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World War 1 & 2 - Detailed information
Compiled and copyright © Paula & Dave Kennington 2006
researched Martin Edwards

The memorial stands opposite the Methodist on the main road through Mary Tavy. On the obelisk is a laurel wreath containing the words ‘Lest we Forget’. The First World War names have been listed here in alphabetical order.

Photograph Copyright © Paula & Dave Kennington 2006

In honoured memory of the men of this parish who laid down their lives in the Great War


Henry 'Harry' Thomas

Able Seaman J/4332 (PO), H.M.S. Tipperary, Royal Navy. Killed or died as a direct result of enemy action when his ship as sunk at the Battle of Jutland 1 June 1916. Aged 24. Born 4 April 1893 at Limehouse, London. Son of Mrs. E. Andrews, of 39, Aldboro Rd., Seven Kings, Ilford, Essex; husband of Kathleen Rogers (formerly Andrews), of 4, Fairfields, Mary Tavy, Tavistock, Devon. Buried at sea. Commemorated on PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Hampshire. Panel 12.

Note: HMS Tipperary, launched on 5 March 1915, was a Faulknor-class destroyer leader.

Originally ordered by Chile, she was bought by the Royal Navy at the outbreak of World War I and served with the 4th Destroyer Flotilla of the Grand Fleet.

Tipperary led the 4th Flotilla at the Battle of Jutland under Captain C. J. Wintour. Tipperary and her squadron pressed home determined torpedo attacks on the German main battle line as it escaped across the rear of the British fleet during the night action, starting at approximately 23:20 on 31 May 1916. The 4th Flotilla sank the German light cruiser SMS Frauenlob, but Tipperary and many of the other British destroyers were sunk or badly damaged. These engagements took place at such close range that some of Tipperary's squadron were able to hit the German dreadnoughts with their small 4-inch guns, causing casualties that included command officers on the bridges.

HMS Tipperary was sunk on 1 June 1916 by 5.9 inch (150 mm) fire from the secondary battery of the German dreadnought SMS Westfalen with the loss of 185 hands from her crew of 197.


William Thomas

Private 7769, 1st Battalion, Devonshire Regiment. Killed in action 14 January 1915. Aged 26. Born and resident Crediton, enlisted Exeter. Husband of Maude L. Baker, of Midlands, Mary Tavy, Tavistock, Devon. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 21.



Private 345545, 16th (Royal 1st Devon Yeomanry and Royal North Devon Hussars) Battalion, Devonshire Regiment. Died 6 November 1918. Aged 33. Born and enlisted Tavistock. Son of the late Thomas Hughes Berriball and Emma Jane Berriball, of Whitchurch, Tavistock, Devon. Buried in ALEXANDRIA (HADRA) WAR MEMORIAL CEMETERY, Egypt. Section E. Grave 139.


[William] James [ Blake]

Private 89425, 11th Battalion, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry). Died of wounds 13 April 1918. Born Calstock, Cornwall, enlisted Plymouth, resident Mary Tavy. Buried in WIMEREUX COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot X. Row D. Grave 3A.



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William [Frederick]

Private 20563, 1st Battalion, Devonshire Regiment. Killed in action 9 June 1916. Aged 20. Born Mary Tavy, enlisted Tavistock. Son of Richard and Emma Cudlipp, of Black Down, Mary Tavy, Tavistock. Buried in FAUBOURG D'AMIENS CEMETERY, ARRAS, Pas de Calais, France. Plot I. Row D. Grave 22.


William Henry

[Spelt DAVY on CWGC] Private SE/13394, 17th Veterinary, Royal Army Veterinary Corps. Died in Salonika 26 October 1916. Aged 43. Born Tavistock, enlisted Woolwich. Son of John and Grace Davy, of Tavistock; husband of Edith Davy, of 14, Mill Hill, Tavistock, Devon. Buried in SALONIKA (LEMBET ROAD) MILITARY CEMETERY, Greece. Grave 534.



Private 25795, 7th (Service) Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment. Died in Mesopotamia 2 June 1916. Aged 47. Born Tavistock, enlisted Bridgwater. Son of Robert and Elizabeth Densham, of Lezant, Launceston, Cornwall. Formerly 19352, Somerset Light Infantry. Buried in AMARA WAR CEMETERY, Iraq. Plot XXI. Row E. Grave 6.



Private PLY/94(S), 1st Royal Marine Battalion, Royal Naval Division, Royal Marine Light Infantry. Killed in action 27 September 1918. Aged 29. Husband of Lucy Eggett, of Cranmere Villa, Mary Tavy, Tavistock, Devon. Brother of PLY/152/S Private James Eggett, Prisoner of War 2nd RM Battalion 28 April 1917. A Miner by trade. Born Dewsbury, son of Jesse & Elizabeth, Daley St., Thornhill Lees, later of: 36 Star Inn Yard, West Town, Dewsbury. Ex-Private King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, enlisted Dewbury 4 September 1914, aged 25, and transferred to Plymouth Short-Service Royal Marine Light Infantry 16 September 1914. Plymouth Battalion Mesopotamian Expeditionary Force 6 February 1915 to 17 September 1915. He was invalided to UK with Dysentery, 11 November 1915. Draft for British Expeditionary Force 26 September 1916, joined 2nd Royal Marine Battalion 5 December 1916 to 5 February 1917 then joined 188th Labour Company, 23 February 1917. Suffered an intestinal obstruction, invalided to UK 3 March 1917. Draft for British Expeditionary Force 2 August 1917, joined 2nd Royal Marine Battalion 24 August 1917, transferred to 1st Royal Marine Battalion 28 April 1918 until his death. Buried in ANNEUX BRITISH CEMETERY, Nord, France. Plot I. Row E. Grave 16.


Norman Stanley

Petty Officer Stoker 299469, H.M.S. Falmouth, Royal Navy. Killed or died as a direct result of enemy action when his ship was sunk at the Battle of Jutland 19 August 1916. Born 23 April 1883 at Callington, Cornwall. Brother of Edward Charles Fry, of Moorside, Brentor, Tavistock and also brother of, Mrs Alice M. Ball. Station Rd, Mary Tavy, Tavistock Devon. Buried at sea. Commemorated on PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Devon. Panel 14.

Note: HMS Falmouth was a Town-class light cruiser of the Royal Navy launched on 20 September 1910 from the yards of William Beardmore and Company. She was part of the Weymouth subgroup.

She saw action in a number of major naval engagements of the war. On the outbreak of the First World War, she was assigned to the 5th Cruiser Squadron operating in the Mid Atlantic, in August 1914 Falmouth sank four German merchant ships and later that month was reassigned to the 1st Light Cruiser Squadron of the Grand Fleet. On 28 August 1914 she took part in the Battle of Heligoland Bight, and on 24 January 1915 she took part in the Battle of Dogger Bank.

She was still part of the squadron when on 31 May to 1 June 1916 she was present at the Battle of Jutland. Her eventful career came to an end on 19 August 1916 when she was damaged by the German submarine U-66 and then sunk by the German submarine U-63.



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Charles Bertie

Private 20566, 1st Battalion, Devonshire Regiment. Killed in action 25 September 1916. Born Mary Tavy, enlisted Tavistock. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 1 C.


Arthur [Charles]

Lance Corporal 5690, 1st/21st (County of London) Battalion (1st Surrey Rifles), London Regiment. Killed in action 16 September 1916. Born Sheldon, enlisted London, resident Exeter. Formerly C/7808, Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 13 C.


Richard [Edward]

Private 241240, 1/6th Battalion (Territorial), Devonshire Regiment. Died in india 1 April 1917. Born Modbury, Devon, enlisted Exeter, resident Tavistock. Buried in Trimulgherry Cantonment Cemetery. 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, including Trimulgherry Cantonment Cemetery.

In honoured memory of the men of this parish who laid down their lives in the World War




Gunner 881712, 153 battery, 51 Light A.A. Regiment, Royal Artillery. Died 11 April 1943. Aged 24. Son of Frederick and Jane Snell Palmer, of Horndon, Devon. No known grave. Commemorated on MEDJEZ-EL-BAB MEMORIAL, Tunisia. Face 7.



Private 3650983, 1st Battalion, South Lancashire Regiment. Died 22 May 1940. Aged 26. Son of John and Maude Priestley; husband of Myrtle C. Priestley, of Mary Tavy, Devon. Buried in HEVERLEE WAR CEMETERY, Leuven, Vlaams-Brabant, Belgium. Plot 8. Row B. Grave 1.


Leslie Kenneth Colense

Gunner 861553, 51 (Devon) Light A.A. Regimnet, Royal Artillery. Died 27 May 1940. Aged 26. Son of Charles Henry and Beatrice Stephens, of Horndon, Devon. Buried in DUNKIRK TOWN CEMETERY, Nord, France. Special Memorial. Plot 2 Row 15 Grave 9.

Note: Of the 793 Second World War burials, 213 are unidentified and special memorials are erected to 58 soldiers known to be buried among them. These graves are in Plots 1 and 2 of the section by the Dunkirk Memorial.

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