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CULMSTOCK WAR MEMORIAL

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Compiled and copyright © Gill Cannell & Andrew Dishman 2016

The Culmstock memorial is located in the village centre, on Town Hill, near the church. It takes the form of a square base surmounted by a plinth and an obelisk; then whole stands on a concreted area and is enclosed by a low post and chain link fence; there is a wreath at the base of the obelisk.

Photograph Copyright © Gill Cannell & Andrew Dishman 2016

THIS MONUMENT WAS ERECTED TO THE
GLORY OF GOD AND IN SACRED MEMORY
OF THE FOLLOWING GALLANT MEN OF THIS
PARISH WHO LAID DOWN THEIR LIVES FOR
THEIR COUNTRY’S FREEDOM IN THE
GREAT WAR OF 1914 - 1918

CHICHESTER Henry Arthur

Captain, 3rd Battalion attached to 1st Battalion, Devonshire Regiment. Killed in action 20 October 1914. Born 1882. Aged 32. Son of the late Col. Chichester, of Kerswell House, Broad Clyst near Exeter. No known grave. Commemorated at LE TOURET MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 8 and 9.

Extract from Bond of Sacrifice: Officers Died in the Great War 1914-1916, Volume 1, page 128:

CAPTAIN HENRY ARTHUR CHICHESTER, 3rd BATTN. DEVONSHIRE REGIMENT (SPECIAL RESERVE), was born on the 17th August, 1882, at Stowford House, Swimbridge, North Devon, son of the late Colonel Chichester, of Kerswell House, Broad Clyst, near Exeter, and of Stowford House, North Devon, and Mrs. Chichester, of Woodhayne, Culmstock, Devon. He was a first cousin of Brigadier-General A. A. Chichester, now serving in the war.

Captain Chichester was educated at Crewkerne Grammar School, and joined the Exeter Volunteers in 1900 ; the following year he joined the Militia, serving for twelve months in Jersey, and then proceeded to South Africa with the 3rd Battalion East Yorkshire Regiment, to take part in the Boer War, for which he received the medal. He afterwards joined the Special Reserve and was called up for duty on the outbreak of the war with Germany, on the 7th August, 1914, and was killed in action at Canteleux, near La Bassée. on the 20th October, 1914.

Extract from De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour 1914-1918, Volume 2, page 67-68:

CHICHESTER, HENRY ARTHUR, Capt., 3rd Battn. The Devonshire Regt., s. of the late Col. Chichester, of Kerswell House, Broad Clyst, near Exeter ; b. Stowford House, Swimbridge, North Devon, 17 Aug. 1882 ; educ. Crewkerne Grammar School ; Joined the Exeter Volunteers in 1900, passing into the Militia the following year ; served in the South African War with the 3rd East Yorkshire Regt. ; took part in the operations in Orange River Colony April to May, 1902, and those in Cape Colony May, 1902 (Queen's Medal with two clasps) ; subsequently joined the Special Reserve, Devonshire Regt. ; was called up on the outbreak of the European War ; served with the Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders, and was killed in action at Canteleux, near La Bassée, 20 Oct. 1914.

COLES Samuel
Private 10854, "B" Company, 8th (Service) Battalion, Devonshire Regiment. Killed in action 25 September 1915. Aged 19. Born Wellington, Somerset, enlisted Exeter. Son of Thomas and Caroline Coles, of Bowhayes, Culmstock, Cullompton, Devon. No known grave. Commemorated on LOOS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 35 to 37.
DAVIS J
Royal Warwickshire Regiment - No further information currently available
DUNN Harry
Private 19931 [CWGC] or 19031 [SDGW], 9th (Service) Battalion, Devonshire Regiment. Killed in action 1 July 1916. Aged 24. Born Willand, Devon, resident Wellington, Somerset, enlisted Culmstock, Devon. Son of William and Ellen Dunn, of White Ball, Wellington, Somerset. Buried in DEVONSHIRE CEMETERY, MAMETZ, Somme, France. Row A. Grave 2.
FORD W H
Devonshire Regiment - No further information currently available
HAKE Walter Joseph
Private 13496, 103rd Company, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry). Died of wounds 4 June 1917. Aged 24. Born Culmstock, Devon, resident Rockwell Green, Somerset, enlisted Tiverton. Son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Hake, of Downgreen, Nicholashayne, Wellington; husband of Annie May Hake, of 3, Lower Foxmoor, Rockwell Green, Wellington, Somerset; brother of William hake (below). Formerly 20755, Devonshire Regiment. Buried in POINT-DU-JOUR MILITARY CEMETERY, ATHIES, Pas de Calais, France. Plot I. Row D. Grave 11.
HAKE William
Private 13495, 103rd Company, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry). Died of wounds 1 July 1916. Born Culmstock, Devon, resident Wellington, Somerset, enlisted Tiverton. Son of Joseph and Mary Jane Hake, of Downs Green Cottage, Nicholashayne, Wellington, Somerset; brother of Walter Joseph Hake (above). Formerly 20750, Devonshire Regiment. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 5 C and 12 C.
HOOPER Edgar Joseph
Private 7230, 1st Battalion, Prince Albert's (Somerset Light Infantry). Died of wounds 1 December 1914. Aged 30. Born Culmstock, Devon, resident Wellington, Somerset, enlisted Taunton. Son of John and Anna Maria Hooper, of Culmstock, Devon. Buried in BAILLEUL COMMUNAL CEMETERY, NORD, Nord, France. Row A. Grave 13.
MILTON, DCM, MM William John
Sergeant 8652, 1st Battalion, South Wales Borderers. Died of wounds 19 October 1918. Aged 34. Born Culmstock, Cullompton, Devon, enlisted Brecon. Son of Samuel and Jessie Milton, of Culmstock, Cullumpton, Devon; husband of Annie May Milton, of 9, Talbot St., Aberavon. Awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal (D.C.M.) and the Military Medal (M.M.). Attested 3 January 1905 at Newport, Monmouthshire, as 8562, 3rd Battalion, South Wales Borderers, unmarried on enlistment, aged 19 years 8 months, height 5 feet 53/8 inches, weight 130lbs, chest 36½ inches, sallow complexion, brown eyes, dark brown hair, religious denomination Church of England; Discharged and joined the Regular Army 24 January 1905. Buried in VAUX-ANDIGNY BRITISH CEMETERY, Aisne, France. Row C. Grave 9.
MUTTER Francis
[Listed as MUTTERS on SDGW & CWGC] Private 26059, 10th (Service) Battalion, Devonshire Regiment. Killed in action 24 April 1917 in Salonika. Aged 38. Born and resident Culmstock, Devon, enlisted Tiverton, Devon. Son of Robert Mutters; husband of Mrs. C. Lang (formerly Mutters), of 23, Mantle St., Wellington, Somerset. No known grave. Commemorated at DOIRAN MEMORIAL, Greece.
PURKESS Arthur James
Second Lieutenant, 13th Battalion, York and Lancaster Regiment. Died 27 June 1918. Aged 33. Son of James and Mary Purkess, of Hill Moor, Culmstock, Devon. Born at New Malden, Surrey. Joined the 10th Lincolnshire Regt., 17th Sept., 1914. Wounded in the battle of the Somme 1st July, 1916. Buried in CINQ RUES BRITISH CEMETERY, HAZEBROUCK, Nord, France. Row E. Grave 22.
PURKESS Cyril Lewis
Private 266013, 2nd Battalion, Duke of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex Regiment). Killed in action 27 August 1918. Aged 27. Redident Hillmoor, Middlesex, enlisted Willesden, Middlesex. Son of the late James Purkess, of Cirencester, Glos., and of Mary Purkess, now of Culmstock, Devon. Enlisted April, 1915. Born at Surbiton, Surrey. Buried in THELUS MILITARY CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot V. Row B. Grave 9.
QUICK Alfred
Private 8601, 2nd Battalion, Devonshire Regiment. Killed in action 27 Noevmber 1914. Born Tiverton, Devon, resident Wellington, Somerset, enlisted Exeter. Son of William and Selina Quick, of Nicholashayne, Culmstock, Devon. Born Culmstock, Devon. Originally attested 3 December 1907 at Cullompton, aged 19, as Private 5048, 4th Battalion, Devonshire Regiment, General Labourer by trade, unmarried, height 5 feet 6¾ inches, weight 125 lbs, chest 35 inches, fresh complexion, light brown eyes, brown hair, religious denomination Church of England, became regular Devonshire Regiment 16 January 1908. Buried in AUBERS RIDGE BRITISH CEMETERY, AUBERS, Nord, France. Plot VII. Row A. Grave 4.
SALTER Charles
Private 100284, 49th Battalion, Canadian Infantry. Killed in action during an attack on Courcelette 15 September 1916. Born 18 July 1891 in Culmstock, Devon. Son of Charles Salter. Farmer by trade. Attested 2 July 1915 at Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, aged 23 years, height 5 feet 3 inches, chest 36 inches, freckled complexion, medium brown eyes, light brown hair, religious denomination Church of England. No known grave. Commemorated on VIMY MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. National Archives of Canada Accession Reference: Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF), RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 8619 - 36
SALTER Wilfred William
Private 51133, 17th Battalion, Manchester Regiment. Died of wounds 26 April 1918. Aged 24. Born and enlisted Culmstock, Devon. Son of Thomas and Eva Joan Salter, of Wesley Row, Culmstock, Devon. Formerly S4/125392, Royal Army Service Corps. Buried in HARINGHE (BANDAGHEM) MILITARY CEMETERY, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot V. Row A. Grave 23.
SHEPHERD R
Princess Charlotte of Wales's (Royal Berkshire Regiment) - No further information currently available
SHEPHERD Walter
[Listed as SHEPHARD on CWGC] Private 15940, 2nd Battalion, Dorsetshire Regiment. Died on service in Mesopotamia 17 June 1916. Aged 26. Born Hockworthy, Wellington, Somerset, resident Moddowen, Culmstock, Devon, enlisted Exeter, Devon. Son of William Shephard, of South Farm Cottage, Burliscombe, Wellington, Somerset. Formerly 10842, Devonshire Regiment. No known grave. Commemorated on BASRA MEMORIAL, Iraq. Panel 22 and 63.
THOMAS Frederick A
Private 26193, 7th Battalion, Prince Albert's (Somerset Light Infantry). Died on service in United Kingdom 24 or 25 December 1916. Born and resident Culmstock, Devon, enlisted Exeter. Formerly 148660, Royal Field Artillery. Buried in GRANGEGORMAN MILITARY CEMETERY, County Dublin, Republic of Ireland. Grave reference CE. 634.
VENN H
Devonshire Regiment - No further information currently available
WAY Charles
Private 10860, 8th (Service) Battalion, Devonshire Regiment. Killed in action 16 July 1917. Aged 23. Born and resident Wellington, Somerset, enlisted Exeter. Son of Emma Way, of Hillmoor, Culmstock, Cullompton, Devon, and the late Francis Thomas Way. Buried in H.A.C. CEMETERY, ECOUST-ST. MEIN, Pas de Calais, France. Plot II. Row A. Grave 10.
WAY Walter
Corporal 18257, 20th Company, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry). Died on service 15 July 1916. Born Culmstock, Devon, resident Wellington, enlisted exeter. Formerly 10846, Devonshire Regiment. No kinown grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 5 C and 12 C.
WEBB Richard
Private PO/2093 (S), 1st Royal Marines Battalion, Royal Naval Division, Royal Marine Light Infantry. Killed or died as a direct result of enemy action 22 August 1918. Born 23 February 1893. Son of Mrs. Mary Webb, of Tuckers Farm, Culmstock, Cullompton. No known grave. Commemorated on VIS-EN-ARTOIS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 1.
WRIGHT E
Royal Warwickshire Regiment - No further information currently available
IN HONOURED MEMORY OF THOSE
WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE WAR OF

1939-1945
FOURACRE John
Gunner 5620445, 7/4 Maritime Regiment, Royal Artillery. Died 19 February 1942. Aged 18. Foster-son of Ely and Emily Waygood. No known grave. Commemorated on PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Devon. Panel 77, Column 3.
HUTH Christopher Raymond
Sub-Lieutenant, H.M.S. "Marigold", Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. Died 11 December 1942. Son of Sydney Francis and Ruby Huth, of Culmstock, Devon. Buried in DELY IBRAHIM WAR CEMETERY, Algeria. Plot 3. Row J. Grave 16.
HUTH, MM Sydney Michael
Lieutenant 269304, 50th Royal Tank Regiment, Royal Armoured Corps. Died 1 August 1943. Aged 28. Son of Sydney Francis Huth, M.R.C.S., and Ruby Huth, of Culmstock, Devon. B.A. (Cantab.): Clare College. Awarded the Military Medal (M.M.). No known grave. Commemorated on CASSINO MEMORIAL, Italy. Panel 1.
PIKE Reginald George
Stoker 1st Class D/KX 99148, H.M.S. "Avonvale", Royal Navy. Died 29 January 1943. Aged 24. Son of Albert and Elizabeth Pike, of Culmstock, Devon. No known grave. Commemorated on PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Devon. Panel 82, Column 2.
WHITCOMBE Gwilym James
Flight Sergeant (Wireless Operator (Air) - Warrant Officer) 1229466, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 29 April 1945. Aged 24. Son of James and Laura Whitcombe, of Culmstock. Buried in CULMSTOCK CEMETERY, Devon. Row J. 21B. Grave 92.

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