From the Western Times
"The Great Western Railway Magazine for December (1915) contains the following information of local interest:
The reported casualties to Great Western men now number 1,039 viz., 344 men killed or died from wounds or other causes, 642 wounded, sick or prisoners of war and 53 missing.
Among those who are reported to have lost their lives is L. A. Dinwiddy, porter at the Passenger depot, Exeter (St. Thomas)
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The Great Western (116th) Company of Royal Engineers has now completed its appointment of non coms. Among them is E. Staple of Taunton who has been made a corporal.
An appreciative notice in reference to the death of Mr. William Butcher in Exeter, in September last at the age of 95, is not the least interesting of the Magazine's contents. He was among the earliest of the Company's servants.
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Among the deaths of old servants mentioned are J. Vince (* see below), of Exeter, aged 43; W. P. Parkhouse, Exeter, 68; and S. Hutchings, Tiverton, 55.
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Staff accommodations noted for special vigilance and prompt and judicious action in emergencies, include H. J. Haines, second group engineman of Newton Abbot.
Staff changes during the past month:
A. Hartnoll, Chard to Kingswear.
R. S. Bale, Barnstaple to Tiverton
C. E. Lockyer, Buckfastleigh to Dawlish
R. E. Bence, Dawlish to Tiverton Junction
W. C. Dawe, Tiverton Junction to Paignton
L. W/ Richard, Hele to Taunton
P. G. C. Bailey, Taunton to Totnes
C. Rogers, brakesman, Taunton, appointed goods guard
W. Horrell, porter, Newton Abbot to Taunton as brakesman
W. Gratton, shunter, Exeter to Taunton as brakesman
A. J. Hodge, porter shunter, Burlescombe to Exeter as shunter
H. Hodge Brooks, porter, Kingskerswell to Ashburton as porter guard/
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Appointed second group enginemen: J. Vince (3879) Exeter; second group fireman: W. Wood (70) Taunton."