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IVYBRIDGE WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Detailed information
Compiled and copyright © Martin Edwards 2007

The Ivybridge town memorial is located at the junction of Exter Road and Fore Street. It takes the form of a plinth set into the centre of a curved wall with pillars at either end of the wall; the plinth supports a tall tapering column with a granite cross and on the front of the plinth is the main inscription. There are 44 names for World War 1 and 26 for World War 2.

Photograph Copyright © Jill Tafford 2007

IN HONOUR
OF THE MEN
OF IVYBRIDGE
WHO MADE THE
SUPREME SACRIFICE
FOR THEIR
COUNTRY
IN THE GREAT WAR 1914 - 1918

ANSTISS

Robert John

[Listed as John Robert on SDGW] Acting Lance Corporal 14871 [SDGW] or 14377 [CWGC], 9th (Service) Battalion, Devonshire Regiment. Killed in action 6th September 1916. Aged 25. Born Ivybridge, enlisted Plymouth. Son of Robert Anstiss, of Highland St., Ivybridge, Devon. Buried in DELVILLE WOOD CEMETERY, LONGUEVAL, Somme, France. Plot XIII. Row M. Grave 9.

BARTER

William Alfred

[Listed as Farrier on memorial] Shoeing Smith [SDGW} or Driver [CWGC] TS/8364, 163rd Mechanical Transport Company, Royal Army Service Corps. Died in the Balkans 20th October 1918. Aged 24. Born and resident Ivybridge, enlisted Axminster. Son of Thomas and Ellen Barter, of Torr Hill Cottage, Ivybridge, Devon. Buried in KIRECHKOI-HORTAKOI MILITARY CEMETERY, Greece. Grave 377.

BAYLY, TD

John

Major, Devonshire Regiment and Royal North Devon Hussars (Yeomanry). Died 26th February 1918. Aged 48. Son of Robert Bayly and Anna Sewell Bayly; husband of the late Edith Cicelia Bayly. Buried near north-east corner of the church in SHEEPSTOR CHURCHYARD, Devon.

BEABLE

Frederick

Private 23718, 9th (Service) Battalion, Devonshire Regiment. Killed in action 29th December 1916. Born Ugborough, Devon, enlisted Devon, resident Ivybridge. Buried in BEAUMONT-HAMEL BRITISH CEMETERY, Somme, France. Special Memorial 1.

Note: The cemetery now contains 179 Commonwealth burials and commemorations of the First World War. 82 of the burials are unidentified but there are special memorials to two casualties known to be buried among them.

BEABLE

William Edward

Private Deal/2476(S), Royal Marine Division Training, Royal Naval Division, Royal Marines. Died 10th May 1917. Aged 30. Son of Edward Beable, of North Filhan, Ivybridge, Devon. Buried in QUATRE-VENTS MILITARY CEMETERY, ESTREE-CAUCHY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot I. Row C. Grave 15.

BLIGHT

Richard John

Petty Officer Stoker 293902 (Dev), H.M.S. Vanguard, Royal Navy. Died 9th July 1917. Buried in LYNESS ROYAL NAVAL CEMETERY, Orkney. Plot/Row/Section F. Grave 134.

Note: Just before midnight on Monday, 9 July, 1917, the St Vincent class battleship HMS Vanguard suddenly blew up, taking over 800 of her crew down with her. It was a magazine explosion in one of the two magazines which served the amidships turrets 'P' and 'Q'. She was a veteran of Jutland. See Loss of HMS Vanguard, 9 July 1917

CHURCHWARD

Sydney

Private 1024345, 3rd Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Central Ontario Regiment). Died 6th November 1917. Born 8th April 1892 at Buckfastleigh, Devon. Husband of Sadie Churchward of 236, Weston Road, Toronto, Canada. Policeman by profession. Enlisted and passed fit 20th September 1916 at Toronto, Canada, aged 24 years and 5 months. Height 5 feet 10 inches, girth 40 inches, complexion fair, eyes Hazel, hair red brown; religion presbyterian. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 18 - 24 - 26 - 30. National Archives of Canada Accession Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 1712 - 44

CLARKE

F H

Private - No further information currently available

COLE

Albert Edward

Engine Room Artificer 1st Class 268844 (Dev.), HMS Recruit, Royal Navy. Died 12th August 1917 after his ship had been mined in the North Sea, 9th August. Aged 44. Son of John and Mary Cole, of Ivybridge; husband of Edith Cole, of 5, Pembroke St., Devonport. Buried in IVYBRIDGE CEMETERY, IVYBRIDGE, Devon. Grave reference B. (C). 79.

Note: HMS Recruit was a British R Class Destroyer. She was mined and sunk on 9th August 1917 in the North Sea.

COUCH

Alfred Norman

Private 266004, 1st/6th Battalion (Territorial), Devonshire Regiment. Died in Mesopotamia (Iraq) 16th October 1918. Aged 27. Born Plymouth, enlisted Barnstaple, resident Ivybridge. Son of Charles Couch, of 2, Charlton Terrace, Ivybridge, Devon. Buried in BASRA WAR CEMETERY, Iraq. Plot I. Row Q. Grave 9.

DAMBERELL

Martin John

[Spelt DAMERELL on SDGW and CWGC] Private 17572, 9th (Service) Battalion, Devonshire Regiment. Killed in action 6th September 1916. Born Diptford, Devon, enlisted Kingsbridge, Devon, resident Ivybridge. Buried in DELVILLE WOOD CEMETERY, LONGUEVAL, Somme, France. Plot II. Row A. Grave 3.

DE VILLE

Charlie

[Spelt DEVILLE on CWGC] Leading Stoker 301466, H.M.S. Exmouth, Royal Navy. Died 16th February 1915. Aged 36. Son of John and Hannah Deville, of 3, Western Rd., Ivybridge, Devon. Buried in WOODLANDS CEMETERY, GILLINGHAM, Kent. Naval plot 17. Grave 873.

Note: HMS Exmouth. Royal Naval battleship of the Duncan Class. HMS Exmouth became flagship of the Channel Fleet in 1906 before being recommissioned as flagship in the Atlantic Fleet. She was also flagship for the Mediterranean Fleet in November 1908 and in July 1912 became the flagship of the Vice-Admiral while serving with the 4th Battle Squadron in the Home Fleet. As with HMS Duncan she became a gunnery tender at Devonport in July 1913 before joining the 6th Battle Squadron in the Home Fleet on the outbreak of world war one. Later on she served in the 3rd Battle Squadron on patrol. HMS Exmouth then went to Portland in November 1914 to reform the Channel Fleet along with the Lord Nelson Class and Formidable Class ships. She joined in the bombardment of Zeebrugge on 21st November and again in May 1915. She was then fitted with special nets and sent to the Dardanelles becoming flagship to Admiral Nicholson at Kephalo and remained just off the beaches even after the torpedoing of HMS Goliath, HMS Majestic and HMS Triumph. Returning home in 1917 she was paid off and went into reserve.

DOWNING

Rupert

Private 5715, 1st/4th Battalion (Territorial), Devonshire Regiment. Killed in action in Mesopotamia (Iraq) 3rd February 1917. Aged 18. Enlisted newton Abbot, resident Ivybridge. Son of A. Braunton (formerly Downing), of Victoria Cottages, Cadleigh Park, Ivybridge, Devon, and the late John Downing. Buried in AMARA WAR CEMETERY, Iraq. Plot XVIII. Row G. Grave 2.

FOLLEY

Harold Edwin

Private 34060, 2nd Battalion attached 12th Trench Mortar Battery, Essex Regiment. Died of wounds 8th September 1917. Aged 23. Born Ivybridge, enlisted and resident Plymouth. Son of Henry and Dora Folley, of 10, Highland St., Ivybridge, Devon. Formerly 16696, Devonshire Regiment. Buried in DUISANS BRITISH CEMETERY, ETRUN, Pas de Calais, France. Plot VI. Row A. Grave 6.

GOSLING

Frederick James

Sergeant 58498, 14th Battalion, Welsh Regiment. Died of wounds 9th October 1918. Aged 31. Born and enlisted Devonport, resident Exeter. Husband of Margaret Smith Gosling, of "Clevelands," New North Rd., Exeter. Formerly 8290, Devonshire Regiment. Buried in BEAULENCOURT BRITISH CEMETERY, LIGNY-THILLOY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot I. Row A. Grave 32.

HANNAFORD

Albert

Private 37275, 1st/5th Battalion, Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry. Killed in action 17th April 1918. Aged 19. Born and resident Ivybridge, enlisted Plymouth. Son of William and Sibilla Hannaford, of 3, Crescent Rd., Ivybridge, Devon. Formerly 8/6039, Training Reserve Battalion. No known grave. Commemorated on LOOS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 68.

HANNAFORD

Robert Henry

Private 345200, 16th (Royal 1st Devon Yeomanry and Royal North Devon Hussars) Battalion, Devonshire Regiment. Died of wounds 2nd June 1917. Aged 22. Born Blackawton, Devon [SDGW] or Ivybridge [CWGC], enlisted Exeter. Son of Robert Henry and Elizabeth Hannaford, of 23, Moorland View, Plympton, Plymouth. Buried in GAZA WAR CEMETERY, Israel. Plot VII. Row G. Grave 13.

HANNAFORD

William Henry

Sergeant 260375, 10th Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment. Killed in action 19th April 1918. Aged 25. Born Rattery, enlisted Plymouth, resident Laira. Son of William and S Hannaford, of Crescent Rd., Ivybridge, husband of Olive Hannaford, of Filham, Ivybridge, Devon. Formerly 1965, Devonshire Regiment. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 23 to 28 and 163A.

HART

F J

Driver 164659, 13th Battery, Royal Field Artillery transferred to Private 547376, 650th Company, Labour Corps. Died 5th February 1919. Buried in IVYBRIDGE CEMETERY, IVYBRIDGE, Devon. Grave reference B. (C). 61.

HATTRICK

George

Yeoman of Signals 181079, HMS Thunderer, Royal Navy. Died 2nd December 1919. Husband of Annie Phillips Hattrick, of 17, Bridge Park, Ivybridge. Buried in IVYBRIDGE CEMETERY, IVYBRIDGE, Devon. Grave reference B. (U). 81.

HAWKER

Reginald Surlow

Captain, Royal 1st Devon Yeomanry attached Machine Gun Corps. Died of wounds 9th November 1917. Aged 28. Husband of Esther G. Hawker, of Edgemoor, Middlemoor, Tavistock, Devon. Buried in KANTARA WAR MEMORIAL CEMETERY, Egypt. Plot/Row/Section C. Grave 94.

HIGMAN

Thomas John

Private 39313, 13th (Service) Battalion (Forest of Dean)(Pioneers), Gloucestershire Regiment. Died of wounds 27th April 1918. Aged 41. Son of Elizabeth Mary Higman, of Priory View, Whitchurch, Tavistock, Devon, and the late John Higman. Born Launceston, Cornwall, enlisted Marylebone, London. Formerly 26209, Duke of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex Regiment). Buried in HARLEBEKE NEW BRITISH CEMETERY, Harelbeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot XIII. Row C. Grave 11.

HORTON

Arthur T

Private 8367, "A" Company, 2nd Battalion, Devonshire Regiment. Died of wounds 12th March 1915. Aged 25. Born and enlisted Plymouth. Son of Phillip and Elizabeth Horton, of 11, Belmont Rd., Ivybridge, Devon. Buried in BOULOGNE EASTERN CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot III. Row D. Grave 8.

HORTON

Joshua

Gunner 116327, 374th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Killed in action 21st March 1918. Born Ivybridge, enlisted Plymouth. No known grave. Commemorated on POZIERES MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Panel 10.

HORTON

John Thomas

Private G/23723, 10th Battalion, Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Killed in action 7th June 1917. Born Ivybridge, enlisted Plymouth. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 45 and 47.

HURRELL

Cephas H

Private 202875, 1st/4th Battalion (Territorial), Devonshire Regiment. Died in India 29th July 1918. Aged 25. Enlisted Plymouth. Son of J. and Hannah Eliza Hurrell, of 22, Keaton Rd., Ivybridge, Devon. Buried in Trimulgherry Cantonment Cemetery, India. Commemorated on MADRAS 1914-1918 WAR MEMORIAL, CHENNAI, India. face 9.

Note: The MADRAS 1914-1918 MEMORIAL is situated at the rear of the cemetery. It bears the names of more than 1,000 servicemen who died during the First World War who lie in many civil and cantonment cemeteries* in various parts of India where it is not possible to maintain their graves in perpetuity. The memorial stands in MADRAS WAR CEMETERY which was created to receive Second World War graves from many civil and cantonment cemeteries in the south and east of India where their permanent maintenance could not be assured.

LANG

Ernest

Petty Officer Stoker 300286, HMS Seagull, Royal Navy. Died 30th September 1918. Aged 34. Long Service and Good Conduct Medal. Son of Harry Lang, of Ivybridge; husband of A. Lang, of 7, Erme Rd., Ivybridge, Devon. No known grave. Commemorated on PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Devon. Panel 27.

Note: HMS Seagull was a Torpedo Gunboat that was lost in a collision with a merchant vessel in the Firth of Clyde 30th September 1918.

MANLEY

Arthur Thomas Victor

[Listed as Arthur Thomas Varcoe MANLEY on CWGC] Sapper 62333, 106th Field Company, Royal Engineers. Killed in action 17th February 1917. Aged 24. Born and resident Ivybridge, enlisted Plymouth. Only son of Mary Manley, of 42, Fore St., Ivybridge, Devon, and the late Tom Manley. No known grave. Commemorated on PLOEGSTEERT MEMORIAL, Comines-Warneton, Hainaut, Belgium. Panel 1.

MANN

W

Private - No further information currently available

MILLMAN

Jack B

Sergeant 465064, 4th Southern General Hospital, Royal Army Medical Corps. Died 19th May 1919. Aged 21. Son of W. H. and L. Millman, of 2, Keaton Rd., Ivybridge, Devon. Buried in ALEXANDRIA (HADRA) WAR MEMORIAL CEMETERY, Egypt. Plot/Row/Section B. Grave 120.

NICHOLLS

Jmaes Henry

[Spelt NICHOLS on CWGC] [Listed as Stoker 2nd Class on memorial] Leading Stoker K/6222, HMS Indefatigable, Royal Navy. Died when his ship was sunk at the Battle of Jutland 31st May 1916. Aged 21. Son of John and E. Nichols, of 5, Costly St., Ivybridge, Devon. No known grave. Commemorated on PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Devon. Panel 15.

Note: HMS Indefatigable was an Indefatigable Class Battlecruiser, built at Devonport Dockyard, laid down February 1909, completed April 1911, cost £1,520,591. She was used during World War 1 in the 2nd Battlecruiser Squadron as flagship of the British Mediterranean fleet. In August 1914 she was involved in unsuccessfully hunting SMS Goeben and Breslau then on 18 August became flagship of Dardanelles squadron. She was involved on the 3 November 1914 in the bombardment of Dardanelles forts. In 24 January 1915 she left for refit at Malta, then on 14 February 1915 she left Malta for home waters. On 20 February she joined the 2nd Battlecruiser Squadron of the Grand Fleet. Finally on 31 May 1916 she was sunk by SMS Von der Tann at the Battle of Jutland.

NORTHCOTT

E A

Private - No further information currently available

ORLEBAR

Robert Evelyn

Lieutenant, 2nd Battalion, Duke of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex Regimnt). Killed in action 9th January 1915. Aged 20. Son of Lt. Col. and Mrs. Orlebar, of Rutt House, Ivybridge, Devon. Buried in RUE-DU-BACQUEROT No. 1 MILITARY CEMETERY, LAVENTIE, Pas de Calais, France. Plot I. Row C. Grave 14.

PEARCE

Arthur James John

Shipwright 1st Class 34302, HMS Hampshire, Royal Navy. Died 5th June 1916. Commemorated on PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Hampshire. Panel 20.

Note: HMS Hampshire was a Devonshire-class armoured cruiser of the Royal Navy. She was constructed at the Chatham Dockyard, Kent and commissioned in 1905 at a cost of around £900,000. She served in World War I and fought at the battle of Jutland on May 31, 1916. Immediately after the battle she was directed to carry Lord Kitchener from Scapa Flow on a diplomatic mission to Russia. Sailing for Archangel in a gale she struck a mine at around 19:40 on June 5, 1916 off Mainland, Orkney between Brough of Birsay and Marwick Head. The ship sank very rapidly. Kitchener, his staff and most of the crew perished; only twelve men survived. The mine is believed to have been one of those laid by the submarine U-75 on May 23.

PENWILL

Edwin Joseph

Petty Officer Regulating 148485 (Dev.), HMS Talbot, Royal Navy. Died 16th December 1919. Aged 45. Son of Joseph and Mary Jane Penwill, of Ermington; husband of Bessie Mardon Crang (formerly Penwill), of 2, Kimberley Villas, Ivybridge. Buried in IVYBRIDGE CEMETERY, IVYBRIDGE, Devon. Grave reference A. (U). 82.

PROUT

Albert Henry

[Listed as Able Seaman on memorial] Trimmer Cook 620TC, H.M. Trawler "St Ives", Royal Naval Reserve. Died 21st December 1916. Son of Mary Prout, of Ivybridge, Devon; husband of Mary Jane Prout, of 34, Langton Rd., Falmouth, Cornwall. No known grave. Commemorated on PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Devon. Panel 19.

Note: HM Trawler Sy Ives was a steel screw steamer (trawler). She was launched 10th December 1908 as Yard No 172, by Cook, Wlton & Gemmell, Beverley and registered 16th February 1909. On 3rd March 1915 she was requisitioned by the Admiralty and entered service im mAy, after conversion to a "Auxiliary Patrol Vessel", Admiralty No FY 1192. On 21st December 1916 she was.mMined off St Anthony Head, Falmouth and sank.

ROSKILLY

William

[Spelt ROSKELLY on memorial but his birth registration, CWGC & SDGW list him a ROSKILLY] Private 32339, 1/5th (P.O.W.) Battalion (Territorial), Devonshire Regiment. Killed in action 27 September 1918. Aged 19. Born Mevagissy, Cornwall, enlisted Plymouth. Son of Edith Tumer (formerly Roskilly), of 8, Costly St., Ivybridge, Devon, and the late William Roskilly. Buried in FIFTEEN RAVINE BRITISH CEMETERY, VILLERS-PLOUICH. Nord, France. Plot III. Row D. Grave 11.

RUSSELL

E

Sergeant - No further information currently available

SCREECH

Cecil Victor

[Memorial reads Leading Stoker] Stoker 1st Class K/19733, HMS Defence, Royal Navy. Went down with his ship at the Battle of Juytland 31st May 1916. Aged 18. Son of William George and Eliza Ann Screech, of 5, Belmont Rd., Ivybridge, Devon. No known grave. Commemorated on PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Devon. Panel 16.

Note: HMS Defence was a Minotaur Class Cruiser, launched on the 24th April 1907. HMS Defence joined the 5th Cruiser squadron in February 1909. but transferred in July to the Home Fleet, 1st Cruiser Squadron. During November and December 1912 HMS defence escorted the Royal yacht Medina. the going on to the China station as the new Flagship, rejoining the 1st Cruiser squadron as Flagship in 1913, at the out break of World War One. She immediately became active in the search for the German ships Goeben and Breslau in August 1914. She was stationed in the Mediterranean in the Dardanelle's. After September 1914 she joined Admiral Cradlock's squadron and went to the cape of Good hope in November where she became the Flagship to the 1st cruiser Squadron of the Grand Fleet. She was sunk at the Battle of Jutland by gunfire from the German battleship "Friedrich der Grosse" on the 31st May 1916. The entire crew was lost when a cordite charge caught fire in the ammunition stores; 893 officers and men lost their lives.

STOCKMAN

H

Private - No further information currently available

SYMONS

J

Man at Arms - No further information currently available

TOZER

F

Leading Stoker - There is a death for a Frank TOZER, aged 46, recorded at Plymouth Registration Office Jul-Sep Quarter 1917 but otherwise there is no further information currently available

TROTMAN

Richard Edward

Corporal 568114, 58th Division Signalling Company, Royal Engineers. Killed in action 21st March 1918. Aged 19. Enlisted Westminster, Middlesex, resident Queen's Park, Middlesex. Son of Kate Trotman, of 8, Higher Terrace, Torquay, and the late Edward Trotman. No known grave. Commemorated on POZIERES MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Panel 10 to 13.

WALKE

Bertram Louis

Private 26782, 1st Battalion, Devonshire Regiment. Died of wounds 11th June 1918. Aged 21. Born and resident Ivybridge, enlisted Plymouth. Son of Mr. and Mrs. T. Walke, of 6, Green St., Ivybridge, Devon. Buried in AIRE COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot III. Row C. Grave 8.

1939-1945

BOOTH

Frederick Llewellyn

Sergeant 7354301, Royal Army Medical Corps. Died 2nd November 1944. Aged 40. Son of Clarence and Hagar Booth; husband of Kathleen Booth, of Ivybridge. Buried in IVYBRIDGE CEMETERY, IVYBRIDGE, Devon. Block F. Grave 137.

BROOM

Ernest Charles

Stoker 1st Class D/KX 118457, HMS Loyalty, Royal Navy. Died 22nd August 1944. Aged 29. Son of Charles Edward and Florence Broom, of Ivybridge, Devon. No known grave. Commemorated on PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Devon. Panel 89, Column 3.

Note: HMS Loyalty was an Agerine Class Fleet Minsesweeper built by Harland & Wolff Ltd, Belfast and completed in 1943. Commissioned as HMS Rattler (J 217) on 22nd April 1943 and renamed HMS Loyalty (J 217) in June 1943. At 16.06 hours on 22nd August 1944, the HMS Loyalty (J 217) (LtCdr J.E. Maltby, RNR) was hit by a Gnat from U-480 (commander Hans-Joachim Förster) and sank by the stern in ten minutes. The commander and 19 men were lost, the survivors were picked up after a few hours by two landing ships. The minesweeper was returning with her flotilla to base from a completed minesweeping run off the French coast. The sweep-wire of the ship parted and she broke formation to retrieve the float. This took a long time and she then tried to catch up with the other ships, but was torpedoed before she could do so.

BRYANT

Jack

Private 239901, Royal Army Service Corps. Died 6th September 1942. Aged 22. Son of Fred and Sarah Maud Bryant, of Ivybridge, Devon. Buried in TEL EL KEBIR WAR MEMORIAL CEMETERY, Egypt. Plot 1. Row H. Grave 10.

DAVEY

Arthur Leonard

Chief Stoker D/K 59155, HMS Gloucester, Royal Navy. Died 22nd May 1941. Aged 36. Son of Fred and Emma Jane Davey, of Ivybridge, Devon; husband of Teresa Ellen Davey, of Ivybridge. No known grave. Commemorated on PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Devon. Panel 51, Column 2.

Note: HMS Gloucester was a member of the second group of three ships of the "Town" class of light cruisers. Gloucester saw heavy service in World War II. On May 22, 1941, while helping defend Crete, the Gloucester was dive-bomed by German Stukas and sank, having sustained at least four heavy bomb hits and three near-misses. 723 lives were lost, with just 82 survivors. Her sinking is considered to be one of Britain's worst wartime naval disasters.

DAVEY, OBE

Charles Henry

Commander H.M. Yacht Campeador V, Royal Navy. Died 22nd June 1940. No known grave. Commemorated on PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Hampshire. Panel 36, Column 3.

Note: HM Yacht was a Naval Patrol Vessel which was sunk by a German magnetic mine off Portsmouth on 22nd June 1940.

FREDERICK

J

Stoker 1st Class - No further information currently available

GILBERT

Percy

Lance Corporal T/817854, Royal Army Service Corps. Died 20th August 1944. Aged 30. Son of Percy and Emily Kate Gilbert; husband of Adelaide Maude Gilbert, of Ivybridge, Devon. Buried in KRAKOW RAKOWICKI CEMETERY, Poland. Plot 2. Row E. Grave 4.

GILLEY

William Henry

Petty Officer Stoker D/KX 92410, HMS Galatea, Royal NAvy. Died 15th December 1941. Aged 50. Son of William and Emily Gilley, of Ivybridge, Devon; husband of Edie Gilley, of Ivybridge. No known grave. Commemorated on PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Devon. Panel 51, Column 3.

Note: HMS Galatea (72) was an Arethusa class cruiser for the Royal Navy. She was built by Scotts Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. (Greenock, Scotland), with the keel being laid down on the 2 June 1933. She was launched on the 9 August 1934, and commissioned 14 August 1935. She joined the Mediterranean Fleet on commissioning and acted as flagship, Rear Admiral (Destroyers). After the outbreak of war she was ordered home, and between February and March 1940 she took part in the operations to intercept Axis merchantmen attempting to break out of Vigo. In April 1940 she was involved in the Norwegian campaign, and in May joined the Nore Command as Flagship of the 2nd Cruiser Squadron.

On 4 April 1940, the Polish destroyers Burza, Grom and Blyskawica reached their new homebase Rosyth. In the afternoon they left the harbor with Galatea, her sister ship Arethusa and three destroyers. They were ordered to conduct a patrol in the North Sea and were later ordered to intercept German invasion groups heading for Norway.

On 1 September 1940 Galatea struck a mine. She remained with the Home Fleet (under refit, between October 1940 to January 1941) until May 1941, and was involved in hunting the Bismarck operations. In July 1941 she joined the Mediterranean Fleet via the Red Sea, and by November was based at Malta with Force "K", operating against the Axis supply convoys to North Africa.

On 14 December 1941 before midnight Galatea (Capt. E.W.B. Sim, R.N.) was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine U-557 off Alexandria, Egypt in position 31.17° N 29.13° E. Captain Sim, 22 officers and 447 ratings were killed. Some 100 survivors were picked up by the destroyers HMS Griffin and HMS Hotspur.

At 1806hrs on 16 December, U-557 sent a short radio signal indicating that she was 18 hours from port. At 1800hrs on the same day, the Italian torpedo boat Orione left the Cretan port of Suda. The commander had no knowledge that a German U-boat was in the area of Crete.

When the Italian commander saw a submarine at 2144hrs, heading in a northerly direction, he decided to ram it, supposing it to be British. U-557 sank immediately with all hands; the damaged Italian torpedo boat headed back to base. The position of the incident was given by the Italian commander as 35.31° N 23.19° E.

HARPER

Stanley

Petty Officer Stoker D/KX 80785, HMS Dorsetshire, Royal Navy. Died 11th March 1945. Husband of Doris E. Harper, of Ivybridge. Buried in IVYBRIDGE CEMETERY, IVYBRIDGE, Devon. Block F. Grave 136.

HULL

Desmond

Rifleman 7021412, 2nd Battalion (The London Irish Rifles), Royal Ulster Rifles. Died 2nd Decmeber 1943. Aged 20. Son of Thomas and Elisabeth Hull; husband of Barbara Hull, of Ivybridge, Devon. Buried in SANGRO RIVER WAR CEMETERY, Italy. Plot XI. Row C. Grave 21.

JAMES

Donald

Supply Assistant D/SMX 353, HMS Charybdis, Royal Navy. Died 23rd October 1943. Aged 21. Son of Francis Joseph Thomas James, and of Florence Ellen James, of Ivybridge, Devon. No known grave. Commemorated on PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Devon. Panel 83, Column 1.

Note: HMS Charybdis was a Dido-class cruiser of the Royal Navy. She was built by Cammell Laird Shipyard (Birkenhead, UK), with the keel being laid down on 9 November 1939. She was launched on 17 September 1940, and commissioned 3 December 1941.

On 21 October 1943, Charybdis and destroyers HMS Grenville, Rocket and four Hunt class destroyers (HMS Limbourne, Wensleydale, Talybont and Stevenstone) intercepted Münsterland off Ushant, Brittany. The force was attacked at night by the German 4th Torpedo Boat Flotilla (five Elbing class torpedo boats), which was escorting the blockade runner.

Charybdis was almost immediately torpedoed by the German torpedo boats T23 and T27. HMS Limbourne was also hit during this action and had to be sunk by HMS Rocket. The German force escaped unharmed. Charybdis sank in position 48°59'N 3°39'W, with the loss of 30 officers and 432 ratings just off the North Coast of Brittany. The Münsterland eventually ran aground off Cap Blanc Nez and was destroyed.

Soon after the sinking, the bodies of 21 Royal Navy and Royal Marine men were washed up on the island of Guernsey. The German occupation authorities buried them with full military honours and this became the opportunity for the islanders to demonstrate their loyalty to Britain and their opposition to the Nazi occupiers. About 5000 attended the funeral. Subsequent military funerals were closed to civilians.

JAGO

Lewis Roy

Private 5439624, 1st/6th Battalion, East Surrey Regiment. Died 18th July 1944. Aged 25. Son of Benjaman Lewis Jago and Violet Maud Jago; husband of Margaret Eliza Jago, of Huish Episcopi, Somerset. Buried in FOIANO DELLA CHIANA WAR CEMETERY, Italy. Plot II. Row L. Grave 3.

JARVIS

Ernest William

Sergeant 5250009, 7th Battalion, Parachute Regiment, Air Corps. Died 6th June 1944. Aged 28. Buried in LA DELIVRANDE WAR CEMETERY, DOUVRES, Calvados, France. Plot IV. Row K. Grave 3.

LOWDEN

Alfred Reginald

Petty Officer Stoker D/KX 85165, HMS Hussar, Royal Navy. Died 27th August 1944. Aged 28. Husband of Dorothy May Lowden, of Ivybridge, Devon. No known grave. Commemorated on PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Devon. Panel 89, Column 2.

Note: HMS Hussar was a Halcyon Class Minesweeper built by Thornycroft (Southampton, U.K.) , laid down 10th August 1933, launched 27th August 1934, commissioned 16th January 1935. HMS Hussar (Lt. Cdr. Nash, MBE, RNR) was accidentally sunk by allied aircraft off Le Havre, France on 27th August 1944.

NORTHMORE

George Victor Frederick S

Leading Cook (S) D/MX 53039, HMS Glorious, Royal Navy. Died 8th June 1940. Aged 25. No known grave. Commemorated on PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Devon. Panel 42, Column 3.

Note: HMS Glorious was a warship of the Royal Navy. Built by Harland & Wolff Ltd. (Belfast, Northern Ireland) as a "large light cruiser" during World War I, Glorious, her sister HMS Courageous, and half-sister HMS Furious were the brainchildren of Admiral Lord Fisher, and were designed to be "light cruiser destroyers". She was laid down 1st May 1915, launched 20th April 1916 and commissioned 14th October 1917. They were originally intended to be heavy support for shallow water operations in the Baltic Sea, which ultimately never came to pass. She saw action in World War I, and then was converted into an aircraft carrier converted to an aircraft carrier at Rosyth Dockyard and Devonport Dockyard from 1 February 1924 until 10 March 1930. Recommissioned on 7 January 1930, this was prior to the completion of her conversion. At the outbreak of the Second World War HMS Glorious was stationed at Alexandria with the Mediterranean Fleet. In October 1939, HMS Glorious was part of Force I, supported by the battleship HMS Malaya she patrolled the Gulf of Aden in search of German merchant ships and the pocket battleship Admiral Graf Spee.

With the invasion of Norway on 9 April 1940, HMS Glorious was recalled to England with great haste, she left Malta on 11 April 1940. During the Norwegian Campaign HMS Glorious was almost fully employed in transporting RAF aircraft to Norway. During the withdrawl from Norway, HMS Glorious (Capt. G. D'Oyly-Hughes, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) and her escorting destroyers HMS Acasta and HMS Ardent were caught by the German battlecruisers Scharnhorst and Gneisenau with a full deck of Hurricanes and Gladiators, and unable to launch her aircraft she was sunk. There were only 43 survivors, with the loss of over 1200 lives.

PROUT

Donald Godfrey

Leading Aircraftman 1410738, 5051 Airfield Construction Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 2nd September 1943. Aged 22. Son of James Proctor Prout and Annie Prout, of Ivybridge, Devon. Buried in MALTA (CAPUCCINI) NAVAL CEMETERY, Malta. Protestant Section(Men's). Plot F. Collective grave 43.

ROGERS

John Dingle

[Private on memorial] Volunteer, 17th Devon (Dockyard) Battalion, Home Guard. Died 2nd April 1941. Aged 21. Son of Edwin C. Rogers and Alice R. Rogers, of Ivybridge. Buried in IVYBRIDGE CEMETERY, IVYBRIDGE, Devon. Block B. Grave 111.

RYAN

W A

Surgeon Lieutenant-Commander - No further information currently available

SALTER

Sydney Charles

Stoker 1st Class D/KX 99646, HMS Illustrious, Royal Navy. Died 12th January 1941. Aged 19. Son of William John and Minnie Salter, of Ivybridge, Devon. No known grave. Commemorated on PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Devon. Panel 53, Column 2.

Note: HMS Illustrious (R87) was an aircraft carrier, the namesake of a new class of carriers which included, in addition to the Illustrious, the Victorious, the Formidable and the Indomitable, Illustrious was built by Vickers-Armstrong at Barrow-in-Furness, launched in 1939, and commissioned in May 1940. She had a displacement of 23,000 tonnes and a capability to carry up to 36 aircraft on-board, her armoured deck greatly reduced the number of aircraft that she could carry. Perhaps predictably, she was nicknamed "Lusty" by the men who served on her.

On 11th January 1941, HMS Illustrious herself was subjected to an aerial attack from Axis Savoia and Stuka dive-bombers, being hit by 8 bombs and suffering extensive damage, destroying her sick bay and ward room, while escorting a convoy east of Sicily.

SCANTLEBURY

Edward Ernest

Corporal PLY/X 1056, HMS Prince of Wales, Royal Marines Died 12th September 1944. Aged 28. Son of Ernest and Irene Scantlebury; husband of Dorothy Scantlebury, of Idle, Yorkshire. No known grave. Commemorated on PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Devon. Panel 92, Column 1.

STRICKLAND, DFC

James Murray

Flight Lieutenant 39581, 130 Squadron, Royal Air Force. Died 14th August 1941. Aged 22. Son of James and Elizabeth Strickland; husband of Betty Stean Strickland, of Ivybridge. Awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (D.F.C.). Buried in IVYBRIDGE CEMETERY, IVYBRIDGE, Devon. Block B. Grave 3.A.

STRICKLAND

John

Flying Officer 125585, 261 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 23rd October 1943. Aged 21. Son of James and Elizabeth Strickland; nephew of Mrs. M. A. Campbell, of Hanwell, Middlesex. No known grave. Commemorated on SINGAPORE MEMORIAL, Kranji War Cemetery, Singapore. Column 424.

TOMS

Fred

Petty Officer Stoker D/K 32894, HMS Itchen, Royal Navy. Died 23rd September 1943. No known grave. Commemorated on PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Devon. Panel 81, Column 3.

Note: HMS Itchen was a River Class Frigate built by Fleming & Ferguson Ltd. (Paisley, Scotland) , launched 28th Decmeber 1942 and commissioned 23rd September 1943. At 02:01 hours on 23rd September 1943 the German submarine U-666 fired a Gnat torpedo, which hit HMS Itchen (Cdr. C.E. Bridgman, RNR, DSO). The frigate blew up after the hit and debris from the vessel was later found on the conning tower of the U-boat and on HMCS Morden. 227 men, including survivors from other ships, went down with HMS Itchen. There were only 3 survivors, 2 from Itchen and one from the Canadian destroyer HMCS St. Croix.

TURNER

Eric Vincent

Flight Lieutenant 85035, Royal Air Force. Died 26th February 1944. Aged 42. Son of James Vincent Turner and Florence Vincent Turner; husband of Mary Kathleen Soady Turner, of Ivybridge, Devon. Buried in HERNE BAY CEMETERY, Herne Bay, kent. Section XXR. Grave 40.

YABSLEY

James Robert

Warrant Officer 903031, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 12th November 1946. Aged 30. Son of James Thomas Yabsley and Susan Grace Yabsley, of Ivybridge; husband of Mary Yabsley, of Ivybridge. Buried in IVYBRIDGE CEMETERY, IVYBRIDGE, Devon. Block A. Grave 45.

CHADWICK

Sidney John

Acting Chief Petty Officer C/J 112375, HMS Picotee, Royal Navy. Died 12th August 1941. Aged 32. Son of Frederick and Edith Chadwick; husband of Olive L. Chadwick, of Ivybridge, Devon. Commemorated on CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL, Kent. Panle 41, Column 2.

Note: HMS Picotee was a Flower Class Corvette built by Harland & Wolff Ltd. (Belfast, Northern Ireland), laid down 21st March 1940, launched 19th July 1940 and commissioned 5th September 1940. HMS Picotee (Lt. T.H. Williams, RNR) was torpedoed and sunk south of Iceland by U-568 during the night of 11th/12th August 1941 while escorting convoy ONS-4. She was hit by one torpedo and sank almost immediately. There were no survivors.

Buried in the cemetery but not on the memorial

CARNE

Thomas William

Petty Officer Stoker 312380 (Dev.), HMS Garland, Royal Navy. Died 17th March 1920. Aged 33. Husband of Gladys E. Carne, of 3, Victoria Cottages, Cadleigh Park, Ivybridge. Buried in IVYBRIDGE CEMETERY, IVYBRIDGE, Devon. Grave reference E. (C). 98.

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