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BRADNINCH WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & South African Conflict - Detailed information
Compiled and copyright © Mike Leonard 2008

There are several external and internal memorials in Bradninch.

Within St Disens Church is a marble plaque commemorating those who died in the South African (Boer) war. This memorial takes the form of a white marble inscription tablet mounted onto an alabaster backboard with a coloured raised shield with the arms of Bradninch is in the upper left hand corner of the backboard and a banner is next to it. This memorial was the work of the sculptors Messrs. Harry Hems and Sons. There are four names listed.

There is an exteranl memorial in the forecourt of the Town Hall in Fore Street, Bradnich. It takes the form of a two-stepped octagonal base surmounted by square tapering plinth, shaft and wheel cross with the inscription on one side of the plinth and on the sides of the steps; there is a metal crest at the base of the 6 o'clock face of the shaft. The whole stands on a raised grass area. There are 52 names listed for World War 1, 12 for World War 2 and one for the Korean War (1950-1953).

Within St Disens Church are two memorials, one for those who died in World War 1 and another to those who died in World War 2 and Korea. The World War 1 memorial takes the form of a metal plaque set within a carved marble frame with the inscription in relief, a Maltese cross in the upper left hand corner of the plaque and Bradninch crest in relief in the upper right hand corner of the plaque; there is a laurel leaf design carved on the frame. There are 52 names listed for World War 1, the same as the external memorial. The World War 2 and Korean Memorial takes the form of a wooden board with laurel leaves carved at the sides, the names painted onto the main part of the board and dedicatory gold painted inscription carved in relief at the base. There are 12 names for World War 2 and one for Korea (again the same as the external memorial). There is also a single marble plaque commemorating Lt. Col. Collis George Hebert St. Hill.

A transcription is still required for the names listed for World War 2 and Korea.

Photographs Copyright © Mike Leonard 2008

External memorial:

FAITHFUL TO KING AND COUNTRY
TO THE HONOURED MEMORY
OF THE MEN OF BRADNINCH
WHO LAID DOWN THEIR LIVES
IN THE GREAT WAR
1914 - 1919

Internal memorial:

TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND IN GRATEFUL MEMORY OF 52 MEN OF
BRADNINCH WHO IN THE GREAT WAR 1914 - 19 WITH NOBLE DEVOTION
LAID DOWN THEIR LIVES FOR KING AND COUNTRY.

BEER
Edward George
29947 Private, 1st/5th Battalion, Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry; formerly 8/1298, Territorial Reserve Battalion. Was wounded and taken prisoner 12-17 April but died at the Field Hospital, Seclin 20 April 1918. Aged 19. Born in Bradninch in 1899, enlisted Tiverton, resident Bradninch. Son of George and Elizabeth Beer, of Fore St., Bradninch, Devon. Son of George Beer who in 1901 was a Stable Job Master and Carrier living in Fore Street of Bradninch with his wife Elizabeth the daughter of Thomas Elliott from Dunsford. Edward was educated at the local boys school and became a Clerk. Enlisted 22 February 1917 and served with the Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders from 10 January 1918. Buried in CABARET-ROUGE BRITISH CEMETERY, SOUCHEZ, Pas de Calais, France. Plot VIII. Row H. Grave 12.
BOWDEN
Harry
R/2556 Able Seaman, Anson Battalion, Royal Naval Division. Died in France 26 October 1917. Aged 35. Son of Mary Ann Bowden (w); husband of Alice Bowden of Peter Street,  Bradninch.  Born in Bradninch 25 December 1882. 1901 Harry a hawker on glaze rolls in paper mill - of Mary Ann Bowden (widow) (58) Peter Street – a rag sorter at Paper Mill – neighbour of the Vicary’s. In 1891 Mary was also a widow in the Workhouse neighbouring Dunmore & working in Paper Mill. Harry may have married Jan-Mar 1905 – Tiverton district – to an Alice Westcott. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 2 to 3 and 162 to 162A.
BRYANT
Ernest Frederick
L/6921 Officer's Steward 3rd Class, HMS Vivid (Shore Establishment), Royal Navy. Died 28 June 1918. Aged 20. Son of Annie Radford (formerly Bryant), and of John Radford (step-father), of Parsonage St., Bradninch. Born in Cullompton 7 January 1897. Prior to enlistment he was a mill hand. Height 5 feet 7¼ inches. chest 34 inches, brown hair, brown eyes, fresh complexion. Buried in BRADNINCH BURIAL GROUND, Devon. Grave 152.
BURROWS
Frederick John
[Listed as John on SDGW and CWGC] 30626 Private, 8th (Service) Battalion, Devonshire Regiment. Killed in action 9 May 1917. Aged 20.  Born and enlisted Cullumpton. Son of Frederick and Elizabeth Burrows (nee Clark, they married 1896), of Fore Street, Bradninch. Born in Bradninch in 1898. No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais. France. Bay 4.
CHAMBERLAIN
Edwin
7645 Private, 1st Battalion, Devonshire Regiment. Killed in action 25 October 1914. Aged 26. Born and enlisted Exeter, resident Bardninch. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Chamberlain, of Bradninch, Devon; husband of Alice Maud Chamberlain, of 78, William St., Ystrad (Rhondda), Glam. Edwin was son of Fanny – a Widow & Charwoman. Edwin was a machine boy in the Mill and they lived on Cullompton Hill. In 1891 Fanny was on Parish Relief & again in 1901 times were evidently very difficult. Born in Silverton in the March Quarter of 1897. No known grave. Commemorated on LE TOURET MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 8 and 9.
COLEMAN
Frederick William
[Listed as W F COLEMAN on CWGC] G/23692 Private, 10th Battalion, Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Killed in action 7 June 1917. Aged 28. Born and enlisted Cullompton. Born in Cullompton in the March Quarter of 1879. Son of Jane Coleman, of Seckerbeigh, Tiverton. Buried in DICKEBUSCH NEW MILITARY CEMETERY EXTENSION, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot III. Row B. Grave 29.
COLLINS
Frederick James
J/85500  Ordinary Seaman, HMS Vivid (Shore establishment), Royal Navy.  Died aboard M.F.A. China, Hospital Ship, 3 April 1918 of illness (influenza). Aged 18. Son of  John and Lottie Collins of Manor Cottage, Bradninch. Born in Hillingdon, Middlesex in the March Quarter of 1900. Buried in BRADNINCH BURIAL GROUND, Devon. Grave 184.
COPP
Sidney Archibald
20042 Private, 2nd Battalion, Devonshire Regiment. Killed in action 1 July 1916. Aged 22. Born Silverton, Devon, enlisted Cullumpton, resident Bradninch. Son of William and Polly Copp, of Mount Pleasant, Bradninch; brother of Tom (see below). Born in Silverton in the June Quarter of 1894. Died on the same day as his brother. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 1 C.
COPP
Thomas
20402 Private, 9th (Service) Battalion, Devonshire Regiment. Killed in action 1 July 1916. Aged 32. Born Dinpark, Devon, enlisted Exter, resident Bradninch. Son of William and Polly Copp, of Mount Pleasant, Bradninch; brother of Sidney (see above). Born in Bradninch in the September Quarter of 1885 Died on the same day as his brother. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 1 C.
DANIELS
Albert Emmanuel
[Spelt DANIELLS on SDGW & CWGC] 33169 Private,  "A" Company, 2nd Battalion, Devonshire Regiment. Died of wounds 20 June 1917. Aged 25. Born and enlisted Bradninch. Son of Francis and Fanny Daniells, of Bradninch, Devon; husband of Rose Ellen Daniells, of 2, Culme View, Exeter Rd., Cullompton, Devon; brother of Albert (see below). Born in Bradninch in the March Quarter of 1892. Buried in BELGIAN BATTERY CORNER CEMETERY, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot I. Row A. Grave 6.
DANIELS
Francis James Reginald aka Frank
241926 Lance Corporal, "A" Company, 2nd/8th Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment.  Died 10 June 1918. Aged 32. Born and resident Bradninch, enlisted Cullompton. Son of Mr. F. J. R. and Mrs. F. E. Daniels, of Hence St., Bradninch; brother of Albert (see above) Born in Bradninch in 1886. Buried in ST. SOUPLET BRITISH CEMETERY, Nord, France. Plot II. Row D. Grave 4.
DON, MM
Alexander James
[Listed as J A DON on memorial] L/19161 Acting Corporal, "D" Battery, 52nd Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Killed in action 16 May 1917. Aged 35. Born Custom House, London E., enlisted Stratford, London E. Son of Mary Don (widow) who came from Scotland to work in the paper factory at Bradninch. Born in West Ham in 1882. Awarded the Military Medal (M.M.). Buried in POINT-DU-JOUR MILITARY CEMETERY, ATHIES, Pas de Calais, France. Plot III. Row C. Grave 10.
DREW
Charles Eli
1007 Private, 1st/4th Battalion, Devonshire Regiment.  Killed in action in Mesopotamia 8 March 1916. Aged 27. Born and enlisted Cullompton. Son of Eli and Annie Drew of Cullompton. Born in Cullompton in 1889. No known grave. Commemorated on BASRA MEMORIAL, Iraq. Panel 11.
ELLIOTT
Stanley
2540 (S) Private, Training Unit, Royal Naval Division, Royal Marines. Died 26 March 1919. Aged 24. Son of Henry and Susan Elliott; brother of Victor (see below). Born in Cape Town SA 17 November 1894. Buried in BRADNINCH BURIAL GROUND, Devon. Grave 203.
ELLIOTT
Victor
WR/328164 Sapper, Railway Operating Division, Royal Engineers. Died 11 April 1919. Aged 20. Son of Henry and Susan Elliott; brother of Stanley (see above). Born in Cape Town SA in 1899. Buried in BRADNINCH BURIAL GROUND, Devon. Grave 203.
FLAY
Ernest
18569 Private, 2nd Battalion, Devonshire Regiment. Killed in action 25 November 1917. Aged 27. Born Silverton, Devon, enlisted Exeter, resident Bradninch. Stepson of John Webb and Mary Ann (formerly Flay); husband oof Lucy Cora Lily Flay, of Church Lane, Bradninch. Born in Silverton in 1891. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 38 to 40.
FORCE
John
191948 Gunner, 25th Heavy Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Died of wounds 6 November 1918. Aged 20. Born Bradninch, enlisted Cardiff. Son of Robert and Sarah Force, of Bradninch, Devon; husband of Lilian Mary Force, of 20, Clive Rd., Canton, Cardiff. Born in Bradninch in 1898. Buried in BUSIGNY COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Nord, France. Plot VIII. Row A. Grave 32.
FRANKPITT
Ernest Richard
29303 Private, 7th Battalion, East Yorkshire Regiment formerly SS/1502, Army Service Corps. Killed in action 2 January 1918. Aged 33.  Born Bradninch, enlisted Winchesterm resident Kingston, Devon. Son of Robert and Harriet Frankpitt, of Bradninch; husband of Emma Frankpitt, of Southbrook, Countess Weir, Exeter. Born in 1885. Buried in RIBECOURT ROAD CEMETERY, TRESCAULT, Pas de Calais, France. Plot I. Row D. Grave 13.
GITSOM
Horace Augustus
[Listed as GITSON on SDGW] 42054 Private, 13th (Works) Battalion, Devonshire Regiment. Died in United Kingdom 1 February 1917. Aged 22. Born Christow, Devon, enlisted Tiverton. Son of John Pollard and the late Ellen Pollard, of Cullompton Hill, Bradninch. Born in Bristol St Philips in September 1896. Buried in TIDWORTH MILITARY CEMETERY, Wiltshire. Section C. Grave 200.
GLASS
Thomas
862127 Private, 4th Battalion, Canadian Infantry. Died of Acute Lobar Pneumonia at No. 7 General Hospital, St. Omer, 13 September 1917. Aged 38. Son of Thomas and Annie Glass, of Bradninch; husband of Isabella E. Glass, of 75, Vine Avenue, West Toronto.  Born in Bradninch 28 August 1879. Warehouseman by trade. Attested and passed fit 4 February 1916 in Toronto, Canada, aged 36 years 5 months, height 5 feet 7½ inches, chest 39½ inches, dark complexion, brown eyes, dark brown hair, religious denomination Church of England. Buried in LONGUENESSE (ST. OMER) SOUVENIR CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot IV. Row D. Grave 78. National Archives of Canda Accession Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 3578 - 13

Toronto Evening Telegram – 20 September 1917
A few days ago it was reported that Pte. Thomas Glass was ill and his wife has just been informed that the malady has terminated fatally. The blow is all the greater to the family as his letters have invariably been most cheerful and he wrote of playing cricket at the front, being evidently in excellent form. He was an Englishman by birth and came to Canada about four years ago from Devonshire. His widow and two children live at 1684 Dunbas St.

 

 

 

Toronto Star – 5 October 1917
The faint hope which his widow and others have entertained that a mistake had been made when the report came through that Pte. Thomas Glass of West Toronto had died in France was dispelled yesterday when Mrs. Glass received a letter from sergeant working in the same moveable hospital in which her husband had been employed. The writer said “his dear old friend, Tom,” had been ill off and on for some time: that he had suffered with “trench fever” and that complaining of pains in the head, he was sent to a base hospital, where he died three days later. The same mail brought a most cheerful letter, written by Pte. Glass four days before his death. In it he spoke of being in splendid health, recounted the successful doings of the cricket club, of which he was the captain; and referred to having renewed the acquaintance of Fred Lefite
and other old comrades of the Sportsmen’s Battalion.

Toronto Star – 21 September 1917
Another well-known Toronto cricketer has made the supreme sacrifice. The reported death of Tom Glass, who enlisted with and went away with the Sportsmen's Battalion, comes as a shock to his many cricketting friends, who only last week read a letter received from him by The Star, in which he referred to the success of the overseas cricket club of which he was appointed captain. When the 180th band was
broken up, Bandsman Glass transferred to another unit, and, going to France, was dispensary of a base hospital, and in a recent letter received by his wife, who resides at 1684 Dundas street, he spoke of his being in the best of health. Tom was very popular as a cricketer. For two or three years before enlisting he was the captain of the West Toronto Club, and he was generally relied upon as an aggressive bastman, to make runs for his side. It was he who formed, in conjunction with his chums, Pte. Walter Keen and Sergt. Lynch, also members of the western club, the Sportman's cricket team, and it was due largely to his exertions as vice-captain that the cricketers of the basttalion won the majority of the games in which they engaged before they wen overseas. He was a good musician, and was at one time sergeant in the Weston band. He was also a personal friend of poor old Sam Grimshaw, anorther Toronto cricketer who has fallen in the fight.

GODFREY
Philip Thomas
775295 Private, 38th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Eastern Ontario Regiment).   Died 11 January 1917. Aged 27. Born 16 December 1891 in Torquay. Son of Thomas and Beatrice Dora Godfrey, of Bradninch. Tanner by trade. Formerly in 7th Devonshire Cyclists. Unmarried. Enlisted and passed fit 19 November 1915 at 1452 Dundas Street, Toronto, Canada, aged 23 years 121 months, heoght 4 feet 6½ inches, chest 35½ inches, fair complexion, bklue eyes, light brown hair, religious denomination Methodist. Buried in ECOIVRES MILITARY CEMETERY, MONT-ST. ELOI, Pas de Calais, France. Plot IV. Row B. Grave 5. National Archives of Canada Accession Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 3601 - 11

GRIFFIN
John
49491 Private, 12th Battalion, King's Own (Yorkshire Light Infantry) formerly 54200, Royal Engineers. Died 13 April 1918. Aged 23. Son of John and Agnes Griffin, of 56, Salisbury Rd., Gravesend, Kent. Born in Bradninch in 1895, enlisted Gillingham. Buried in OUTTERSTEENE COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, BAILLEUL, Nord, France. Plot II. Row E. Grave 45.
HAYDON
John Henry
7606 Private, 2nd Battalion, Devonshire Regiment. Killed in action 14 April 1917. Aged 32.  Born Cullompton, Devon, enlisted Exeter, resident Bradninch. Son of John and Jane Haydon, of Bradninch, Cullompton; husband of Kate Haydon, of Kentisbeare, Cullompton, Devon. Born in Bradninch in 1885. Buried in VILLERS HILL BRITISH CEMETERY, VILLERS-GUISLAIN, Nord, France. Plot VI. Row C. Grave 30.
HAYDON
Robert
J/21117 Able Seaman, H.M.S. Defence, Royal Navy. Died at the Battle of Jutland 31 May 1916. Aged 21. Son of John and Margaret Haydon of the "The Meeches", West End, Bradninch. Born in Bradninch 25 May 1895. No known grave. Commemorated on PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Devon. Panel 12.

Note: H.M.S. Defence, Battle of Jutland, 31st May -1st June 1916. She was the flagship of Rear Admiral Sir Robert Arbuthnot, leading the First Cruiser Squadron at the Battle of Jutland on 31 May 1916. The other ships of the squadron (HMS Warrior, HMS Duke of Edinburgh, and HMS Black Prince) were of a similar outmoded class.

While closing for the kill at high speed with the SMS Wiesbaden, drifting and crippled between the German and British fleets, Defence presented a target for the combined firepower of the German battlecruisers, whose proximity was hidden by smoke and mist. After initial damage she was struck by a salvo which blew up her after magazine, triggering explosions on the ammunition rails leading to the broadside 7.5 inch guns. Within seconds, another salvo immediately hit forward, and she blew up in a spectacular explosion, sinking with the loss of Arbuthnot and her entire complement of 903 men.

HAYDON
Walter
7178 Private, 2nd Battalion, Coldstream Guards. Died of wounds 27 August 1918. Aged 28. Born Bradninch, enlisted Cullompton, resident Heavitree. Son of Thomas and Mary Jane Haydon. Born in Bradninch in 1890. Buried in DOUCHY-LES-AYETTE BRITISH CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot IV. Row J. Grave 13.
HEAL
Tom
11530 Lance Corporal, 1st Battalion, Devonshire Regiment. Killed in action 27 July 1916. Aged 19.  Born and resident Bradninch, enlisted Exeter. Son of James and Elizabeth Heal, of West End, Bradninch. Born in Bradninch in 1897. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 1 C.
HEPBURN, MC
Roger Paul
Second Lieutenant, 30th Signal Company, Royal Engineers attached to 21st Infantry Brigade. Died of wounds 3 August 1917. Aged 24. Son of the late Sir Thomas Henry Hepburn and his wife Lady Josephine Hepburn, of Bradninch, Devon. Born in Bradninch in the September Quarter of 1893. Educated at Rugby School. Awarded the Military Cross (M.C.). Buried in LIJSSENTHOEK MILITARY CEMETERY, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot XV. Row A. Grave 5.
HOLLETT
William James
7806 Private Hollett, 1st Battalion, Devonshire Regiment. Died of wounds 23 September 1914. Aged 28. Born Bradninch, Cullompton, enlisted Exeter, resident Bradninch. Son of James Hollett; husband of the late Lily Hollett. Born in Bradninch in 1886. Buried in VILLENEUVE-ST. GEORGES OLD COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Val de Marne, France. Plot/Row/Section I. Grave 735.

JEFFERY
Leonard
L/6656 Officer's Cook 3rd Class, H.M.S. Edgar, Royal Navy. Died of illness 1 November 1915. Aged 23. Born 3 November 1892, admitted to Bradninch National School, Bradninch, in 1896, son of Mark. Son of Mark and Sarah Jane Jeffery, of Fore St., Bradninch.  No known grave. Commemorated on PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Devon. Panel 7.
JORDAN
Walter
226368 Gunner, "D" Battery, 17th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Died 26 August 1917. Aged 30. Born Bradninch, enlisted Tiverton, Devon. Son of Edwin and Mary Ann Jordan. Born in Bradninch in 1887. Buried in ARTILLERY WOOD CEMETERY, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot I. Row C. Grave 14.
LANE
Ernest John
7582 Corporal, 8th Battalion, Devonshire Regiment. Killed in action 26 October 1917. Aged 30. Born and enlisted Exeter. Son of Richard and Rhoda Lane, of Laburnham Cottage, Broad Clyst, Exeter. Born in Bradninch in the September Quarter of 1887. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 38 to 40.
LUCAS
Fred
16194 Private, 9th (Service) Battalion, Devonshire Regiment. Killed in action 6 September 1916. Aged 22. Born and resident Bradninch, enlisted Cullompton. Son of William and Bessie Lucas. Born in Bradninch in 1894. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 1 C.
MADDOCK
Samuel
1024115 Private, 75th Battalion, Canadian Infantry. Killed in action 30 August 1917. Born 11 July 1875 in Silverton, Devon. Husband of Florence Mary Maddock, of West End, Bradninch, Devon. Meat packer by trade. Attested and passed fit 5 June 1916 in Toronto, Canada, aged 40 years 11 months, height 5 feet 4¾ inches, chest 36½ inches, fair complexion, brown eyes, dark brown hair, religious denomination Church of England. Buried in CANADIAN CEMETERY NO.2, NEUVILLE-ST. VAAST, Pas de Calais, France. Plot 2. Row D. Grave 29. National Archives of Canada Accession Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 5835 - 7
MORTIMORE
Frank
253280 Private, 3rd (City of London) Battalion (Royal Fusiliers), London Regiment formerly 4173, 5th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment. Died of wounds 20 April 1917. Aged 27. Born Silverton, Devon, enlisted Tiverton, resident Bradninch. Son of Frank and Sarah Mortimore; husband of Annie Mortimore, of Culm View, West End, Bradninch. Born in Silverton in 1890. Buried in WARLINCOURT HALTE BRITISH CEMETERY, SAULTY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot X. Row B. Grave 4.
NEEDS
Walter John
1943 Private, 1st/4th  Battalion (Territorials), Devonshire Regiment attached to 2nd Battalion, Dorsetshire Regiment. Died in Mesopotamia 3 June 1915. Aged 25. Born and enlisted Cullompton. Son of John and Sarah Needs. Born in Bradninch in 1890. No known grave. Commemorated on BASRA MEMORIAL, Iraq. Panel 11.
NINNIS
Frederick
260106 Private, 7th Battalion, Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry formerly 5318, Devonshire Regiment. Killed in action 27 September 1917. Aged 36. Born Gwennap, Cornwall, enlisted Exeter, resident Dunsford, near Exeter. Husband of Emma Jane Ninnis, Barncoose Terrace, Redruth, Head Master of Bradninch Boys' School before serving.  Buried in CEMENT HOUSE CEMETERY, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot I. Row D. Grave 7.
NORMAN
Victor Frank
33170 Private, 8th (Service) Battalion, Devonshire Regiment. Killed in action 26 October 1917. Aged 24. Born and enlisted Bradninch. Son of Francis and Eliza Norman. Born in Bradninch in 1893. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 38 to 40.
PYNE, MSM
Walter
43222 Sergeant, 76th Battery, (Supply and Transport Column, 6th Division Supply Company), Royal Field Artillery. Died 22 July 1919. Aged 32. Son of Charles and Elizabeth Pyne. Born in Bradninch in 1888. Awarded the Meritorious Service Medal (M.S.M.) Buried in BASRA WAR CEMETERY, Iraq. Plot II. Row D. Grave 11.
RICHARDSON
D C
No further information currently available
ROBERTSON
Robert Horsburgh
Corporal 2309, 14th (County of London) Battalion (London Scottish), London Regiment. Killed in action 6 May 1915. Aged 30. Enlisted London, resident Hendon. Son of Robert Holmes Robertson and Jessie Horsburgh Robertson, late of Stonelaw House, Rutherglen, Lanarkshire. Buried in RUE-DES-BERCEAUX MILITARY CEMETERY, RICHEBOURG-L'AVOUE, Pas de Calais, France. Plot II. Row F. Grave 7.

Extract from De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour 1914-1918 Volume 1, page 308:

ROBERTSON, ROBERT HORSBURGH, Corpl., No. 2309, 14th Battn. (London Scott,kb) The LondonRegt. (T.F.), 2nd s. of Robert Holmes Robertson, of Stonelaw House, Rutherglen, his wife, Jessie, dau. of Robert Horsburgh, and nephew of John Horsburgh, of the Hele Paper Co., Ltd., of Cullompton, Co. Devon ; b. Rutherglen, 11 Oct. 1884 ; educ. Stonelaw School and Glasgow Academy, was in business with uncle at the Hele Paper Co., Ltd., but on the outbreak of war immediately joined the Scottish, and was early drafted to France. He quickly rose to be a corpl., and was on the eve of being gazetted to a commission when he shot by a bullet at dawn on 6 May, 1915 ; His Capt. wrote : " He was a splendid fellow and had done so well that he was offered and accepted a commission in the regt. He was greatly loved by his comrades." He was buried at Richebourg in an orchard by the remainder, of the " five inseparables," of whom he had one, and a cross marks the spot.

SAUNDERS
Thomas William
29195 Private, 7th Battalion, Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry formerly 1618, Devonshire Regiment. Died of wounds 22 February 1917. Aged 21. Born and resident Bradninch, enlisted Cullompton. Son of John Saunders, of Peter St., Bradninch, Cullompton; brought up in Bradninch by his uncle and aunt (brother and sister) Frederick and Caroline Lock. Born in Bradninch in 1896.  No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 6 B.
SNELL
Richard
95195 Gunner, "C" Battalion, Tank Corps formerly 2000, 7th Battalion, Devonshire Regiment. Died of wounds 26 [SDGW} or 20 [CWGC] November 1917. Aged 26. Born Bradninch, enlisted Cullompton. Son of Charlotte Snell, of Church Lane, Bradninch, and the late George Snell. Born in Bradninch in 1891. Buried in TINCOURT NEW BRITISH CEMETERY, Somme, France. Plot II. Row E. Grave 19.
SNELL
Walter William
[On church memorial only died 1920 (addition)] Corporal 24701, Devonshire Regiment transferred to 99391, 166th Company, Labour Corps. Died 21 May 1920. Aged 39. Son of George and Charlotte Snell; husband of Clara Snell, of 190, Emlyn Rd., Shepherd's Bush, London. Born at Bradninch. Buried in Buried in BRADNINCH BURIAL GROUND, Devon. Grave 246.
SOUTHWOOD
Stanley Seymour
797 Private, 1st/7th (Cyclist) Battalion (Territorials), Devonshire Regiment. Died in United Kingdom 14 August 1915. Aged 17. Born Tiverton, enlisted Cullompton. Son of Samuel Howard Southwood and Annie Southwood, of Lower Hill, Hele, Bradninch.  Born in Tiverton in 1898. Buried north of the chancel in BIGBURY (ST. LAWRENCE) CHURCHYARD, Devon.
SQUIRES
William George
91561 Gunner, 6th Brigade, Canadian Field Artillery. Died 12 October 1916. Born 1889 in Bradninch. Son of William & Sarah, of West End Road, Bradninch. In 1891 William was a stoker in Paper Mill from Halberton whilst Sarah was a sorter at the mill. Attestated 30 June 1915 at Toronto, by trade Helper to a Boiler Maker, aged 29 years, height 5 feet 3¼ inches, chest 36½ inches, fair complexion, blue eyes, fair hair, religious denomination Church of England. Next of kin William. Address Colechard House, Hele Road. No previous service. William was killed in action whilst his mother Sarah had died some months previous on 27th January 1916 at 70 and his father William carried on to die 17th March 1937 at the great age of 94 – their son’s death is commemorated on their monument. Buried in BECOURT MILITARY CEMETERY, BECORDEL-BECOURT, Somme, France. Plot I. Row X. Grave 34. National Archives of Canada Accession Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 9214 - 12
STEVENS
Walter Edward
T4/039584 Driver, 1st Company, Royal Army Service Corps. Died in United Kingdom 22 October 1915. Aged 31. Born Taunton, enlisted Cullompton, resident Bradninch. Husband of Eliza Stevens of 3 Fore Street, Bradninch. Born in Taunton in 1884. Buried in ALDERSHOT MILITARY CEMETERY, Hampshire. Plot/Row/Section Af. Grave 1925.
TOTTLE
Frank
163823 Gunner, "A" Battery, 62nd Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Died 27 April 1917. Aged 28. Born in Bradninch in 1889. Son of William and Emily Tottle, of Awliscombe, Honiton; husband of Annie Rose Tottle, of Church Cottage, Dunkeswell, Cullompton, Devon. Buried in BUNYANS CEMETERY, TILLOY-LES-MOFFLAINES, Pas de Calais, France. Plot/Row/Section B. Grave 5.
VENN
William H R
W H R Venn is mentioned in the National Union of Printing & Paper Workers Annual Reports as a Member serving in World War 1. He married Kathleen A Tremlett October-December Quarter 1914 in the Tiverton Registration District. No further details currently available.
VICARY
Francis James
[On church memorial only died 1920 (addition)] Private 267686, Devonshire Regiment. Died 6 October 1920. Husband of F. Vicary, of Peter St., Bradninch. IN the 1901 censu he was aged 21, a labourer on builder's farm, born Silverton, Devon, resident with his widowed mother, Mary Ann, at Peter Street, Bradninch, Tiverton, Devon. In the 1911 he is aged 31, a bricklayer's labourer, married to Florence Augusta, resident with is wife, diaghter and his mother, at Peter St Bradninch, Bradninch, Devon. Buried east of the chapel in BRADNINCH BAPTIST BURIAL GROUND, Devon.
VINNICOMBE
Richard
33020 Private, 1st Battalion, East Surrey Regiment formerly 18573, Devonshire Regiment. Killed in action 5 October 1917. Aged 36.  Born Bradninch, enlisted Exeter. Son of Thomas and Sarah Vinnicombe; husband of Rose Sophia Charlotte Vinnicombe, of West End, Bradninch. Born in Bradninch in 1881. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 79 to 80 and 163A.
WOOD
Ernest
33147 Private, 2nd Battalion (Depot), Devonshire Regiment. Died in United Kingdom 8 October 1918. Aged 24. Born and enlisted Bradninch. Son of William and Mary Wood. Born in Bradninch in 1894. Buried in BRADNINCH BURIAL GROUND, Devon. Grave 150.
WYATT
Frederick C
7805 Private, 1st Battalion, Devonshire Regiment. Died of wounds 26 October 1914. Aged 27.  Born and resident Bradninch, enlisted Exter. Son of John and Florence Wyatt. Born in Bradninch in 1887. Buried in BETHUNE TOWN CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot I. Row B. Grave 17.

External memorial:

FAITHFUL TO KING AND COUNTRY
TO THE HONOURED MEMORY
OF THE MEN OF BRADNINCH
WHO LAID DOWN THEIR LIVES
IN THE GREAT WAR
1914 - 1919

Internal memorial:

MAY LIGHT PERPETUAL SHINE UPON THEM.

ALSO OF THOSE WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE WAR 1939 - 1945
BLADON Arthur Gordon
Craftsman 14622650, Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. Died 10 June 1944. Aged 20. Son of Arthur and Lily Bladon, of Bradninch. Buried in BRADNINCH BURIAL GROUND, Devon. Plan 2. Grave 43.
CONBEER Leslie Stewart Morrish
Gunner 897782, 195 Battery, 61 (11th Battalion, The London Regiment) Heavy A.A. Regiment, Royal Artillery. Died 30 November 1943. Aged 22. Son of Merlin and Lucy Maud Conbeer, of Bradninch. Buried in CATANIA WAR CEMETERY, SICILY, Italy. Plot II. Row E. Grave 8.
CRISPIN W
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TREE Herbert James
??? Able Seaman D/J 21051, H.M.S. Courageous, Royal Navy. Died 17 September 1939. Husband of Annie Georgina Tree, of Bradninch. No known grave. Commemorated on PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Devon. Panel 33, Column 3.
VICARY Hedley John
??? Private 5621512, 12th (10th Battalion, The Green Howards [Yorkshire Regiment]) Battalion, The Parachute Regiment, A.A.C.. Died 6 June 1944. Aged 23. Son of James and A. J. Vicary, of Bradninch. Buried in RANVILLE WAR CEMETERY, Calvados, France. Plot VA. Row E. Grave 4.
WOOD Thomas
??? Able Seaman D/JX 267173, H.M.S. President III, Royal Navy. Died 28 November 1942. Aged 33. Son of Thomas James Wood and Emma Wood; husband of Doris Annie Wood, of Bradninch. No known grave. Commemorated on PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Devon. Panel 67, Column 1.
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FIDELIS REGI PATRICE
TO THE GLORY OF GOD
AND IN HONOUR OF
FOUR BRADNINCH MEN
PALMER W J
Serjeant 7239, 1st Battalion, Coldstream Guards. Killed in action at Magerfontein. 11 December 1899. Buried in WEST END GRAVEYARD, KIMBERLEY.
GRIFFIN A
Private 9182, 2nd Battalion, Coldstream Guards. Died of disease at Bloemfontein 7 April 1900. Buried in PRESIDENT AVENUE GRAVEYARD, BLOEMFONTEIN. Grave 19.
WHITE W H
Private 9950, 2nd Battalion, Coldstream Guards. Killed in action at Modder River 28 November 1899. Buried in WEST END GRAVEYARD, KIMBERLEY. Grave 1.
LANE R
Private 5052, 1st Battalion, Devonshire Regiment. Died of disease at Lydenburg 1 March 1901. Buried in LYDENBURG.
WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR
THEIR KING AND COUNTRY IN
THE SOUTH AFRICAN WAR
1899 - 1902.
THIS TABLET IS ERECTED IN
GRATEFUL RECOGNITION BY
THE PEOPLE OF BRADNINCH
"FEAR GOD, HONOUR THE KING"
St. HILL Collis George Herbert Lt.-Col. Royal North Devon Hussars. Died 8 July 1917. Aged 53. Served 18 years. Born 23 June 1865. Buried at Neuville Bourjonval, near Ytres.

Lieut.-Colonel, 2/5th (Territorial) Battn. The Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Regt.), 2nd son of the late Rev. Canon Woodford St. Hill, by his wife, Mary, daughter of Joseph Tanner, of Urchfont Manor, co. Wiltshire and grandson of Henry Charles St Hill of Bradninch Manor. Born 23rd June 1865, educated at Bath College. Was gazetted 2nd Lieutenant in The Royal North Devon Hussars (Yeomanry) in 1892, promoted Lieut.-Colonel 16th June 1916 and served South African War 1899-1902 (Queen’s Medal with 3 clasps), was Aide-de-camp to Sir Gilbert Carter, K.C.M.G., Governor & Commander-in-chief of Barbados 1909-10.

Served for 18 years in the North Devon Hussars.

Was sent to Gallipoli in September 1915 & transferred to command of the 6th Battn. Lincolnshire Regt. & took part in the evacuation of Suvla Bay, then rejoined his regiment in Egypt. Then served with the Expeditionary force in France in Flanders from Feb 1917. Killed in action 8th July 1917 by a sniper near Beaucamp & Villers Plinch in his 53rd year whilst commanding the 2/5 Sherwood Foresters.

He was awarded the Matabeleland Medal 1893, Matabele 1896 with clasp and Central Africa with clasp 1898.

He married at Queen’s Gate, London, S.W. 23rd January 1899 to Rose Ammabel daughter of the late Sir Spencer Maryon Wilson of Charlton House in Kent, 10th Bart., and had two children; Hereward born 2nd November 1904 and Colline Ammabel born 16th Nov 1899.

Mentioned in despatches 07/11/1917 for “gallant & distinguished services in the field”.

Rose Annabel St Hill passed away 25th November 1949.

Extract from De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour 1914-1918 Volume 4, Page 176:

ST. HILL, COLLIS GEORGE HERBERT, Lieut.-Colonel, 2/5th (Territorial) Battn. The Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regt.), 2nd s. of the late Rev. Canon Woodford St. Hill, by his wife, Mary, dau. of Joseph Tanner, of Urchfont Manor, co. Wilts ; and gdson. of Henry Charles St. Hill, of Bradninch Manor, co. Devon ; b. 23 June, 1865 ; educ. Bath College ; was gazetted 2nd Lieut. The Royal North Devon Hussars (Yeomanry) in 1892 ; promoted Lieut.-Colonel 16 June, 1916 ; served in the South African War 1899-1902 (Queen's Medal with three clasps) ; was Aide-de-Camp to Sir Gilbert Carter, K.C.M.G., Governor and Commander-in-Chief of Barbados 1909-10 ; was sent to Gallipoli in Sept. 1915 ; transferred to command of the 6th Battn. The Lincolnshire Regt. ; took part in the evacuation of Suvla Bay ; afterwards rejoined his regiment in Egypt ; served with the Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders from Feb. 1917, and was killed in action 8 July following, by a sniper near Beaucamp and Villers Plinch. Buried at Neuville Bourjonval, near Ytres. He was awarded the Matabeleland Medal 1893, Matabele 1896 with clasp, and Central Africa with clasp 1898. He m. at Queen's Gate, London, S.W., 23 Jan. 1899, Ammabel, dau. of the late Sir Spencer Maryon Wilson, of Charlton House, co. Kent, 10th Bart., and had two children : Hereward, b. 2 Nov. 1904, and Colline Ammabel, b. 16 Nov. 1899.

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