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BEER WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Detailed information
Compiled and copyright © Paul Radford 2009

research Martin Edwards

The memorial stands outside St Michael's Church, Fore Street, beer, Devon. It takes the form of a cross, with a foliate design on the arms, set on a tapering shaft and square stone plinth with a three-stepped base. The inscription is in black lettering on the plinth later additions have been added to the steps. There are 25 names for World War 1 and 12 for World War 2.

Photographs Copyright © Paul Radford 2009

TO THE GLORY OF GOD
AND IN
PROUD AND GRATEFUL MEMORY
OF THE GALLANT MEN
FROM THIS PARISH
WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES
IN THE GREAT WARS
1914-1919

ABBOTT Walter Tom
Able Seaman 228498. H.M.S. "Invincible," Royal Navy. Lost with his ship at the Battle of Jutland 31 May 1916. Aged 28. Born 4 February 1888 in Beer, Devon, baptised 8 April 1888 in Beer, Devon. Son of Robert and Sarah Abbott, of 4, Rose Cottage, Cemetery Lane, Beer, Devon. Albourer before enlisting. Enlisted 4 february 1906 for 12 years. Height 5 feet 7 inches. brown hair, blue eyes, fresh complexion. No known grave. Commemorated on PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Hampshire. Panel 12.
BARTLETT Anthony
Lance Corporal 391838, 9th (County of London) Battalion (Queen Victoria's Rifles), London Regiment. Killed in action 26 September 1917. Born 18 September 1896 in Beer, Devon, resident Kilburn, enlisted London. Son of William Bartlett. Admitted to Beer Church of England School 1899, left 11 January 1904. In the 1901 census he was aged 4, born Eaton, Devon, son of William and Sarah Bartlett, resident Drivers Court, Cemetery Lane, Beer, Axminster, Devon. In the 1911 census he was aged 14, born Seaton, Devon, son of William Robert and hannah Bartlett, resident 2 Clapps Lane, Beer, Devon. No known grave. Commemorated at TYNE COT MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 151.
CARSLAKE George
Private 20110, 1/5th Battalion, Prince of Wales's Own (West Yorkshire Regiment) formerly 13664, 12th Reserve Cavalry Regiment. Killed in action 15 July 1916. Born 12 November 1889 in Beer, Devon, enlisted Exeter. Admitted to Beer Church of England School in 1894, son of John Carslake, left 17 April 1896. Brother of William (below). In the 1911 census he was aged 21, born beer, Devon, a Farm Labourer, son of John and Annie Carslake, resident 4 Manor Cottages, Seaton, Devon. Buried in AUTHUILE MILITARY CEMETERY, AUTHUILLE, Somme, France. Row H. Grave 15.
CARSLAKE William
Private 241746, 1st/5th Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment. Killed in action 19 June 1917. Born Colaton, Devon, resident Crewkerne, Somerset, enlisted Hounslow. Middlesex. Brother of george (above). In the 1911 census he was aged 14, born beer, Devon, a Butcher's Assistant, son of John and Annie Carslake, resident 4 Manor Cottages, Seaton, Devon. No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 3 and 4.
CLARKE Walter George Woolley
Private 24827, 13th (Works) Battalion, Devonshire Regiment. Died on service in United Kingdom 20 February 1917. Aged 38. Born Beer, Devon, resident Salterton, Devon, enlisted Exeter. Son of George and Emily Clarke, of 2, Jubilie Cottage, Beer; husband of Emily Clarke, of "Barline," Budleigh Salterton (she is commemorated on his headstone having died 26 November 1953, aged 75). Buried in BUDLEIGH SALTERTON CHURCH CEMETERY, Devon. Grave 351.
FISHER Stephen Ambrose
Private 4823, 20th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers. Died 23 July 1916. Aged 24. Born Birthwaite Lodge, Windermere. Son of Ambrose Brewin Fisher (H.M. Inspector of Schools) and Emily Fisher, of The Cottage, Seaton, Devon. Buried in ST. SEVER CEMETERY, ROUEN, Seine-Maritime, France. Block A. Plot 17. Grave 39.
FRANKLIN Norman George
Seaman 4269B, H.M.S. "Defence," Royal Naval Reserve. Lost with his ship at the Battle of Jutland 31 May 1916. Aged 27. Born 4 July 1886 in Beer, Devon. Son of George Franklin and Susan (nee Wilkins), his wife, of near the Church, Beer, Devon. No known grave. Commemorated on PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Devon. Panel 18.
GUSH,M M and Bar Archibald Walter
Second Corporal 66338, 23rd Divisional Signal Company, Royal Engineers. Died 17 November 1918. Aged 25. Awarded the Military Medal (M.M.) and Bar. Son of Walter James Wells and Elizabeth Frances Gush, of Marine Cottage, Beer, Devon. Buried in TEZZE BRITISH CEMETERY, Italy. Plot 5. Row B. Grave 7.
GUSH Charlie Cleaver
Private 36424, Royal Army Medical Corps. Died 11 December 1918. Aged 27. Born at Beer, Devon. Son of Walter James Wills Gush and Elizabeth Frances Gush. Buried in DAR ES SALAAM (UPANGA ROAD) CEMETERY, Tanzania. Plot VIII. Row C. Grave 2.
HARNER William John
Petty Officer Stoker 308347, H.M.S. "Falmouth," Royal Navy. Died of wounds 20 August 1916 sustained when his ship was torpedoed 19 August 1916. Aged 31. Born 12 July 1886 in Beer, Devon. Son of George Harner, of Beer, Devon; husband of Bessie Harner, of West Street, Colyton, Devon. No known grave. Commemorated on PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Devon. Panel 14.
HAWKER Arthur
Private 36156, 11th Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment formerly 21709, Devonshire Regiment. Killed in action 22 March 1918. Aged 29. Born Axmouth, Devon, resiodent Beer, Devon, enlisted Axminster, Devon. Son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Hawker, of Church Cottage, Beer, Devon; husband of Julia Olive Hawker, of 4, Parson's Lane, Branscombe, Devon. No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 5.
HOOKINGS William Reginald
[Listed as R HOOKINGS on CWGC and Reginald HOOKINGS on SDGW] Private 67987, 114th Company, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry) formerly 37276, South Wales Borderers. Died of wounds 31 August 1917. Aged 24. Born Beer, Devon, enlisted Barry, Glamorganshire. Son of Jack and Eliza Hookings, of 3, Fore St., Beer, Devon; husband of Caroline Elizabeth Bubbins (formerly Hookings), of 51, Vale St., Barry, Glamorganshire. Buried in BARD COTTAGE CEMETERY, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot IV. Row F. Grave 11.
LUMBARD Frank
Private 3005, 2nd/4th Battalion (Territorials), Devonshire Regiment. Died on service in Mesopotamia 10 August 1916. Born Crewkerne, Somerset, resident South Petherton, Somerset, enlisted Beer, Devon. Son of William Lumbard, of Bridge Cottage, South Petherton, Somerset. Buried in BAGHDAD (NORTH GATE) WAR CEMETERY, Iraq. Plot XXI. Row S. Grave 36.
MILLER Edward
Farrier Sergeant 31513, 9th Mountain Battery, R.G.A., Royal Field Artillery. Died from the effects of Pulminary Tuberculosis 6 November 1917. Born 24 December 1883 in Beer, Devon. Son of William Miller, of 7 Lower castle Street, Bristol. Enlisted 27 November 1903 at Bristol, aged 19 years 11 months, Regular Soldier, re-enlisted 3 August 1911 to compelte 12 years service, re-engaged 7 January 1916 to complete 21 years service, discharged due to the effects of Pulminary Tuberculosis under King's Regulation Para 392 (xvi) 8 September 1917, issued Silver War badge 11 September 1917 235870, aged 33 years 9 months, height 5 feet 6 inches, chest 38½ inches, weight 150lbs, fair complexion, blue eyes, brown hair, shoeing smith by trade, intended place of residence 26 Beer Street, West Henford, Teovil, Somerset, unmarried. Served in South Africa 20 October 1909 to 11 December 1911, in India 12 December 1911 to 22 July 1917. Buried in BEER CHURCH CEMETERY, Devon. In new (West) part.
MILLER Leonard Thomas
[Listed as Thomas Leonard MILLER on CWGC] Private 23939, 9th (Service) Battalion, Devonshire Regiment. Killed in action 11 March 1917. Aged 29. Born and resident Beer, Devon, enlisted Axminster, Devon. Son of Henry Thomas and Flora Miller; husband of Elsie May Miller, of 5, West View, Beer, South Devon. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 1 C.
MUTTER Leonard Sidney
[Listed as Sidney Leonard MUTTER on CWGC and SDGW] Driver 43243, 29th Division Ammunition Column, Royal Field Artillery. Died at sea 23 October 1915. Aged 26. Born Beer, Devon, enlisted Taunton.Son of John and Amanda Mutter; husband of Lily Ethel Mutter, of Oaken Cross, Marnhull, Dorset. No known grave. Commemorated on MIKRA MEMORIAL, Greece.
MUTTER William John
Stoker 1st Class 162473, H.M.S. "Defence," Royal Navy. Lost with his ship at the Battle of Jutland 31 May 1916. Aged 43. Born 4 April 1876 in Beer, Devon. Son of the late William and Elizabeth Mutter, of Beer, Seaton, Devonshire; brother of Mrs Mary Harris, of 4 Bay Cottages, Landpark, Sidmouth. No known grave. Commemorated on PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Devon. Panel 16.
ORLEY William Robert
Able Seaman 188973, H.M.S. "Defence," Royal Navy. Lost with his ship at the Battle of Jutland 31 May 1916. Aged 37. Born 15 february 1881 in Beer, Devon. Son of Samuel and Christiania Orley, of Beer; husband of Rose Ellen Orley, of Fore Street, Beer, Devon. No known grave. Commemorated on PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Devon. Panel 12.
PERRY Herber Edward Perry
Sapper 145627, 203rd Field Company, Royal Engineers. Died 29 January 1918. Aged 32. Son of James and Elizabeth Perry, of Beer, Devon; husband of Alice Perry, of 45, Ladysmith Rd., Exeter, Devon. Buried in OUTTERSTEENE COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, BAILLEUL, Nord, France. Plot II. Row D. Grave 49.
POTTER James
Private 202279, 1st/7th Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment. Died of wounds in United Kingdom 22 May 1917. Resident and enlisted Axminster, Devon. Buried in BEER CHURCH CEMETERY, Devon. West of Chapel.
RALPH Harold
No further information currently
RODGERS Leonard Walter Charles
Private 29579, 1st/5th Battalion, Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry formerly 8/1703, Training Reserve Battalion. Killed in action 17 April 1918. Aged 19. Born Beer, Devon, enlisted Axminster, Devon. Son of Letitia Albenia Rodgers, of 2, Quarry Cottage, Beer, Devon, and the late William John Rodgers. No known grave. Commemorated on LOOS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 68.
WESTLAKE Herbert Edmund
Private 26706, "B" Company, 8th (Service) Battalion, Devonshire Regiment. Killed in action 4 October 1917. Aged 37. Born Beer, Devon, resident Brixham, Devon, enlisted Newton Abbot. Son of John and Louise Westlake, of Myrtle Cottage, Beer; husband of Charlotte Westlake, of Spring Gardens, Beer, Devon. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 38 to 40.
WESTLAKE Richard Herman
Mess Room Steward, S.S. "Daleby" (West Hartlepool), Mercantile Marine. Died 29 April 1917. Aged 17. Son of Rosina Westlake, of Lamoma House, Beer, Devon, and the late William John Westlake. No known grave. Commemorated on TOWER HILL MEMORIAL, London.
WOODGATE John Henry
Private G/23616, 7th Battalion, Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment) formerly 32627, Duke of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex Regiment). Killed in action 12 October 1917. Born Beer, Devon, resident Kensal Rise, Middlesex, enlisted Mill Hill, Middlesex. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 106 to 108.
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AYRES William
No further information currently
BUTCHERS Dennis William
Third Radio Officer, S.S. Newbury (London), Merchant Navy. Died 15 September 1941. Aged 19. Son of Alfred William and Winifred Carr Butchers, of Beer, Devon. No known grave. Commemorated on TOWER HILL MEMORIAL, London. Panel 72.
CAWLEY Lester Thomas
Able Seaman D/JX 213705, H.M.S. "Kite," Royal Navy. Died 21 August 1944. Aged 24. Son of Thomas George and Nellie Cawley, of Beer, Devon. No known grave. Commemorated on PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Devon. Panel 86, Column 1.
CHAPPLE David
Petty Officer LT/JX 177038, H.M. Trawler "Birdlip," Royal Naval Patrol Service. Died 13 June 1944. Aged 24. Son of William Henry and Julia Fanny Chapple, of Beer, Devon. No known grave. Commemorated on LOWESTOFT NAVAL MEMORIAL, Suffolk. Panel 13, Column 3.
CHAPPLE Norman [James]
Chief Steward,S.S. Swiftpool (West Hartlepool), Merchant Navy. Died 5 August 1941. Aged 40. Son of Robert James Chapple and Elizabeth Chapple; husband of Dorothea Helen Chapple, of Beer, Devon. No known grave. Commemorated on TOWER HILL MEMORIAL, London. Panel 105.
DRIVER [Steven] Anthony [William]
Supply Assistant D/MX 61150, H.M.S. "Gloucester," Royal Navy. Died 23 May 1941. Son of Mrs. C. Driver, of Beer, Devon. No known grave. Commemorated on PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Devon. Panel 55, Column 1.
HITCHCOCK George
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MACKEIG - JONES William
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MEDLYCOTT Winifred Mary
[Transcribed as MEDLYCOT] Resident Wyndcliffe, Beer in the Electoral Register 1930 and 1931. Married 1939 in Watford Registration District, Hertfordshire, 1939, married Mr. Holder.
MOULDING Arthur [Samuel]

Stoker 1st Class D/KX 135303, S.S. Khedive Ismail (steamship), H.M.S. "Lanka," Royal Navy. Died 12 February 1944. No known grave. Commemorated on PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Devon. Panel 90, Column 1.

Note: H.M.S. Lanka was a shiore based establishment sited on Flagstaff Street in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Various shipping was seconded and run under the guise of the establishment such as S.S. Khedive Ismail.

WHITE Lawrence Arthur
Sergeant 5243547, Worcestershire Regiment attached Nigeria Regiment, R.W.A.F.F. Died on service in Nigeria 11 June 1941. Aged 43. Born and resident Devonshire. Born 30 November 1896, baptised at Branscombe, 31 January 1897, son of John and Rosetta White. Buried in ENUGU TOWNSHIP CEMETERY, Nigeria. European Section Grave 23.
WILKINS Victor [Alfred Jarvis]

Leading Seaman D/J30171, H.M.S. "Defiance," Royal Navy. Died 26 January 1943. Son of Alfred and Harriet Wilkins; husband of Mary Hannah Collier Wilkins, of Beer. Buried in BEER CHURCH CEMETERY, Devon. Row 9. N.W. of chapel, Grave 9.

H.M.S. Defiance was a training establishment at Devonport.

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