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THORNCOMBE WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Detailed information
Compiled and copyright © Julie Searle 2006

The war memorial stands in the churchyard of St Mary's in Thorncombe and takes the form of a stone cross on a three tiered stone plinth. The names for thos emen who died in World War 1 are around the first step, the names of those for World War 2 are on the roadside, on the second step. Within the church is an illuminated roll of honour, framed and glazed, covering both World Wars, covering all villagers who served, showing names and Regiment/service. The war memorial and roll of honour differ slightly.

Photographs Copyright © Julie Searle 2006

1914-1918

DOWN

Arthur George

Stoker 1st Class, Royal Navy. H.M.S. "Vivid". Died aged 20 on 29/08/1915. Service No. K/18450. Son of Albert and Charlotte Down of Schoolhouse, Thorncombe. No known grave. Remembered at PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Memorial Ref: 6 BROTHER OF

DOWN

Albert William

Leading Stoker, Royal Navy. H.M.S. "Seagull". Died aged 24 on 30/09/1918. Service No. K/15046. Son of Albert and Charlotte Down of Schoolhouse, Thorncombe; husband of Ethel Down of Old Way Lane, West Hatch, Taunton

EBDON

Archibald Studley

Private, 1st Battalion, , Devonshire Reg. Died on 04/10/1917. Service No. 290713. No known grave. Remembered at TYNE COT MEMORIAL. Memorial Ref.; Panel 38 to 40

EBDON

Oliver Francis Arthur

Private, 2nd Battalion, , Welsh Regiment. Died aged 30 on 26/09/1914. service No. 8211. Husband of Mrs. R Simmons (formerly Ebdon), of 1, Homeland Place, Thorncombe Rd, Blackwood, Mon. Buried at LES GONARDS CEMETERY, VERSAILLES. Memorial Ref.: 1. 16.

EBDON

R

Private, 8th Bn, Somerset Light Infantry. Died aged 19 on 01/07/1916. Service No: 19001. Son of Frank and Caroline R. Ebdon, of Fore St., Thorncombe, Chard, Somerset. Buried at GORDON DUMP CEMETERY, OVILLERS-LA BOISSELLE. Memorial Ref.: VII. A. 6.

FORSEY

John

Private with Dorset Yeomanry (Queen's Own). Died on 21/08/1915. Service No: 1101. Remembered at HELLES MEMORIAL, GALLIPOLI. Memorial Ref.: Panel 17 and 18.

FRENCH

Arthur Edward

Gunner, "A" Bty. 189th Bde, Royal Field Artillery Died 16/09/1916.Service No: L/45946 No known grave. Remembered at: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL. Memorial Ref.: Pier and Face 1 A and 8 A.

FROOM

George Herbert

Stoker 1st Class, Royal Navy. H.M.S. "Victory". Died aged 23 on 15/07/1917. Service No: K/33287 Son of James and Louisa Froom, of Schoolhouse, Thorncombe. Buried at THORNCOMBE (ST. MARY) CHURCHYARD

HAWKER

Fred

Private 1st Battalion, Somerset Light Infantry. Died aged 26 on 26/08/1914.Service No: 7699 Brother of Mrs. S. Hodges, of Coombses, Tatworth, Chard, Somerset. Remembed at LA FERTE-SOUS-JOUARRE MEMORIAL

HAWKER

Robert

Private 6th Battalion, Somerset Light Infantry. Died aged 25 on 21/03/1918. Service No: 15933. Son of Hugh and Annie Hawker, of Thorncombe. No known grave. Remembered at POZIERES MEMORIAL. Memorial Ref.: Panel 25 and 26.

HEMBURY

Frederick

[Spelt HEMBRY on memorial] Private 2nd Battalion, Wiltshire Regiment. Died aged 21 on 28/08/1917. Service No: 26749. Son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Hembury, of Knapp Cottage, Thorncombe. No known grave.Remembered at TYNE COT MEMORIAL. Memorial Ref.: Panel 119 to 120.

HODDER

Ben

Private 1st Battalion, Devonshire Regiment. Died aged 28 on 25/09/1917. Service No: 3/7044. Son of Henry Robert Hodder. No knownm grave. Remembered at THIEPVAL MEMORIAL. Memorial Ref.: Pier and Face 1 C.

HUSSEY

L G

Private, Devonshire Regiment transferred to (245440) 44th Home Service Employment Coy., Labour Corps. Died on 18/02/1919. Service No: 7088. Son of Mrs. Sarah Ann Hussey, of Fore St., Thorncombe. Buried at THORNCOMBE (ST. MARY) CHURCHYARD

LANGFORD

A C

Rifleman, 34th Battalion, London Regiment. Died aged 38 on 30/10/1918. Service No: 897299. Husband of Florence Langford, of Templemanash, Broadwinsor, Beaminster, Dorset. Buried at TAINTIGNIES COMMUNAL CEMETERY. Memorial Ref.: D. 5.

LANGFORD

L

Gunner, Fourth Army Pool, Royal Garrison Artillery. Died on 10/12/1916. Service No: 91280. Buried at BERNAFAY WOOD BRITISH CEMETERY, MONTAUBAN. Memorial Ref.: I. 48.

MOREY

Frederick

Private, 2nd/1st Bucks Battalion, Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry. Died on 22/08/1917. Service No: 267326. Remembered at TYNE COT MEMORIAL. Memorial Ref.: Panel 96 to 98.

MOREY

Leonard

Private, No. 3 Coy. 2nd Battalion, Coldstream Guards. Died aged 28 on 23/10/1914. Service No: 5901. Son of Elizabeth Morey, of Bower Hinton, Martock, Somerset, and the late William Henry Morey. Remembered at YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL. Memorial Ref.: Panel 11.

QUICK

G F

Gunner, 199th Siege Bty. Royal Garrison Artillery. Died on 26/09/1918. Service No: 78101. Remembered at RUYAULCOURT MILITARY CEMETERY. Memorial Ref.: M. 12.

ROPER

George Fitzgerald

Second Lieutenant, Royal Field Artillery. Died aged 20 on 18/05/1919. Eldest son of Freeman and Elizabeth Harriet Roper, of Forde Abbey, Chard, Dorset. Buried at IPSWICH CEMETERY.Memorial Ref.: BA. I. 80.

WELCH

S E

No further information currently

WOOLNOUGH

Frederick Ullathorne

Captain, 3rd Battalion, Dorsetshire Reg. Secondary Regiment: Somerset Light Infantry, attd. 6th Bn Died on 22/03/1918. Buried at HAM BRITISH CEMETERY, MUILLE-VILLETTE. Memorial Ref.: I. E. 18.

LOUD

A H

Private,425th Agricultural Coy. Labour Corps Died on 06/12/1918. Service No: 237489 Buried at THORNCOMBE (ST. MARY) CHURCHYARD. (Appears on Memorial outside. Appears on Roll of Honours inside as R H Loud and still living.)

1939-1945

CATOR

C (or H)

No further information currently

DAVIS (or DAVIES)

J

No further information currently

SYMES

Walter Thomas

Pilot Officer (Flt. Engr.), 426 (R.C.A.F.) Sqdn, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died aged 21 on 05/03/1945. Service No: 195926. Son of Bert and Ida Bessie Symes, of Westford, Somerset. Buried at THORNCOMBE CEMETERY EXTENSION. Memorial Ref.: North part. Row 7. Grave 3.

Last updated 8 May, 2006

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