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Culmstock memorial is located in the village centre, on Town Hill, near
the church. It takes the form of a square base surmounted by a plinth
and an obelisk; then whole stands on a concreted area and is enclosed
by a low post and chain link fence; there is a wreath at the base of
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MONUMENT WAS ERECTED TO THE
GLORY OF GOD AND IN SACRED MEMORY
OF THE FOLLOWING GALLANT MEN OF THIS
PARISH WHO LAID DOWN THEIR LIVES FOR
THEIR COUNTRY’S FREEDOM IN THE
GREAT WAR OF 1914 - 1918
3rd Battalion attached to 1st Battalion, Devonshire Regiment.
Killed in action 20 October 1914. Born 1882. Aged 32. Son of the
late Col. Chichester, of Kerswell House, Broad Clyst near Exeter.
No known grave. Commemorated at LE TOURET MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais,
France. Panel 8 and 9.
from Bond of Sacrifice: Officers Died in the Great War 1914-1916,
Volume 1, page 128:
HENRY ARTHUR CHICHESTER, 3rd BATTN. DEVONSHIRE REGIMENT (SPECIAL
RESERVE), was born on the 17th August, 1882, at Stowford
House, Swimbridge, North Devon, son of the late Colonel Chichester,
of Kerswell House, Broad Clyst, near Exeter, and of Stowford House,
North Devon, and Mrs. Chichester, of Woodhayne, Culmstock, Devon.
He was a first cousin of Brigadier-General A. A. Chichester, now
serving in the war.
Captain Chichester was educated at Crewkerne Grammar School, and
joined the Exeter Volunteers in 1900 ; the following year he joined
the Militia, serving for twelve months in Jersey, and then proceeded
to South Africa with the 3rd Battalion East Yorkshire Regiment,
to take part in the Boer War, for which he received the medal.
He afterwards joined the Special Reserve and was called up for
duty on the outbreak of the war with Germany, on the 7th August,
1914, and was killed in action at Canteleux, near La Bassée.
on the 20th October, 1914.
from De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour 1914-1918, Volume 2,
HENRY ARTHUR, Capt., 3rd Battn. The Devonshire Regt.,
s. of the late Col. Chichester, of Kerswell House, Broad
Clyst, near Exeter ; b. Stowford House, Swimbridge, North
Devon, 17 Aug. 1882 ; educ. Crewkerne Grammar School ; Joined
the Exeter Volunteers in 1900, passing into the Militia the following
year ; served in the South African War with the 3rd East Yorkshire
Regt. ; took part in the operations in Orange River Colony April
to May, 1902, and those in Cape Colony May, 1902 (Queen's Medal
with two clasps) ; subsequently joined the Special Reserve, Devonshire
Regt. ; was called up on the outbreak of the European War ; served
with the Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders, and was killed
in action at Canteleux, near La Bassée, 20 Oct. 1914.
10854, "B" Company, 8th (Service) Battalion, Devonshire
Regiment. Killed in action 25 September 1915. Aged 19. Born Wellington,
Somerset, enlisted Exeter. Son of Thomas and Caroline Coles, of
Bowhayes, Culmstock, Cullompton, Devon. No known grave. Commemorated
on LOOS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 35 to 37.
Warwickshire Regiment - No further information currently available
19931 [CWGC] or 19031 [SDGW], 9th (Service) Battalion, Devonshire
Regiment. Killed in action 1 July 1916. Aged 24. Born Willand, Devon,
resident Wellington, Somerset, enlisted Culmstock, Devon. Son of
William and Ellen Dunn, of White Ball, Wellington, Somerset. Buried
in DEVONSHIRE CEMETERY, MAMETZ, Somme, France. Row A. Grave 2.
Regiment - No further information currently available
13496, 103rd Company, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry). Died of wounds
4 June 1917. Aged 24. Born Culmstock, Devon, resident Rockwell Green,
Somerset, enlisted Tiverton. Son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Hake, of Downgreen,
Nicholashayne, Wellington; husband of Annie May Hake, of 3, Lower
Foxmoor, Rockwell Green, Wellington, Somerset; brother of William
hake (below). Formerly 20755, Devonshire Regiment. Buried in POINT-DU-JOUR
MILITARY CEMETERY, ATHIES, Pas de Calais, France. Plot I. Row D.
13495, 103rd Company, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry). Died of wounds
1 July 1916. Born Culmstock, Devon, resident Wellington, Somerset,
enlisted Tiverton. Son of Joseph and Mary Jane Hake, of Downs Green
Cottage, Nicholashayne, Wellington, Somerset; brother of Walter
Joseph Hake (above). Formerly 20750, Devonshire Regiment. No known
grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and
Face 5 C and 12 C.
7230, 1st Battalion, Prince Albert's (Somerset Light Infantry).
Died of wounds 1 December 1914. Aged 30. Born Culmstock, Devon,
resident Wellington, Somerset, enlisted Taunton. Son of John and
Anna Maria Hooper, of Culmstock, Devon. Buried in BAILLEUL COMMUNAL
CEMETERY, NORD, Nord, France. Row A. Grave 13.
8652, 1st Battalion, South Wales Borderers. Died of wounds 19 October
1918. Aged 34. Born Culmstock, Cullompton, Devon, enlisted Brecon.
Son of Samuel and Jessie Milton, of Culmstock, Cullumpton, Devon;
husband of Annie May Milton, of 9, Talbot St., Aberavon. Awarded
the Distinguished Conduct Medal (D.C.M.) and the Military Medal
(M.M.). Attested 3 January 1905 at Newport, Monmouthshire, as 8562,
3rd Battalion, South Wales Borderers, unmarried on enlistment, aged
19 years 8 months, height 5 feet 53/8 inches,
weight 130lbs, chest 36½ inches, sallow complexion, brown
eyes, dark brown hair, religious denomination Church of England;
Discharged and joined the Regular Army 24 January 1905. Buried in
VAUX-ANDIGNY BRITISH CEMETERY, Aisne, France. Row C. Grave 9.
as MUTTERS on SDGW & CWGC] Private 26059, 10th (Service) Battalion,
Devonshire Regiment. Killed in action 24 April 1917 in Salonika.
Aged 38. Born and resident Culmstock, Devon, enlisted Tiverton,
Devon. Son of Robert Mutters; husband of Mrs. C. Lang (formerly
Mutters), of 23, Mantle St., Wellington, Somerset. No known grave.
Commemorated at DOIRAN MEMORIAL, Greece.
Lieutenant, 13th Battalion, York and Lancaster Regiment. Died 27
June 1918. Aged 33. Son of James and Mary Purkess, of Hill Moor,
Culmstock, Devon. Born at New Malden, Surrey. Joined the 10th Lincolnshire
Regt., 17th Sept., 1914. Wounded in the battle of the Somme 1st
July, 1916. Buried in CINQ RUES BRITISH CEMETERY, HAZEBROUCK, Nord,
France. Row E. Grave 22.
266013, 2nd Battalion, Duke of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex Regiment).
Killed in action 27 August 1918. Aged 27. Redident Hillmoor, Middlesex,
enlisted Willesden, Middlesex. Son of the late James Purkess, of
Cirencester, Glos., and of Mary Purkess, now of Culmstock, Devon.
Enlisted April, 1915. Born at Surbiton, Surrey. Buried in THELUS
MILITARY CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot V. Row B. Grave 9.
8601, 2nd Battalion, Devonshire Regiment. Killed in action 27 Noevmber
1914. Born Tiverton, Devon, resident Wellington, Somerset, enlisted
Exeter. Son of William and Selina Quick, of Nicholashayne, Culmstock,
Devon. Born Culmstock, Devon. Originally attested 3 December 1907
at Cullompton, aged 19, as Private 5048, 4th Battalion, Devonshire
Regiment, General Labourer by trade, unmarried, height 5 feet 6¾
inches, weight 125 lbs, chest 35 inches, fresh complexion, light
brown eyes, brown hair, religious denomination Church of England,
became regular Devonshire Regiment 16 January 1908. Buried in AUBERS
RIDGE BRITISH CEMETERY, AUBERS, Nord, France. Plot VII. Row A. Grave
100284, 49th Battalion, Canadian Infantry. Killed in action during
an attack on Courcelette 15 September 1916. Born 18 July 1891 in
Culmstock, Devon. Son of Charles Salter. Farmer by trade. Attested
2 July 1915 at Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, aged 23 years, height
5 feet 3 inches, chest 36 inches, freckled complexion, medium brown
eyes, light brown hair, religious denomination Church of England.
No known grave. Commemorated on VIMY MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France.
National Archives of Canada Accession Reference: Canadian
Expeditionary Force (CEF), RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 8619
51133, 17th Battalion, Manchester Regiment. Died of wounds 26 April
1918. Aged 24. Born and enlisted Culmstock, Devon. Son of Thomas
and Eva Joan Salter, of Wesley Row, Culmstock, Devon. Formerly S4/125392,
Royal Army Service Corps. Buried in HARINGHE (BANDAGHEM) MILITARY
CEMETERY, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot V. Row A. Grave 23.
Charlotte of Wales's (Royal Berkshire Regiment) - No further information
as SHEPHARD on CWGC] Private 15940, 2nd Battalion, Dorsetshire Regiment.
Died on service in Mesopotamia 17 June 1916. Aged 26. Born Hockworthy,
Wellington, Somerset, resident Moddowen, Culmstock, Devon, enlisted
Exeter, Devon. Son of William Shephard, of South Farm Cottage, Burliscombe,
Wellington, Somerset. Formerly 10842, Devonshire Regiment. No known
grave. Commemorated on BASRA MEMORIAL, Iraq. Panel 22 and 63.
26193, 7th Battalion, Prince Albert's (Somerset Light Infantry).
Died on service in United Kingdom 24 or 25 December 1916. Born and
resident Culmstock, Devon, enlisted Exeter. Formerly 148660, Royal
Field Artillery. Buried in GRANGEGORMAN MILITARY CEMETERY, County
Dublin, Republic of Ireland. Grave reference CE. 634.
listed on CWGC or SDGW] Private 15023, 3rd Battalion, Devonshire
Regiment. Admitted to hospital 18 October 1916 with Tubercular
Peritonitis, died 15 February 1917 at Ivybank, St. David's Hill,
Exeter. Born Clayhidon, Devon. Son of Charles and Jessie Mary
Venn, of Culliford Farm, Uffculme, Devon. Baptiised 23 April 1899
in Upottery, son of Charles and Jessie Mary Venn. In the 1901
census he was aged 2, born Clayhidon, Devon, son of Charles and
Jessie Mary Venn, resident Mays Farm, Clayhidon, Wellington, Devon.
In the 1911 census he was aged 12, born Clayhidon, Devon, at school,
son of Charles and Jessie Venn, resident Clayhidon, Devon. Attested
22 December 1914 in Tiverton, Devon, aged 19 years 9 months (he
lied about his age, actually 17), Labourer by trade, single, height
5 feet 5½ inches, chest 35-37 inches, fair complexion,
grey eyes, light brown hair, religious denomination Church of
England. Served at home 22 December 1914 to 26 April 1915, in
France 27 April 1915 to 9 March 1916, then at home 10 March 1916
to 19 October 1916. Transferred by H.S. St. Patrick to England
and admitted to Netley Hospital with eneteric fever 10 March 1916
after testing positive at No. 10 General Hospital, Rouen, transferred
to second hospital 12 April 1916, 14 Paril 1916 all tests were
negative for Typhoid, Paratyphoid and Dysentery Organisms. Posted
3rd Battalion 2 June 1916. Discharged from military 19 October
1916 under King’s
Regulations, paragraph 392 (xvi), no longer physically fit
for service. Buried in PRESCOTT CHAPEL CHURCHAYRD, UFFCULME, Devon.
from England & Wales Government Probate Death Index 1917:
Charles Henry of CuMord Farm Culmstock Devonshire
army pensioner died 15 February 1917 at Ivy Bank St. David's Hill
Exeter Administration Exeter 25 May to Charles
Venn farmer. Effects £112.
from Western Times - Friday 23 February 1917, page 5:
Funeral Near Uffculme
At Prescott Chapel, near Uffculme, Wednesday, the funeral took
place of Pte. C. H. Venn, 3rd Devons, eldest son Mr. and Mrs.
C. Venn, Culliford Farm. The body was conveyed in a glass hearse
by road from Exeter (where deceased died, after having served
some seven months in France), and there was an escort of eight
men, under Sergt. Parsons. The coffin was covered with the Union
Jack and floral tributes, and was borne to the grave by four soldiers.
Miss Thomas, who presided at the organ, rendered the Dead March
from “Saul” and other appropriate music. The principal
mourners were:—Mr. and Mrs. C. Venn (father and mother),
Mr. W. J. Venn, Mrs. Holloway, Mr. I. Irish, Miss Churchill, Mr.
J. Banks, Mrs. W. J. Venn, and Mr. Watts (uncles and aunts), Messrs.
Organ, J. Manley, G. and F. Middleton (employees the farm). Others
present were: Messrs. Beadon and Thomas (Culmstock), Mrs. Kerslake,
Mrs. Westcott, Mrs. Coombes, Mrs. Viney, Mrs. F. Salter, Mrs.
Bending. Miss Greenslade, Mrs. Alsopp, Miss Reed, Mrs. Fisher,
Mr and Mrs. Hurford, Messrs. A. Wide. E. Wide (Hemyock), and Ayres.
Mrs. Bale, Mrs. Heard. Mrs. Fathers, Mrs. Saunders (Spicelands).
Messrs W. Long and A. Ware, Miss Lake, Mr. and Mrs Squire, Mrs.
Warren (Uffculme), Messrs. Lock (sexton) Middleton, Mrs. W. Staddon.
Mrs. Tooze, Mrs. Fisher, and P.C. Jarman (Culmstock), Mrs. Organ.
and Miss Gladys Salter. The service was conducted by Revs. T.
Brain (Hemyock), J. Warren (Uffculme) and F. T. Passmore (Upottery).
The bearers (farmers) were: Messrs. C. Haydon. C. H. Wills, F.
Gush, and F. E. Squire. The coffin of polished English oak, with
brass fittings, bore on a breastplate, the inscription:—
“Harry Venn, died February 15th. 1917. aged 18 years."
from The Western Times, Friday, February 23, 1917:
the Prescott (Baptist) burial ground near Culmstock, on Wednesday,
the funeral took place, with military honours, of Henry venn,
eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. C. Venn, of Culliford Farm, in that
parish. There was a very large attendance. Henry Venn was a true
patriot , he having enlisted in the 3rd Devons when only 15 years
9 months old, and was serving with the 1st Devons in the trenches
when 16 years 1 month old. He would have been 18 next month had
he lived. Unfortunately consumption developed, and he was invalided
out of the Army a few months ago. He met death, as he had met
the enemy, absolutely without fear. The deepest sympathy is felt
in the whole district with the parents, who just after Christmas
suffered a ad bereavement by the death of their youngest son,
Reginald, as the result of a shooting accident. He was out rabbiting,
and his little sister picked up the gun to carry it, when it exploded
and the chrge entered the lad's back.
10860, 8th (Service) Battalion, Devonshire Regiment. Killed in action
16 July 1917. Aged 23. Born and resident Wellington, Somerset, enlisted
Exeter. Son of Emma Way, of Hillmoor, Culmstock, Cullompton, Devon,
and the late Francis Thomas Way. Buried in H.A.C. CEMETERY, ECOUST-ST.
MEIN, Pas de Calais, France. Plot II. Row A. Grave 10.
18257, 20th Company, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry). Died on service
15 July 1916. Born Culmstock, Devon, resident Wellington, enlisted
exeter. Formerly 10846, Devonshire Regiment. No kinown grave. Commemorated
on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 5 C and 12 C.
PO/2093 (S), 1st Royal Marines Battalion, Royal Naval Division,
Royal Marine Light Infantry. Killed or died as a direct result of
enemy action 22 August 1918. Born 23 February 1893. Son of Mrs.
Mary Webb, of Tuckers Farm, Culmstock, Cullompton. No known grave.
Commemorated on VIS-EN-ARTOIS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel
Warwickshire Regiment - No further information currently available
HONOURED MEMORY OF THOSE
WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE WAR OF
5620445, 7/4 Maritime Regiment, Royal Artillery. Died 19 February
1942. Aged 18. Foster-son of Ely and Emily Waygood. No known grave.
Commemorated on PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Devon. Panel 77, Column
H.M.S. "Marigold", Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. Died
11 December 1942. Son of Sydney Francis and Ruby Huth, of Culmstock,
Devon. Buried in DELY IBRAHIM WAR CEMETERY, Algeria. Plot 3. Row
J. Grave 16.
269304, 50th Royal Tank Regiment, Royal Armoured Corps. Died 1 August
1943. Aged 28. Son of Sydney Francis Huth, M.R.C.S., and Ruby Huth,
of Culmstock, Devon. B.A. (Cantab.): Clare College. Awarded the
Military Medal (M.M.). No known grave. Commemorated on CASSINO MEMORIAL,
Italy. Panel 1.
1st Class D/KX 99148, H.M.S. "Avonvale", Royal Navy. Died
29 January 1943. Aged 24. Son of Albert and Elizabeth Pike, of Culmstock,
Devon. No known grave. Commemorated on PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL,
Devon. Panel 82, Column 2.
Sergeant (Wireless Operator (Air) - Warrant Officer) 1229466, Royal
Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 29 April 1945. Aged 24. Son of
James and Laura Whitcombe, of Culmstock. Buried in CULMSTOCK CEMETERY,
Devon. Row J. 21B. Grave 92.
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