH NATIONAL CEMETERY, Oise, France. Row F. Grave 4.
SLOMAN
Albert John
Private 492118, 1st/13th Kensington Battalion, London Regiment. Died Thursday 28 March 1918. Aged 34. Son of James Henry and Mary Ann Sloman, of Millbrook, Axminster, Devon. No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 9 or 10.
SNELL
Edwin Alfred William
Private DS/336, 16th Battalion, Duke of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex Regiment). Died from Cerebal Spinal Meninjitis, at Willesden Isolation Hospital, Neasden, London N.W., Thursday 8 April 1915. Aged 20. Son of Henry and Annie Snell, of 32, West Avenue, Hendon, London. Born at Axminster, Devon. Attested 10 September 1914 at Kilburn as 336, 16th (Public School) Battalion, Duke of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex Regiment), aged 22 years 5 months, born Axminster, Devon, hairdresser by trade, height 5 feet 4½ inches, weight 126lbs, chest 33½ inches, fair complexion, blue eyes, light brown hair, religious denomination Church of England. Buried in HENDON (ST. MARY) CHURCHYARD, Middlesex. Special memorial.
SNELL
Tom Summers
Private 35908, 11th Battalion, Essex Regiment. Killed in action Friday 22 March 1918. Born Axminster, Devon, resident Harlesden, Middlesex, enlisted Mill Hill, Middlesex. No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 7.
SPILLER
John
Private 5502, 1st Battalion, Devonshire Regiment. Killed in action Friday 23 October 1914. Born and enlisted Axminster, Devon. No known grave. Commemorated on LE TOURET MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 8 and 9.
SPILLER
William John
Private 15893, 9th (Service) Battalion, Devonshire Regiment. Killed in action Wednesday 6 September 1916. Born and enlisted Axminster, Devon. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 1 C.
SPRAGUE
Charles Frederick
Acting Corporal (Lance Corporal) 8760, 2nd Battalion, Devonshire Regiment. Killed in action Sunday 9 May 1915. Born and enlisted Axminster, Devon. No known grave. Commemorated on PLOEGSTEERT MEMORIAL, Hainaut, Belgium. Panel 3.
SPRAGUE
Leslie Walter
Private 1863, 1/4th Battalion (Territorials), Devonshire Regiment. Killed in action in Mesopotamia Saturday 3 February 1917. Born and enlisted Axminster, Devon. Buried in AMARA WAR CEMETERY, Iraq. Plot XVIII. Row F. Grave 7.
SPRAGUE
Reginald C
Private 2570, 1/4th Battalion (Territorials), Devonshire Regiment. Killed in action in Mesopotamia Saturday 3 February 1917. Born and enlisted Axminster, Devon. Buried in AMARA WAR CEMETERY, Iraq. Plot XVIII. Row F. Grave 6.
STENTIFORD
Frederick John
Private 7952, 1st Battalion, Devonshire Regiment. Died 30 October 1914. Aged 26. Born 5 November 1887, baptised 25 December 1887, at St Budeaux, Devonport. Son of George (a Sergeant of Police) and Sarah Stentiford, of South View, Axminster, Devon. In the 1911 census he was a serving soldier, born Plymouth, Devon, aged 23, based at Saint George's Barracks, Malta, Corporal, 2nd Battalion, Devonshire Regiment, unmarried. In the 1901 census he was aged 13, born St Budeax, Devon, resident with his parents, George and Sarah, at Police Station, Church Street, Axminster, Devon. No known grave. Commemorated on LE TOURET MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 8 and 9.
STRAWBRIDGE
Henry [John] aka Harry
Private 17711, 5th Battalion, Dorsetshire Regiment. Killed in action Tuesday 26 September 1916. Born Axminster, Devon, enlisted Lyme Regis, Dorset. Birth registered in the October to December Quarter 1885 in the Axminster Registration District, Devon. Married Lily Annie Emmett 25 Deceember 1908 in the Axminster Registration District, Devon. No known grave. In the 1901 census he was aged 15, born Axminster, a Chemist's Porter, resident with his parents, Frederick and Rosa Strawbridge, in Albert Terrace, Axminster, Devon. In the 1911 census he was aged 25, married, born Axminster, a Porter for Wine And Spirit Merchant, resident with his wife, Lily Annie, at 2 Coombe Street, Lyme Regis, Dorset. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 7 B.
SWEETLAND
Charles Edward
Private 102807, 148th Company, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry). Killed in action Wednesday 28 November 1917. Aged 19. Born 28 June 1898, and enlisted, Axminster, Devon. Brother of Thomas Sweetland who died 23 January 1914. Formerly 30490, Devonshire Regiment. In the 1901 census he was aged 3, born Axminster, resident with his parents, Henry (aka Harry) and Laura M Sweetland, at Higher Wyke, Axminster, Devon. Admitted to South Axminster National School, Axminster, in 1902 and 1907. Also commemorated on his brother's gravestone in Axminster Cemetery. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 154 to 159 and 163A.
TUCKER
Sidney James
Driver T2/11764, Horse Transport, Railhead Supply Company, Royal Army Service Corps. Died Tuesday 29 February 1916. Aged 29. Born London, resident and enlisted Axminster. Son of Solomon William and Maria Jane Tucker, of 34, Hawley Rd., Kentish Town, London. Enlisted September 1914, at Axminster, Devon. Buried in ST. SEVER CEMETERY, ROUEN, Seine-Maritime, France. Plot A. Row 18. Grave 1
WHITE
Frederick George
Private 8545, 2nd Battalion, Devonshire Regiment. Killed in action Friday 18 December 1914. Born and resident Axminster, Devon, enlisted Exeter. Buried in PONT-DU-HEM MILITARY CEMETERY, LA GORGUE, Nord, France. Plot IV. Row A. Grave 7.
WILLEY
Frederick Charles
Private 3/5013, 2nd Battalion, Devonshire Regiment. Killed in action Tuesday 31 July 1917. Born and resident Axminster, Devon, enlisted Honiton. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 21.
WOODLAND
William Henry
Private 34703, 8th Battalion, The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. Killed in action Wednesday 1 August 1917. Aged 36. Born Ilminster, Somerset, enlisted Axminster, Devon. Son of Adolphus and Elizabeth Woodland, of Ashill, Ilminster, Somerset; husband of May Ellen Woodland, of Coombe Cottage, Axminster, Devon. Formerly 179494, Royal Engineers. Buried at HOOGE CRATER CEMETERY, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot IV. Row C. Grave 8.
YOUNG
Charles
Private 78881, Depot, Devonshire Regiment. Formerly 7084, Devonshire Regiment. Son of John Young, of Axminster. Birth registered in the January to March Quarter 1883 in the Axminster Registration District, Devon. Attested 8 September 1902 at Axminster, aged 19 years 7 months, born Axminster, Labourer by trade, unmarried, as 7084, Devonshire Regiment, transferred to reserve 7 September 1910, re-engaged 20 April 1914. Discharged being physically unfit for War Service 29 January 1915, at Exeter, having a shrapnel wound in his right hand received 20 October 1914 at La Bassée, aged 31. Height 5 feet 4 inches, chest 36 inches, weight 115lbs, sallow complexion, brown eyes, brown hair, labourer by trade, intended residence 49 Ashburton Grove, Holloway, London N. Married Edith Emily Wilson at St. James, Holloway, London 6 October 1912; one daughter born 11 April 1914 at Highbury. *** No death/burial record located - not listed on CWGC ***
YOUNG
Philip
Serjeant 10638, 2nd Battalion, Durham Light Infantry. Died of wounds, at No. 10 Casualty Clearing Station, Thursday 12 August 1915. Born 27 August 1888 in Axminster, resident Axminster, enlisted London. Son of John and Hannah Young, of Hill Head Terrace, Axminster, Devon. In the 1901 census he was aged 13, born Axminster, resident with his parents, John and Hannah Young, at Higher Jackleigh, Axminster, Devon. Admitted to South Axminster National School, Axminster, Devon in 1895. In the 1891 census he was aged 3, born Devon, resident with his parents. John and Hannah, at Millbrook, Axminster, Devon. Attested 1908 as 10638, 2nd Battalion, Durham Light Infantry, aged 19, born Axminster, height 5 feet 5¼ inches, weight 123lbs, chest 34 inches, fresh complexion, brown eyes, brown hair, religious denomination Church of England. Promoted Corporal 23 August 1918; Serjeant 25 July 1915. Went to France 8 September 1914. Previously employed as a barman. Brother of Mrs. L. Massey, of 64, Upper Park Road, Hampstead, London. Buried in LIJSSENTHOEK MILITARY CEMETERY, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot III. Row D. Grave 24.

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