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ST MARYCHURCH WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 - Detailed information
Compiled & Copyright © Gill Cannell & Andrew Dishman 2015

The St Marychurch memorial is situated outside the church of Saint Mary the Virgin, St. Marychurch. There is a base surmounted by a square tapering plinth and a plain granite Latin cross with the inscription carved on one side of the plinth; a crossed sword and a rifle are carved on the base below the inscription. The memorial was unveiled 19 December 1920; rededicated 10 November 2002.
Photograph Copyright © Gill Cannell & Andrew Dishman 2015

To our glorious dead
Who gave their lives in the Great War
1914 - 1919

ALFORD A
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ALFORD George [Job]
Driver T3/027289, Royal Army Service Corps attached 41st Field Ambulance. Died in Mesopotamia 4 July 1916. Aged 36. Born and resident Torquay. enlisted Exeter. Son of Job and Emma Alford, of Torquay; husband of Lillie Alford, of 1, Orchard Rd., Hele, St. Mary Church, Torquay. Buried in AMARA WAR CEMETERY, Iraq, Plot VIII. Row A. Grave 3.
ANGEL [William] Henry [Kingcome]
Private 39784, 3rd Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment. Died of wounds 17 June 1917. Aged 22. Born Plymouth, enlisted Reading, resident Torquay. Son of George and Minnie Angel, of 20, Park Rd., St. Mary Church, Torquay. Formerly 2175, Berkshire Yeomanry. Buried in KANDAHAR FARM CEMETERY, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot II. Row E. Grave 31.
ASH E
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AVERY George [Henry]
Able Seaman J/18992, H.M.S. Indefatigable, Royal Navy. Lost with his ship at the Battle of Jutland 31 May 1916. Aged 19. Born 18 September 1896 in Newton Abbot, Devon. Baptsied 29 January 1897 in St Marychurch. Son of J. Martin and Emma Avery, of 9, Rockwood Terrace, St. Mary Church, Torquay. Potter's mate before enlisting. Enlisted 18 September 1914 for 12 years. Height 5 feet 6 inches, chest 35 inches, brown hair, brown eyes, fresh complexion. No known grave. Commemorated on PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Devon. Panel 11.
BABBAGE Frank
Officer's Steward 3rd Class L/4557, H.M.S. Indefatigable, Royal Navy. Lost with his ship at the Battle of Jutland 31 May 1916. Aged 19. Born 7 July 1897 in Torquay, Devon. Son of Alfred and Mary Ann Babbage, of 16, Park Rd., St. Mary Church, Torquay. In the 1911 census he was aged 13,son of Alfred and MAry Ann Babbage, school boy, born St Mary Church, Devon, resident 3 Southtown Cotts, Church Road, St Marychurch, Torquay. Prior to enlistment he was a Jeweller's Assistant. Height 5 feet 6 inches, chest 30 inches, red hair, grey eyes, fresh complexion. No known grave. Commemorted on PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Devon. Panel 17.
BAMFORD A
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BASTARD, DSM, MiD Ernest [Edward]
Petty Officer 207705, H.M. Submarine G9, Royal Navy. Lost with his submarine 16 September 1917. Aged 32. Born 22 October 1884 in Torquay. Son of Ernest Edward Bastard, of Torquay; husband of Lilian Frances Bastard, of 88, Hele Rd., St. Mary Church, Torquay, Devon. Mentioned in Despatches (MiD). Awarded the Distinguished Service Medal (D.S.M.). Errand boy prior to enlisting. Enlisted 22 October 1902 for 12 years and then 22 October 1914 to completion. Height 5 feet 11¼ inches, dark brown hair, hazel eyes, fresh complexion. Listed as Edward Ernest James Bastard when he married Lilian Frances Taylor 3 August 1908 in St Marychurch, Torquay; resident 10 Woodside Cottages, Hele, St. Marychurch. No known grave. Commemorted on PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Devon. Panel 20.

Note: G9 was sunk by the destroyer HMS Pasley in foul weather on the night of 16 September 1917. G9 had mistaken Pasley for a U-boat and fired two torpedoes at her. The first struck Pasley on her starboard quarter, but too acutely to detonate; the second passed astern. On seeing the submarine's wash, Pasley's officer of the watch, Midshipman Frank Wallis, RNR, turned the boat hard to starboard and rammed G9 just aft of amidships all but cutting her in two, and she sank less than one minute later with the loss of all but one of her crew, Stoker William Drake.

Public Domain,
G9 crew: Stoker Drake at extreme right of picture standing-easy.
A B Baby centre of back row of 5.
Which is Ernest Edward Bastard is unknown.

BATTERSHILL Ernest
Private 3/7134, "D" Company, 1st Battalion, Devonshire Regiment. Killed in action 15 March 1915. Aged 17. Born and resident Torquay, enlisted Exeter. Son of Mr. F. T. and Mrs. B. J. Battershill, of 120, Hele Rd., St. Mary Church, Torquay. Buried in WULVERGHEM-LINDENHOEK ROAD MILITARY CEMETERY, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot V. Row B. Grave 11.
BEARE Harry [Reginald]
Driver 192109, "A" Battery, 62nd Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Died 16 October 1917. Aged 29. Born Babbacombe, Devon, enlisted Newton Abbot. Son of Frederick Robert and Ellen Beare, of 98, Paisland Cottages, Barton, St. Mary Church, Torquay. Buried in DUISANS BRITISH CEMETERY, ETRUN, Pas de Calais, France. Plot V. Row C. Grave 20.
BEARE Charles [William]
Private 72184, 9th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment. Killed in action 28 September 1918. Born Babbacombe, Devon, enlisted Bewton Abbot. Formerly 3743, Royal Devonshire Yeomanry. Buried in CABARET-ROUGE BRITISH CEMETERY, SOUCHEZ, Pas de Calais, France. Grave posotion unknown. Commemorated on Wavrin German Cemetery Memorial 21.
BISHOP F
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BLACKMORE Benjamin
Corporal 9616, 8th (Service) Battalion, Devonshire Regiment. Killed in action 4 October 1917. Born 6 March 1895, baptised 26 April 1895 (son of William & Ellen) in St Marychurch, enlisted Torquay. In the 1901 census he was aged 6. son of William and Ellen Blackmore, born Torquay, Devon, resident 18, Barewell Road, St Marychurch, Devon. In the 1911 census he was aged 16, son of Ellen Blackmore (widow), Baker's Assistant, born St Marychurch, Devon, resident 18 Barewell Road, St Marychurch, Devon. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 38 to 40.
BOWDEN A
possibly Albert Henry BOWDEN, 2nd Battalion, Alexandra, Princess of Wales's Own (Yorkshire Regiment). Died of wounds in United Kingdom 1 May 1918. Born Torquay, enlisted South Moltom. resident Molland. Nephew of A. J. Bowden, of 21, Princes Rd., East Ellacombe, Torquay, Devon. Formerly 164308, Royal Field Artillery. Buried in BROOKWOOD MILITARY CEMETERY, Surrey. Plot XIII. Row D. Grave 7A.
BRIMICOMBE, MM Sydney [James]
Serjeant 8200, 3rd Company, 2nd Battalion, Coldstream Guards, Killed in action 15 September 1916. Aged 25. Born Staverton, Devon, enlisted Torquay. Son of William and Mary J. Brimicombe, of 56, Barewell Rd., St. Marychurch, Torquay; husband of the late Rosa Brimicombe (nee Goff). Awarded the Military Medal (M.M.). Buried in GUARDS' CEMETERY, LESBOEUFS, Somme, France. Plot V. Row N. Grave 2.
BROUGH Lionel
Private 22146, 1st Battalion, Devonshire Regiment. Killed in action 23 April 1917. Born and resident Torquay, enlisted Newton Abbot. In the 1911 census he was aged 14, son of Jeeny Kirton, adopted son of Samuel george Kirton, a grocer's errand boy. born Torquay, Devon, resident 11 Lummaton Place, St Marychurch, Devon. Buried in LA CHAUDIERE MILITARY CEMETERY, VIMY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot VI. Row C. Grave 1.
BROWNING W
probably William BROWNING, Private 11525, 8th (Service) Battalion, Devonshire Regiment. Killed in action 1 July 1916. Aged 19. Born Dawlish, Devon, enlisted Exter, resident Torquay. Son of James and Fanny Browning, of 25, Rosery Rd., Chelston, Torquay, Devon. In the 1911 census he is aged 14, son of James and Fnny Browning, errand boy, born Dawlish, Devon, resident 2 Brunswick Terrace, Tormoham, Torquay, Devon. Buried in DEVONSHIRE CEMETERY, MAMETZ, Somme, France. Plot/Row/Section B. Grave 7.
CHUDLEY Cecil [John]
Private 240757, 1/5th (P.O.W.) Battalion (Territorials), Devonshire Regiment. Killed in action 23 November 1917. Aged 23. Enlisted Newton Abbot, resident Torquay. Son of Henry and Priscilla Chudley, of 51, Teignmouth Rd., St. Mary Church, Torquay. Buried in JERUSALEM WAR CEMETERY, Israel and Palestine (including Gaza). Section B. Grave 94.
COKER G
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COREY A
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COURT William [Arthur]
Private 21022, "A" Company, 8th Battalion, Devonshire Regiment. Killed in action 28 March 1917. Aged 22. Born Plymouth, enlisted Newton Abbot. Son of Frederick Thomas and Emily Court, of 6, Hartop Rd., St. Marychurch, Torquay. No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 4.
CONNETT B
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COLDRIDGE F
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COLLINGS [John] Charles
[Listed as COLLINS on SDGW] Private 20482, 7th (Service) Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment. Died at Gallipoli 25 November 1915. Aged 24. Enlisted Cirencester. Son of John and Jane Collings, of 31, Western Rd., St. Mary Church, Torquay. Buried in PIETA MILITARY CEMETERY, Malta. Plot D. Row IX. Grave 2.
CROOK Gerald [Frank Thomas]
Private 2250, 1/5th (P.O.W.) Battalion (Territorials), Devonshire Regiment. Died in Mesopotamia 19 January 1917. Aged 27. Born and resident Torquay, enlisted Plymouth. Son of James and Selina Crook, of St. Marychurch, Torquay. Buried in BASRA WAR CEMETERY, Iraq. Plot V. Row U. Grave 13.
CROOT George [Henry]
Private 12604, 1st Battalion, Coldstream Guards. Died of wounds 14 May 1916. Aged 22. Born Stoke-in-Teignhead, Devon, enlisted Exeter, resident Barton, Torquay. Son of John Croot, of 38, Barton, St. Mary Church, Torquay, Devon, and the late Ellen Croot. Buried in LIJSSENTHOEK MILITARY CEMETERY, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot VI. Row D. Grave 30A.
CROUCH William [ Henry]
Serjeant 9858, Royal Army Veterinary Corps transferred to 706655, Labour Corps. Died 15 April 1920. Aged 46. Son of William H. Crouch; husband of Amelia Crouch, of 12, Western Rd., St. Mary Church, Torquay. Buried south of the chancel in ST. MARYCHURCH (ST. MARY) CHURCHYARD, TORBAY, Devon.
CUSSELL S
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DART R
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DAWE Thomas
Corporal 67804. 11th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment). Killed in action 21 October 1917. Born Paddington, enlisted Kilburn, resident St Marychurch, Devon. Formerly 4083, Royal Sussex Regiment. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 28 to 30 and 162 to 162A and 163A.
DALBY G
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DALBY H
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DENNING F
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ELSON C
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EVENS Henry [John]
Private 166114, "A" Cyclist Company, 2/1st Battalion, North Somerset Yeomanry. Died in United Kingdom 3 May 1918. Aged 27. Born and resident Devon, enlisted Exeter. Son of Emiline Evens, of 80, Hartop Rd., St. Mary Church, Torquay, and the late William Henry Evens. A Watch and clockmaker. Buried in GRANGEGORMAN MILITARY CEMETERY, County Dublin, Ireland. Church of England Grave 678.
FIELD Henry [Graham]
Private 3804, 1/6th Battalion (Territorials), Devonshire Regiment. Killed in action in Mesopotamia 8 March 1916. Aged 25. Born and resident Torquay, enlisted Exeter. Husband of Florence M. Field, of 37, Hele Rd., St. Mary Church, Torquay, Devon. No known grave. Commemorated on BASRA MEMORIAL, Iraq. Panel 11.
FLETCHER William [John Wall]
Lieutenant, H.M.S. Black Prince, Royal Navy. Died 31 May 1916. Aged 33. Son of the late Louisa Fletcher, of 1, Carlton Place, St. Mary Church, Torquay; husband of Ethel R. Fletcher, of 36, Fairmile Avenue, Streatham, London. No known grave. Commemorated on PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Devon. Panel 11.
GERMAN G
Possibly Jack GERMAN, Serjeant 240074, 1/5th Battalion, Devonshire Regiment. Killed in action 20 June 1918. Aged 32. Born and enlisted Ashburton, Devon. Son of Robert and Mary Ann German, of Ashburton, Devon; husband of Ellen Meyers (formerly German), of 29, Compton Place, St. Mary Church, Torquay. Buried in BIENVILLERS MILITARY CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot XXI. Row D. Grave 2.
GILL J
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GRIFFIN P
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GREGORY F
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HANNAFORD Reginald [George]
Private S4/143835, 32nd Division Train, Royal Army Service Corps. Died in Egypt 24 February 1916. Aged 22. Born, resident and enlisted Torquay. Son of Panny Hannaford, of 48, Park Rd., St. Mary Church, Torquay, and the late Samuel Hannaford. Buried in ALEXANDRIA (CHATBY) MILITARY AND WAR MEMORIAL CEMETERY, Egypt. Section G. Grave 10.
HANNAFORD Samuel
Able Seaman 199233, H.M.S. Moorsom, Royal Navy. Died 4 February 1916. Aged 33. Son of Fanny Hannaford, of 48, Park Rd., St. Mary Church, Torquay, and the late Samuel Hannaford. Buried in TORQUAY CEMETERY AND EXTENSION, Devon. Plot E. Row 14. Grave 14149.
HATTON E
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HAWKE Frank [William Edwin]
Telegraphist J/17608, H.M.S. Defence, Royal Navy. Died 31 May 1916. Aged 19. Eldest son of Frank and Annie Hawke, of 6, Lummaton Place, St. Mary Church, Torquay. No known grave. Commemorted on PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Devon. Panel 14.
HOCKEN L
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HOLE V
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HOWARD Charles [John Joseph]
Private 360117, 1/10th Battalion, The King's (Liverpool Regiment). Died of wounds 3 May 1916. Aged 20. Born Devon, enlisted Exeter, esident Torquay. Son of Mrs. K. and the late Mr. Howard. Native of St. Mary Church, Torquay, Devon. Buried in ETAPLES MILITARY CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot LXV. Row A. Grave 15.
HUTTON Peter
Serjeant 9828, 8th Battalion, Black Watch (Royal Highlanders). Died 19 July 1918. Aged 41. Born Sailkot, India, enlisted Necastle-on-Tyne. Son of the late Robert and Elizabeth Hutton; husband of Catherine S. Hutton, of 43, Hill Rd., St. Mary Church, Torquay. Formerly 19401, Royal Field Artillery. No known grave. Commemorated on PLOEGSTEERT MEMORIAL, Hainaut, Belgium. Panel 7.
JORDAN A
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KIRTON A
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LANGDON J
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LIGHTWOOD F
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LUSCOMBE W
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MILTON S
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MILLAR L
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MOASE W
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NICKELLS F
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NORMAN A
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OLDREY Ernest [William]
Sapper 515083, 56th Army Troops Company [CWGC states 567th], Royal Engineers. Killed in action 28 May 1917. Aged 34. Born and enlisted Torquay. Husband of M. E. Oldrey, of 25, Western Rd., St. Mary Church, Torquay, Devon. Buried in RENINGHELST NEW MILITARY CEMETERY, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot II. Row E. Grave 19.
O’SHEA D
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O’SHEA W
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PECKHAM Charles [William]
Private G/8556, 7th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. Died of wounds in United Kingdom 11 July 1918. Aged 25. Born Barkham, Sussex, enlisted Newmarket, Cambridgeshire. Son of Joseph and Florence Peckham, of High St., Barcombe, Sussex; husband of Alice M. Peckham, of 100, Hartop Rd., St. Mary Church, Torquay. Buried in TORQUAY CEMETERY AND EXTENSION, Devon. Plot M. Row 5. Grave 9142.
PENNY S
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PINKHAM Alfred
Private 32490, 2/5th Battalion, Prince of Wales's Volunteers (South Lancashire Regiment). Died 18 November 1917. Aged 34. Born and resident Bishopsteignton, enlisted Exeter. Son of George and Louisa Pinkham, of The Beacon Barton, St. Mary Church, Torquay, Devon. Buried in WIMEREUX COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot VI. Row H. Grave 5A.
PULLMAN Robert [Leslie]
Private 29358, 1st Battalion, Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry. Killed in action 28 September 1918. Born and resident St Marychurch, Torquay, Devon, enlisted Newton Abbot. Son of Mr. J. H. Pullman, of Warway Cottage, Ottery St. Mary, Devon. Formerly 8/9855, T. Reserve Battalion. Buried in LEBUCQUIERE COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Pas de Calais, France. Plot II. Row H. Grave 25.
POWERS Thomas [Ladas]
Private 3139, 24th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers. Died 26 February 1915. Aged 20. Son of Thomas Powers, of 35, Park Rd., St. Mary Church, Torquay. Buried in EXETER HIGHER CEMETERY, Devon. Section B. Plot D. Row 29. Grave 16. [Not listed on SDGW]
RAYBOLD J
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RENDELL A
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ROBERTS C
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SPARK B
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STAMP F
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STEER Frank [Henry]
Private 24147, 10th (Service) Battalion, Devonshire Regiment. Killed in action in Salonika 25 April 1917. Aged 18. Born and resident Torquay, enlisted Newton Abbot. Son of Henry Charles and Alice Steer, of 24, Compton Place, St. Mary Church, Torquay, Devon. No known grave. Commemorated on DOIRAN MEMORIAL, Greece.
STEED G
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STEVENS G
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SUNNAWELL F
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SUTHERLEY J
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TANNER C
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TARR Percy
Private 4347, "C" Company, 8th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment). Killed in action 2 July 1917. Aged 30. Born and resident Torquay, enlisted Newton Abbot. Husband of Gladys E. Tarr, of 72, Hele Rd., St. Mary Church, Torquay. Buried in MONCHY BRITISH CEMETERY, MONCHY-LE-PREUX, Pas de Calais, France. Plot I. Row G. Grave 25.
TICKELL Reginald [Charles]
Private 16629, Grenadier Guards. Killed in action 28 March 1918. Aged 19. Born Torquay, enlisted London. Son of John and E. Tickell, of 6, Barton, St. Marychurch, Torquay, Devon. No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS MEORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 1.
TRUMAN W
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TURNER W
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VANSTONE W
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WALLING A
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WALLING Albert
Driver 52844, "V" Battery, Royal Horse Artillery. Died 2 March 1915. Aged 24. Born newton Abbot, Devon, enlisted Bath, Gloucestershire. Brother of William N. Walling, of 10, Barewell Rd., St. Marychurch, Torquay, Devon. Buried in AIRE COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot IV. Row E. Grave 23.
WALLING F
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WALLING John James
Private 11365, 1st Battalion, Devonshire Regiment. Died of wounds 9 September 1916. Aged 22. Born Moretonhampstead, Devon, enlisted Newton Abbot, resident Kingsteignton, Devon. Brother of William Walling, of 10, Banwell Rd., St. Mary Church, Torquay. Buried in LA NEUVILLE BRITISH CEMETERY, CORBIE, Somme, France. Plot II. Row C. Grave 51.
WALLIS F
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WAY J
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WEST S
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WHIDDEN F
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WHIDDEN W
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WHITE Herman [William]
Staff Serjeant 03004, 26th Special Company, Army Ordnance Corps. Died 12 February 1917. Aged 24. Son of William James and Henrietta White, of Abbotsfield, St. Mary Church Rd., Torquay. Buried south of the chancel in ST. MARYCHURCH (ST. MARY) CHURCHYARD, TORBAY, Devon. [Not listed on SDGW]
WINSOR G
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WINTER Herbert [Richard Thomas]
2nd Corporal 514197, 567th Army Troops Company, Royal Engineers. Died 27 August 1918. Aged 27. Born and enlisted Torquay, Devon. Son of Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Winter, of 30, Hartop Rd., St. Mary Church, Torquay; husband of Jessie Jane Winter, of 225, Babbacombe Rd., Babbacombe, Torquay, Devon. Buried in HEATH CEMETERY, HARBONNIERES, . Plot III. Row E. Grave 5.
WOODWARD Harry [Pullman]
Gunner 190349, 122nd Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Killed in action 16 May 1918. Aged 28. Born Barnet, Hertfordshire, enlisted Torquay. Son of Alfred and Emma Woodward; husband of Mabel Woodward of 183, Teignmouth Rd., St. Mary Church, Torquay, Devon. Native of High Barnet, Herts. Buried in WAILLY ORCHARD CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot II. Row E. Grave 24.
WORTH Thomas [Richard]
Private 84232, 23rd Battalion, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry). Killed in action 29 June 1918 Aged 34. Born Stoke-in-Teignhead, enlisted Torquay. Son of George and Lucy Worth, of Maidencombe, Torquay; husband of Mrs. E. M. Worth, of 123, St. Mary Church Rd., Babbacombe, Torquay. Formerly 46817, Devonshire Regiment. Buried in BARENTHAL MILITARY CEMETERY, Italy. Plot 3. Row C. Grave 3.
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