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KINGSTEIGNTON - WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 - Detailed information
Compiled and copyright © Richard Harris 2005

The memorial is located in the churchyard annexe at Sandpath Road Kingsteignton and was unveiled on 24th May 1921 (Empire Day). It was designed in the form of a Maltese Cross by Canon Mills of Truro and carved from Dartmoor granite. The cross measures some 104 ins high (its base is 16 ins wide x 10 ins deep) and stands on a granite base measuring 48 ins wide x 30 ins deep x 36 ins high. The base is set on a granite plinth measuring 72 ins wide x 54 ins deep x 10 ins high.

Fifty six names of those who had fallen in the conflict were originally inscribed on the slate memorial tablet (42.5 ins x 30.5 ins), two more being added at a later date to make a total of fifty eight. The carved names were originally illuminated with white paint but this was removed in 1928. Now the lettering is painted black.

The memorial was paid for by money raised by public subscription and handed over to the custody of the Vicar and Churchwardens, a fund being set up for its upkeep under the trusteeship of the British Legion.

Two more slate panels, measuring 24 ins x 30.5 ins , were added to record the thirty nine names of those who perished from Kingsteignton in World War II.

From an old postcard - Unveiling 1921

The inscription, in upper case Roman script, reads:-

TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND
IN HONOURED MEMORY OF THE MEN OF
THIS PARISH WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE
GREAT WAR 1914-1919
“THEY DIED THAT WE MAY LIVE”

1914-1919

ALMOND

George Henry

Aged 47. Corporal Royal Army Service Corps 1102nd H T Coy. Died 01/09/1919 during Archangel Expedition (buried Ust-Vaga Burial Ground Archangel Allied Cemetery Ref Sp. Mem. B3.). Service No TR/51966. Son of the late Thomas Almond; husband of Elizabeth Almond, of 2, Berry Cottages, Kingsteignton, Devon. Served in the South African Campaign.

BARTLETT

Frederick Richard

Aged 22. Stoker 1st Class Royal Navy Service No K/14896. HMS Indefatigable. Died 31.05.1916 at Battle of Jutland. Son of Thomas and Mary Bartlett of 17 York Terrace Kingsteignton. Plymouth Naval War Memorial ref 15.

BOVEY

Frank Lewis

Aged 24. Private Army Veterinary Corps 31st Vet Hospital. Service No SE/23329. Son of William and Selina Bovey, Kingsteignton. Buried at Deir El Balah War Cemetery Ref B.167.

BRAY

James

Aged 25. Private 2nd Battn Devonshire Regiment Service No 8883. Died 07/02/1915. Son of James and agnmes Bray of 2 Woolaton Terrace, Kingsteignton. Le Touret Memorial Panel 8 and 9.

BURT

Frank

Sergeant Canadian Infantry (13th Battn Quebec Regiment) Service No 46965. Husband of Mary Jane Burt, 2 Victoria Terrace, Kingsteignton. Vimy Memorial

COCKERHAM

F

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COOK

A

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COOK

Henry James

Aged 26 Second Lieutenant in 8th Battn King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry. Died from wounds on 06/10/1915. Son of William James and Eliza Cook, of Blindwell Farm Kingsteignton. Buried at Etaples War Cemetery ref I. A. 9

CORNALL

Harold William

Aged 26. Bombardier A Battery 90th Brigade Royal Field Artillery. Service No 1364. Died 20/08/1916. Husband of Hilda Kate Cornall. Memorial in Kingsteignton Churchyard.

COURTIER

Frederick Thomas

Aged 23 Driver of the 16th Battery, the Canadian Field Artillery. Husband of Edith O Courtier of Fore St. Kingsteignton. Died 04/09/1918 . He was a Canadian citizen.

DENNIS

Frederick George

Aged 28. Able Seaman on a 3 year loan from the Royal Navy to the Royal Australian Navy. Husband of Florence Dennis of Fore Street, Kingsteignton. Died 14/09/1914. He was an British citizen. Born Newton Abbot, enlisted Devonport. Born 11th February 1885;.

DIAMOND

George John

Aged 35. Stoker 1st Class of the Royal Navy, Service No 291542 Son of George and Catherine Diamond of Ideford and husband of May Diamond of Sand Path Road, Kingsteignton. Died 13 /05/1915 aboard HMS Goliath in The Dardanelles. Plymouth Naval Memorial

DOBBS

William James

Aged 18. Driver of the 13th Brigade, the Royal Field Artillery Serial No 94542 Died 22/05/1916 . Amara War Cemetery.

ELLIS

W E

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FARLEIGH

J H

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FORD

E G

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HARDING

L

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HEYWARD

Thomas Alfred

Aged 36. Petty Officer Stoker Royal Navy Service Ni 292724. HMS S/M E30. Son of John and Bessie Heyward of Greenhill Lodge, Kingsteignton and husband of Lucy Heyward of Laira, Plymouth. Died 22/11/1916.

HOLLAND

Leonard Newton

Aged 21. Able Seaman Royal Navy, HMS Indefatigable. Service No J/10836. Son of James and Mary Holland of "Woodside" Church Street Kingsteignton. Died 31/05/1916 at Battle of Jutland. Plymouth Naval Memorial ref 12.

HOWARD

Thomas Henry

Aged 22. Gunner of the 312th Brigade, the Royal Field Artillery. Srevice No 786326. Son of Thomas and Sarah Jane Howard of 13 Woolaton Terrace. Died 9 March 1917. Queens Cemetery, Bucquoy.

JONES

Evelyn Llewellyn Hustler

Aged 43. Second Lieutenant of the 12 Battalion, attached to the 1st/5th battalion of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Son of the Rev. Owen Jones and Mrs. Jones. Died 26/03/1917. A Barrister at Law. Educated at Newton Abbot College, and Trinity College, Oxford. Jerusalem Memorial.

JORDAN

Frederick John Charles

Aged 23. Stoker 1st Class of the Royal Navy, HMS Warrior. Service No K/22983. Son of William and Margaret Jordan of Higher Sandygate, Kingsteignton. Died 31/05/1916 at Battle of Jutland. Plymouth Naval Memorial ref 16.

KNAPMAN

George Frederick

Aged 32. Private 2nd Battalion, the Devonshire Regiment. Srvice No 3/6520. Son of William and Mary Ann Knapman. Died 18/ 12/1914. Le Touret Memorial

LANG

Thomas

Aged 33. Gunner 63rd Brigade, the Royal Field Artillery. Service No 651665. Son of Thomas and Martha Lang of Oak Dene, Kingsteignton. Died 24/10/1918. Arras Road Cemetery Roclincourt

LANG

William Henry

Leading Seaman Royal Navy, HMS Watchman. Died 10/07/1919. Service No 220690. Copenhagen Western Cemetery.

LETHBRIDGE

Arthur Henry

Aged 26. Lance Corporal 1st Battalion, the Devonshire Regiment. Service No 8926. Son of John and Emma Lethbridge of Kingsteignton.. Died 21/07/1916 . Quarry Cemetery Montauban.

MANDER

F R R

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MASON

Alfred

Aged 32. Private 3rd/7th Battalion, the Worcestershire Regiment. Son of William and Selina Mason of 4 Woolaton Terrace, Kingsteignton. Died 28/11/1916.

MILLER

Frederick Charles

Private 2nd Battalion, the Devonshire Regiment. Died 31/07/1917.

MORTIMORE

John

Aged 21. Private 1st Battalion, the Coldstream Guards. Son of William and Ellen Mortimore. Died 22/12/1914.

MURRIN (1)

Frederick Charles

Aged 19. Gunner 92nd brigade, the Royal Field Artillery. Son of Charles and Rebecca Murrin of 8 Fore Street, Kingsteignton. Died 7/10/1916.

MURRIN (2)

Frederick Charles

Aged 36. Private 9th Battalion, the Devonshire Regiment. Son of Charles and Elizabeth Murrin of Myrtle Cottage, Kingsteignton. Died 06/05/1917.

NEWLAND

F W

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NEWLAND

George

Aged 41. Chief Petty Officer Stoker Royal Navy, HMS Lion. Service No 171786. Son of John and Martha Newland and husband of Mary Ann Newland of 4, Blindwell Terrace, Vicarage Hill, Kingsteignton. Died 31 May 1916 at Battle of Jutland. Plymouth Naval Memorial ref 14.

NEWTON

John F

Aged 23. Trooper 1st Regiment of Australian Horse. Son of John and Agnes Newton of Clapperland Lodge, Ugbrooke. Died 09/10/1915.

OSBORNE

L J

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PARTRIDGE

Frederick George

Rifleman. Aged 26. 10th Battalion, the King's Royal Rifle Corps. Service No R/17038. Son of George and Ann Partridge of Kingsteignton. Died 12/09/1916. Buried in the churchyard of St. Michael's Kingsteignton

PARTRIDGE

Harold George

Aged 28. Private 72nd Battalion, the Canadian Infantry. Son of Henry and Mary Ann Partridge of 3, Clifford Street, Kingsteignton. Died 01/03/1917. Canadian citizen.

PIKE

Thomas

Aged 43. Chief Petty Officer (Pensioner) Royal Navy, HMS Laurentic. Husband of Agatha Pike of 4 Yeoman Terrace, Gestridge Rd, Kingsteignton. Died 25 January 1917 aged 43. Served in the South African War and held Long Service and Good Conduct Medals.

PURCHASE

Ernest John Charles

Aged 19. Able Seaman Royal Navy, HMS Vanguard. Service No J/31910. Son of Ernest and Caroline Purchase of 7 Clifford Street, Kingsteignton. Died 09/07/1917. Plymouth Naval Memorial ref 21.

ROLSTONE

William

Aged 44. Private 2nd Battalion, the Devonshire Regiment. Son of Samuel and Mary Rolston of Keyham, Devonport. Died 01/01/1915 .

SCOTT

Frank

Aged 21 Second Lt 5th Battn The King’s (Liverpool Regt). Son of Mr & Mrs Jack Scott of Canal House, Kingsteignton. Died 08/10/1918. Delsaux Farm Cemetery, Beughny.

SCOTT

Laurence Arthur

Aged 30. Private. The Royal Berkshire Regiment Labour Corps. Service No 29467. Son of George and Louisa Scott of Kingsteignton and husband of Elizabeth Scott of 11 Fairfield, Kingsteignton. Died 31/03/1919 aged 30. Buried in St. Michael's Churchyard, Kingsteignton

SELLEY

George Henry

Aged 19. Private 1st Battalion, the Devonshire Regiment. Service No 203486. Son of George and Mary Selley of Chudleigh Road, Kingsteignton. Died 04/10/1917. Tyne Cot Memorial. Panel 38-40.

SPEARS

Richard Henry

Aged 32. Private 14th Battalion, the Worcestershire Regiment.Service No 44867. Son of and husband of Jessie Spears of Fore Street Kingsteignton. Died 29/10/1917. La Brique Military Cemetery.

STEVENS

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TOTHILL

Edwin James

Aged 23. Leading Stoker Royal Navy, HMS Resolution. Son of Edwin and Emma Tothill of 6 Golver's View, Gestridge Rd, Kingsteignton. Died 15/05/1920. Plymouth Naval Memorial ref 32.

TOTHILL

William Henry

Aged 18. Private 1st/4th Battalion, the Devonshire Regiment.Srvice No 5649. Son of Edwin and Emma Tothill of 6 Golver's View, Gestridge Rd, Kingsteignton. Died 03/02/1917 Amara War Cemetery, Iraq.

TOZER

William Henry

Aged 36. Private, the Somerset Light Infantry. Son of Elias and Thirza Tozer of 2 Pleasant View, Chudleigh Road, Kingsteignton. Died 22/02/1919. Buried in St. Michael's Churchyard.

VALLANCE

George Henry

Lance Corporal 4th Battalion, the Devonshire Regiment. Service No 6647. Died 09/05/1917. Arras Memorial

VOGLER

Reginald John

Aged 19. Corporal 1st Battalion, the Somerset Light Infantry. Service Bo 28082.Son of John and Bertha Vogler of Kingsteignton. Died 15/04/1918.Ploegsteert Memorial.

WALTERS

Henry Bovey

Aged 27. Rifleman 9th Battalion, the Rifle Brigade. Service No B/203129. Son of Adonia and Elizabeth Walters of 27 York Terrace, Kingsteignton. Died 20/08/1917. Tyne Cot Memorial.

WAY

Henry John Rattenbury

Aged 40. Shipwright 1st Class Royal Navy, HMS Indefatigable. Son of William and Mary Ann Way of Kingsteignton and husband of Mary Way of 14, Ridgeway Terrace, Chudleigh Road. Died 31 May 1916 at Battle of Jutland.

WEEKS

Frederick John

Aged 19. Private 8th Battalion, the Devonshire Regiment. Service No 10406. Son of Frederick and Grace Weeks of Fairlight, Kingsteignton. Died 02/10/1915. Loos Memorial.

WILLCOCKS

Sidney H

Aged 37. Private 619th Mechanical Transport Coy. Army Service Corps. Service No M2/104202. Son of Frederick and Harriet Willcocks. Died 10 /11/1917. Salonika (Lembet Rd) Military Cemetery.

YEA

Harold William

Aged 25. Private 7th Battalion, the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. Service No 41662. Son of Mr & Mrs Yea of East Ogwell and nephew of Mr & Mrs T Cook, Haroldene, Gestridge Rd. Died 16 /08/1917. Tyne Cot Cemetery

YEO

John Henry

Aged 21. Leading Seaman Royal Navy, HMS Tiger. Son of Henry and Alice Yeo of Gappah, Kingsteignton. Died 31/05/1916 at Battle of Jutland. Plymouth Naval Memorial ref 2.

1939-1945

BARBER

W J

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BEARNE

L W

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BICKHAM

Samuel [Moist]

Chief Stoker D/311556, H.M.S. Courageous, Royal Navy. Died 17 September 1939. Aged 51. Son of Thomas and Elizabeth Bickham, of Kingsteignton, Devon; husband of Mary Jane Bickham, of Kingsteignton. No known grave. Commemorated on PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Devon. Panel 34, Column 1.

BISHOP

Donald Robert

Sergeant 574641, 50 Squadron, Royal Air Force. Died 13 February 1943. Aged 20. Son of Albert and Annie Bishop, of Kingsteignton, Devon. No known grave. Commemorated on RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL, Surrey. Panel 142.

BLATCHFORD

Frederick John

Painter 2nd Class D/MX 49587, H.M.S. Glorious, Royal Navy. Died 8 June 1940. Aged 31. Son of Alfred James Blatchford and Frances Elizabeth Blatchford; husband of G. M. Blatchford, of Kingsteignton, Devon. No known grave. Commemorated on PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Devon. Panel 42, Column 1.

BOLT

A J

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BOUCHER

G E

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BOVEY

Frederick George

Lance Sergeant 7912490, "A" Squadron, 50thRoyal Tank Regiment, R.A.C. Died 12 July 1943. Aged 30. Son of George and Annie Bovey, of Kingsteignton, Newton Abbot, Devon. Buried in SYRACUSE WAR CEMETERY, SICILY, Italy. Plot IV. Row B. Grave 4.

BOWDEN

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BREALEY

Thomas [Henry]

Private 14990051, 1st Battalion, Devonshire Regiment. Died 19 October 1945. Aged 21. Son of Lewis James Brealey and Alice May Brealey, of Newton Abbot, Devon; husband of Betty Maude Mitchell Brealey, of Kingsteignton, Newton Abbot. Buried in KIRKEE WAR CEMETERY, India. Plot I. Row G. Grave 11.

BROWNING

P L

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BYWAY

M A

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CARNELL

I F

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CASELY

N L

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COTTON

R G

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CUMBLEY

R

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GLANFIELD

W J

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HARVEY

L J

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HEWINGS

Thomas Henry

Private 5193603, 112 Company, Pioneer Corps. Died 7 July 1944. Son of Thomas Frederick and Lucy Jane Hewings, of Kingsteignton, Devon. Buried in HERMANVILLE WAR CEMETERY, Calvados, France. Plot 2. Row O. Grave 7.

JOHNSON

P M

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MEDLAND

Wilfred Gilbert [Medland]

Private 14245144, Royal Army Medical Corps. Died 15 February 1945. Aged 30. Son of Joseph and Emily Medland, of Kingsteignton; husband of Lydia Mary Phyllis Medland, of Kingsteignton. Buried in KINGSTEIGNTON (ST. MICHAEL) CHURCHYARD AND EXTENSION, Devon.

MONSON

Fred Northcott

Able Seaman D/JX 401036, H.M.S. Kite, Royal Navy. Died 21 August 1944. Aged 32. Son of Everett Staines Monson and Fanny Louisa Monson; husband of Florence Edyvean Monson, of Kingsteignton, Devon. No known grave. Commemorated on PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Devon. Panel 87, Column 1.

MUGRIDGE

R H

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MURRAY

Harold [Joseph]

Private 5826901, 4th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died on Labuan Island, Borneo, from malaria and beri-beri 19 November 1944; contracted disease 12 October 1944. Aged 26. Born in Doncaster in 12 October 1918. His mother died when he was 9 years of age. He and his siblings were placed in the care of the Dr. Barnardos Organisation and a foster home for Harold and his younger brother, William, was found in Shropham. He enlisted into the Suffolk Regiment in 1936, and was in the Regimental Band. He served in Malta before the War. He was at Dunkirk in 1940. In 1941 he was posted to a training camp at Newton Abbott where he met and married Muriel Margaret Brimmicombe of Kingsteignton. The Suffolk’s went to Singapore in February 1942, Singapore fell to the Japanese 15 February 1942. He was captured as 9 March 1942. Arrived Kuching 18 September 1942, departed Kuching 9 October 1942. He was among the Suffolk Regiment prisoners sent to Labuan Island to build an airstrip. None of them survived and those who did not die from disease were eventually executed by the Japanese. No known grave. Commemorated on SINGAPORE MEMORIAL, Kranji War Cemetery, Singapore. Column 56. Also commemorated on the Shropham, Norfolk, memorial as he spent most of his childhood there.

PALK

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PEARSON

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PIPER

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PYNE

Herbert [Denis]

Corporal 5382919, 2nd (Airborne) Battalion, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. Died 11 May 1943. Aged 23. Son of Ethel Ellen Short, of Preston, Kingsteignton, Devon. Buried in SHAFTESBURY BOROUGH CEMETERY, Dorset. Grave 818.

SAVAGE

George

Petty officer D/234502, H.M.S. Raleigh, Royal Navy. Died 18 March 1943. Aged 53. Son of Joseph and Edith Savage; husband of Annie Savage, of Kingsteignton. Buried in KINGSTEIGNTON CEMETERY, Devon. C. of E. ground. Grave 212.

SEAL

Leonard Lawrence

Sergeant 658294, 50 Squadron, Royal Air Force. Died 25 June 1943. Aged 30. Son of Elsie Edith Seal, and stepson of William Reynolds, of Kingsteignton, Devon. No known grave. Commemorated on RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL, Surrey. Panel 164.

SELLEY

Edward [Charles Mitchell]

Sergeant 1607826, 117 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 23 October 1945. Aged 21. Son of Henry and Amelia B. Selley, of Kingsteignton, Devon. No known grave. Commemorated on SINGAPORE MEMORIAL, Kranji War Cemetery, Singapore. Column 452.

SPEAR

S J

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TARR

R J

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TOMS

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TURPIN

Alfred William

Flight Sergeant 1246515, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 28 October 1943. Aged 31. Son of William Barnard Turpin and Rosa Turpin, of Kingsteignton. Buried in KINGSTEIGNTON (ST. MICHAEL) CHURCHYARD AND EXTENSION, Devon.

WILLIS

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WINSER

B

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