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DEVON - BORN CASUALTIES FROM THE 8th BATTALION IN THE DEVONSHIRE CEMETERY 

 

The headstones placed in the Devonshire Cemetery at Mametz by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission do not mark actual graves. These men were buried where they had fallen late on in the evening of July 1st 1916 by a working party led by the Padre; the headstones were added later.

153 men of all ranks are commemorated in the Devonshire Cemetery, all but two being members of the 8th and 9th Battalions of the Devonshire Regiment. Driver Fred Lambert and Sergeant D. Wright, both of the Royal Field Artillery, were interred here later.

21 of the men from the 8th Battalion who lie here are believed to have been born  in Devon. A further 44 Devon-born men from the 9th Battalion are also buried in the Mametz Cemetery.

 

BIRTHPLACE RANK FORENAMES SURNAME AGE DIED
Ashreigney Private Sidney BOUNDY 25 1 Jul 1916
Crediton Private Sidney George MORRISH 27 1 Jul 1916
Dawlish Private William BROWNING 19 1 Jul 1916
Exeter Private Francis Joseph HETTISH 31 1 Jul 1916
Exmouth Private Henry HOLMAN 27 1 Jul 1916
Hatherleigh Private Thomas BOWDEN 31 1 Jul 1916
Honiton Private Robert HARENBURG 17 1 Jul 1916
Lynton Private Percy Douglas MURLEY 20 1 Jul 1916
Newton Abbot Private William Henry GOUGH 22 1 Jul 1916
Marystow Private Herbert ROWLAND 20 1 Jul 1916
Ottery St.Mary Private Fred BATTEN 20 1 Jul 1916
Plymouth Private Robert CLAYTON ? 1 Jul 1916
Private Reginald Victor CONNETT 19 1 Jul 1916
Private Alfred HITCHCOCK 37 1 Jul 1916
Private Frederick George OXFORD 22 1 Jul 1916
Sgt. John Henry RAMSEY ? 1 Jul 1916
Sidbury Private George Robert CHANNING 26 1 Jul 1916
Tiverton Cpl. Samuel ROBERTS 21 1 Jul 1916
Private Joseph William PRIOR 27 1 Jul 1916
Torquay Private John BASSETT 33 1 Jul 1916
Totnes Private Frederick Henry BOWDEN 29 1 Jul 1916

 

Officers of the 8th Battalion  who lie here are

Captain Geoffrey Philip Tregelles aged 30

2nd Lieutenant Percy Francis Gethin aged 42*

2nd Lieutenant John Frederick Rew aged 25

2nd Lieutenant Robert Henry Walter Davidson aged 31

 

* Percy Francis Gethin (1874 - 1916) was an artist of distinction and renown. He specialised in etchings and lithographs and fortunately for the people of Devon, through a generous bequest, it is possible to see the original of this work plus five others at Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery. Other works by him can be seen at the British Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and in the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool.

Etching - "Travelling Circus"

by Percy Francis Gethin

Date unknown

 

 

 
 
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