Preserving your Past for the Future

 

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These records have been compiled with a great deal of help from families, friends and public records. We have tried to be as accurate as possible before making them public, but if there are errors or omissions we sincerely apologise, and would be very grateful for any further information, and also to confirm the identities of those whose contribution hasn’t yet been acknowledged.

 All the servicemen are recorded on the full marble Roll of Honour. Those who lost their lives and are also on the war memorial are highlighted in red.

 

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S Jones – Samuel Henry Cecil Jones, born 1898 in Bigbury. He and his mother Mary had moved from St Ann’s Chapel into the village after the death of his father Thomas. He enlisted in 1915, serving in the Staffordshire Yeomanry and 12th Lancers with the Mesopotamian Expeditionary Force. After the war, in 1919 he enlisted with the Royal Tank Corps.

 

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J Lakeman – probably Jack Lakeman snr – he was a builder who lived in Island House, with his workshop (now converted to a house) behind it. First cousin to Sidney.

S Lakeman -   Sidney Harry Lakeman. He joined the Royal Navy in 1912, enlisting for 12 years, although he finally left the Navy in 1927. A report from the Kingsbridge Gazette January 1916 shows that “Sidney Lakeman, son of Mr S Lakeman subpostmaster in Aveton Gifford, engaged with rebels in the Persian Gulf in 1914 on board HMS Dartmouth, for which he has received the Admiralty Silver Medal”. HMS Dartmouth was employed in suppressing arms traffic in the Persian Gulf. (His father was Servington Lakeman, not only the subpostmaster, but also a master carpenter running a carpentry/building business in AG). His naval records also show that he took part in “Special Service in Ireland from 3.5.20 to 21.6.20”. After his Naval ser Sidney left the village, and in later years his only son Graham lost his life in WW2 when his bomber was lost over Europe on a raid to Hamburg.

B Lethbridge – Thought to be Bessie Lethbridge, the one woman to be included on the roll of honour for her war service. She was the daughter of Henry and Elizabeth and the older sister of William (below). She was certainly a Red Cross nurse after the war, but is also remembered by residents to have nursed during WW1; when they hurt themselves as children they were always sent off to her to be patched up. (Nursing records for her at this time have not yet come to light - many records for nurses during the early years of many of the nursing organisations have not survived, and WW1 records of Red Cross nurses are still to be transcribed.) She was born in 1886 in Devonport when her father was working there as a Police Sergeant, but when the family returned to AG she can be found in 1911 census records working for the Rector’s family at Bigbury. She never married, and continued to live in the village, firstly in one of the Walnut Cottages, and latterly at Beaumont Cottage where she died in 1972. She is buried at St Andrews.

W Lethbridge - William Henry Lethbridge, (Willie) born in 1896. He was the only son of Elizabeth and of Police Sergeant Henry who had been born in the village; by 1911 Henry had returned from Devonport, where William had been born, to live firstly at Bridge End and then at Walnut Cottage. William’s entry in the “In Memoriam” section of the Kingsbridge Gazette says that he was an Old Boy of Kingsbridge Grammar School. He was training to be a teacher when he was called up, and joined the 10th battalion of the Devonshire Regiment in September 1914. He served with the Salonika Army from September ’15 until December ‘16 when he returned to Officer Training at Alston Hall (with Edie Steer, below). He was gazetted 2nd Lieutenant to serve in the Northumberland Fusiliers, and went to France in April 1917, losing his life at Broodseinde (Passchendaele) on October 14th 1917, aged 21. His Major subsequently wrote; “It was in the course of our glorious advance that morning that he was struck by a splinter whilst leading his men with the utmost gallantry..... he died on the battlefield where he was hit. His loss is most keenly felt by officers and men alike, by all of whom he was regarded with respect and affection. ” he is commemorated on the Tyne Cot memorial.

(The Tyne Cot cemetery is a Commonwealth War Graves Commission burial ground for the dead of WW1 given to Britain by King Albert 1 of Belgium in recognition of sacrifices made by the  British Empire in defence and liberation of  Belgium during the war. It is just outside Passchendaele in Belgium.)

 

J Light – unidentified.

W Light – William Charles Mugridge Light (Bill), born 1897 in Holbeton (parents Philip and Edith). Father Philip had been in the Navy, but in 1904 the family had moved to a farm at Chillaton Moor, and in September that year William and siblings Amelia and Philip were added to the register at Modbury Brownston school. Bill joined the Navy in September 1916, and served on HMS Glorious, a battlecruiser built for the Navy which was completed at that time; he would have spent the war patrolling the North Sea, at the Battle of Heligoland Bight in 1917, and would have been present when the German Grand Fleet surrendered in 1918. He was transferred to HMS Achilles (an armoured cruiser training ship) for 4 months until his discharge in July 1919. His older brother Philip was also in the Royal Navy, but is not included on the Roll of Honour here. Bill Light married Emma Perring, sister of William Perring (below) in 1921, and his brother Philip married their sister Annie in a double wedding. (Later his brother Robert John married a third sister Beatrice). Bill died in 1947, and is buried at St Andrew’s.

F Lugger – Frederick Distin Lugger, known as Fred, born in 1881 (parents William and Jane, both born AG). The 1911 census shows that he was a seaman on HMS Vanguard, and Royal Navy records show that he was awarded war and victory medals, and a long service medal when he left in 1924.  He died in the village in 1953, and is buried at St Andrew’s.

S Luscombe - Private Samuel James Luscombe was the first in the parish to lose his life. Samuel was born here in 1889, (parents Edward Albert and Mary, nee Freeman) and had been a horseman on Waterhead Farm before the war. He enlisted at Exeter into the 8th battalion of the Devonshire Regt, (one of the first of Kitchener’s New Army), early in 1815, and was posted to France with the British Expeditionary Force. He survived the Battle of Loos on 25th September, but died of wounds 4 days later at Lille, aged 25. He is buried in the Lilliers Communal Cemetery. His sister Alice married Jack Fitness in 1915.

 

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J Martin – Not positively identified, but perhaps John Martin who married Ethel Gladys Steer in 1915. Her family had moved from Kingsbridge to Aveton Gifford by 1911. No military records for J Martin have been found.

E Moore – Ernest Edgcombe Moore, born in 1888, in Aveton Gifford, the son of Charles (of AG) and Sarah Edgcombe (Churchstow). Ernest became a butcher here before the war, enlisting in 1916 with the Devonshire Regiment.  Records show that he was very short sighted, and was transferred to various regiments for short periods of time, serving with the Wiltshire, Hampshire, and Cycle Regiments and the Royal Army Service Corps, all serving in this country. In 1918 he married a widow, Ellen Scott, and in May 1919 was finally discharged as he was considered “no longer physically fit for War service”, to live with his wife and 3 children in Sussex. Other family members remained in the village for the rest of their lives.

G Moore – probably George Moore, the older brother of Sam (below) born 1876 in Aveton Gifford, parents Richard and Susan. He married Annie Julia Hooppell in 1904.

S Moore – May have been Samuel Moore, Sam, born 1878. He worked on the roads and was an early parish lengthsman. He married Mary Kate Putt in 1900, and lived in Jubilee Street.

 

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C Patey – Charles John Patey - he is remembered locally as John -  born in 1890, the son of one of the village blacksmiths, John Patey, and Edith. He had been a mason’s    labourer, but in 1909 at the age of 19 he enlisted in the Royal Navy as a stoker, and in 1911 was serving in the Mediterranean. He served throughout the war on HMS New Zealand (battlecruiser) where he would have taken part in both the battles of Heligoland Bight and Dogger Bank; in 1915 he transferred to HMS Vengeance (battleship) off  South Africa, and later to Diana (Eclipse class cruiser) in 1917, serving in the Red Sea and Indian Ocean. He finally left the Navy in 1928. He came back to the village, but never married and worked on  local farms; he was living in one of the cottages on Fore St which was destroyed by bombing in 1943. John’s uncle was Thomas Putt (below).

W Perring – William Albert Perring, son of Robert Henry and Susannah, born in 1894 in the parish. He worked as a horseman on a local farm, until in 1911 at the age of 16 he joined the Navy as a stoker, serving until 1928. He served on HMS Lion throughout WW1; this was the Grand Fleet’s flagship battlecruiser which was involved in actions at the Battles of Heligoland Bight, Dogger Bank, and Jutland, and then spent the remainder of the war on patrols in the North Sea. After leaving the Navy William came back and lived at Chantry Cottage working on local farms, but was recalled to the Navy for WW2. He lost his life aged 46 in 1940 on HMS Ardent, and is commemorated on the Plymouth Naval Memorial. William’s brother-in-law was Bill Light (above)

E Prowse –  Thought to be Edward, known as Ned, who lived at Bridge End. After the war he worked for his sister-in-law’s husband Bill Maddick on his farm at S Efford. If this is correct, he was born in Malborough in 1880, and joined the Royal Navy in 1901, serving throughout the war. HMS Blake was the depot ship for destroyer flotillas, and Hecla a torpedo boat depot during the war. He was discharged in 1923 and married Daisy Lee.

R Putt – Randolf Putt. He was born in 1868 in AG to parents Arthur and Rebecca, and had married Alice Maud Mary Luscombe in 1912. He was called up into the RAF right at the end of the war aged 49 ½. In 1919 he was transferred to the RAF Reserve, and then discharged 12 months later.  He had been a shoemaker in the village, and during his RAF service, after taking proficiency tests he continued this occupation as a qualified tradesman. He was the organist in the Wesleyan chapel. He died in 1924, and is buried at St Andrew’s.

T J Putt – Thomas Jarvis Putt, son of John Jarvis Putt and Peggy was born in Malborough in 1868.  He had already served in the Boer War in the Devonshire Regt., had been mentioned in Lord Kitchener’s dispatches and awarded several medals, and was discharged “after his second period of service” in 1907 aged 39. Back in civilian life he worked as a gardener. On the outbreak of war he re-enlisted in the 9th Devonshires aged 46, serving throughout as a Sergeant firstly in the Royal Defence Corps, then the Labour Corps, and finally the Training Reserve. He was demobilised in 1919 and returned to the village; he died in Rock Hill House in 1941. He married Elizabeth Patey in 1893. Their daughter Florence May Putt married Arthur Edgcombe, then after his death, Frank Steere – both of whom are included on this Roll of Honour.  He was also John Patey’s uncle. Thomas died in 1941, and is buried at St Andrew’s.

 

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G Randle - Sergeant George Taylor Randle had joined up before the war, and was serving in the 2nd battalion Devonshire Regt. He was born here in 1885, the son of George Hurrell Randle, a mason in the village, but his mother Emily had died after he was born. By 1911 he was serving with his battalion in Malta, and at the outbreak of war was serving in Cairo. The battalion was first sent to guard the Suez Canal, but then transferred to France in November 1914; it was one of those who took part in the Christmas Truce of that year. In 1915 it took part in the Battle of Neuve Chapelle in March and other smaller actions. George died on the 7th May 1915 from wounds, and is buried in the Canadian cemetery at Sailly-sur-la-Lys. George’s brother William had also joined up, but was discharged on discovering that he was suffering from TB, and his older brother Samuel served in the Navy.

R B Rogers - Corporal Richard Blackler Rogers was the son of a farmer, also Richard Blackler Rogers, who farmed Chillaton at the end of the war, and Mary. He was born here in 1893, and had been working as a farm labourer for his father at Scobbiscombe before enlisting at the age of 21 into the Devon Regiment. In the 16th battalion, one of the battalions of the Territorial Force, he spent most of the war in Egypt, but on 1st May 1918 he embarked at Alexandria to land at Marseilles a week later. The battalion became involved in the second Battle of the Somme, and he was killed in action on 10th September 1918, aged 25. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission lists his grave at St Emilie Valley Cemetery, Villers-Faucon, in Picardy, in the region of the Somme; this is known as a WW2 cemetery but does contain the graves of 513 soldiers killed in WW1. (The family was farming at Scobbiscombe in Kingston when he enlisted, and so he has also been commemorated on the war memorial there. Richard snr later bought Chantry and Lixton farms.)

W Rogers -  unidentified; there were several W Rogers in the parish of the right age.

A D Rowbottom – unidentified. An H or K Rowbottom is pictured in one of the village football teams of the 1920's but in spite of recent enquiries asking for any information from readers of the Kingsbridge Gazette, nothing further about the Rowbottom family has come to light.