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TIVERTON DEVONS KILLED IN MESOPOTAMIA - FEBRUARY 1917

 

From The Crediton Chronicle

24 February 1917

"Mesopotamia, once a land of fertility and abundant life, now a region of barrenness and desolation, is being slowly but surely conquered by Great Britain at a great price. Many precious lives - including some very dear to Tiverton people - have been laid down there since the war began.

 

In the heavy fighting which has been going on of late round Kut-al-Amara there have been many casualties, and the names of many Tivertonians are in the lists of killed and wounded. Among them were several young soldiers all about the sama age who were companions and friends from childhood. They went to school together, joined up about the same time, went to India, and thence to Mesopotamia in one party, and apparently were all killed in the same action."

 

From Sir Frederick Maude's official despatch:

"On February 3rd the Devons and a Ghurka battalion carried the enemy's first and second lines, and a series of counter-attacks by the Turks, which continued up till dark, withered away under our shrapnel and machine-gun fire.  Our troops east of the Hai cooperated with machine-gun and rifle fire, and two-counter-attacks by the enemy on the left bank of the Hai during the day were satisfactorily disposed of. ""

 

CORPORAL A. H. BARRINGTON

 

Corporal Albert H. Barrington, son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert F. Barrington of Pathfields Dairy, Tiverton, was killed in action in Mesopotamia on February 3rd. He had served for about 18 months in the Army in India and at the Persian Gulf. Mr. Barrington has seven nephews serving. Much sympathy is felt with the family, especially with Mrs. Barrington, who, for some weeks, has been seriously ill. Corporal Barrington who was 38 years of age, was in Australia before the war, occupying an important position on a ranch. He came to England in order to join up. He was then sent to India.

 

PRIVATE F. C. RICHARDS

 

Private William John Tucker, son of Mrs. J. Tucker of Myrtle Cottages, Castle Street, Tiverton, was killed in Mesopotamia on February 3rd. . He was one of the late Lieutenant S. B. Gregory's men and tried unsuccessfully to go with Lieutenant Gregory from India to Mesopotamia in August 1915, when that officer went on active service with a special draft of 40 men. Private Ticker has written letters home speaking in the highest manner of the regard in which Lieutenant Gregory's men held their officer, how sorry they were to have to lose him, and of their deep regret at the news of his death. Private Tucker as a civilian was employed at Mr. Masland's printing works.

 

PRIVATE JOHN BOWDEN

 

Mr. J. Bowden of Patson Cottage, Tiverton, has been officially notified that his son, Private J. Bowden of the Devons, was killed in action on February 3rd in Mesopotamia. By a later post came a postcard from Private Bowden which had been several weeks in transit. Private Bowden gave an account of how he spent Christmas. At the beginning of the war, he tried many times to join the Army, and was only successful after having been rejected several times. He went to India from Exmouth in December 1914 and was stationed at Madras. Thence he was sent in 1916 with others of his regiment to Mesopotamia. He was, from the first, a keen soldier.

 

PRIVATE FRANK CLIPSOME

 

Mr. and Mrs. Clipsome of Rose Cottage, Tidcombe, Tiverton, have received news that their son, Private Frank Clipsome of the Devons, was killed in action with the Turks in Mesopotamia on February 3rd. He was only just over 19 years of age, having enlisted before he was eighteen.

 

PRIVATE W. J. GIBBINGS

 

Mrs. W. J. Gibbngs of The Lodge Cottage, Tiverton, received the sad news on Thursday morning from the War Office of the death of her husband Private William John Gibbings, killed in action February 1st in Mesopotamia. Private Gibbings, who was 27 years of age, joined the Devons twelve months ago last June, and was sent to Mesopotamia on February 27th 1916.

 

PRIVATE HUBERT DARCH

 

Mrs. G. Darch of Heathcote Square, Tiverton, has been notified that her son, Private Hubert Darch, was killed in Mesopotamia on February 3rd. He was only 19 and four months old. He joined up at the beginning of the war.

 

SERGEANT A. W. GOSLAND

 

Mr. and Mrs. W. Gosland of St. Peter's Street, Tiverton, have been notified that their only son, Sergeant Arthur William Gosland, aged 24, died in hospital in Basra, on February 19th of wounds received in action in Mesopotamia. Sergeant Gosland, who before the war worked with his father as a carpenter and joiner, completed four years' training in the Tiverton Territorials in 1914 and was in camp with them on Woodbury Common in July of that year. He went with the Devons to India in October 1914, and to the Persian Gulf in January 1916. He was unmarried.

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THE DEVONS IN MESOPOTAMIA - 1917

 

 

 

 

 
 
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