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THE WAR MEMORIAL IN ST. MICHAEL'S CHURCH, BEER

 

The church guide refers to this Memorial as a "gradine" carved by a local man,  which originally was on the main altar; the dictionary tells us that a gradine  is a raised shelf or ledge behind the altar. The altar cross, altar lights, and vases of flowers may be placed on it but in this case, when it was moved to a side wall, an alteration must have taken place and the shelf removed. Both plaques are made of English oak.

 

The War Memorial in St. Michael's Church, Beer

The War Memorial in the Church of St. Michael, Beer

©Richard J. Brine

 

The wording on the upper plaque reads

LET US REMEMBER BEFORE GOD THE MEN FROM THIS PARISH WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE GREAT WAR 1914 - 1919.

The names of 26 men follow this inscription and after this another inscription

TANTA TESTIUM NUBES

(A Greek inscription believed to be taken from the 1st Epistle of St Paul to the Corinthians)

 

SONS OF THIS PLACE, LET OF YOU BE SAID

THAT YOU WHO LIVE WERE WORTHY OF YOUR DEAD

THESE GAVE THEIR LIVES THAT YOU WHO LIVE MAY REAP

A RICHER HARVEST 'ERE YOU FALL ASLEEP

 

WALTER TOM ABBOTT
Able Seaman Walter Thomas Abbott of the Royal Navy, HMS Invincible. Son of Robert and Sarah Abbott of 4 Rose Cottage, Cemetery Lane, Beer. Born in the March Quarter of 1888 at Beer. Died 31 May 1916 aged 28.
ANTHONY BARTLETT
Lance Corporal Anthony Bartlett of the 2/9th Battalion, the London Regiment. Born in Seaton in the December Quarter of 1896 but brought up in Beer where his father was a fisherman. Died 26 September 1917 aged 21.
GEORGE CARSLAKE
Private George Carslake of the 1/5th Battalion, the West Yorkshire Regiment. Son of John and Annie Carslake of Colyton. Born in Beer in 1890. Died 15 July 1916 aged 26.
WILLIAM CARSLAKE
Private William James Carslake of the 1/5th Battalion, the Lincolnshire Regiment. Born in Beer in the June Quarter of 1901. Died 19 June 1917 aged 16.
WALTER GEORGE WOOLLEY CLARKE
Private Walter George Woolley Clarke of the Devonshire Regiment. Clarke Son of George and Emily Clarke of Beer and husband of Emily Clarke of Barline, Budleigh Salterton.. Born in the March Quarter of 1879 in Beer. Died 20 February 1917 aged 38. Buried in Budleigh Cemetery.
STEPHEN AMBROSE FISHER
Private Stephen Ambrose Fisher of the 20th Battalion, the Royal Fusiliers. Son of Ambrose Brewin Fisher (HM Inspector of Schools ) and Emily Fisher of The Cottage, Seaton. Born in 1892 in Windermere. Died 23 July 1916 aged 24.
NORMAN GEORGE FRANKLIN
Seaman Norman George Franklin of the Royal Navy Reserve, HMS Defence. Son of George and Susan Franklin of Beer. Born in 1889 in Beer. Died 31 May 1916 aged 27.
ARCHIBALD WALTER GUSH 
Second Corporal Archibald Walter Gush of the 23rd Division Signal Company of the Royal Engineers. Son of Walter James and Elizabeth Francis Gush of Marine Cottage, Beer and brother of Charlie (see below). Born in the December Quarter of 1889 at beer. Died 17 November 1918 aged 25.  Awarded the Military Medal and Bar.
CHARLIE CLEAVER GUSH
Private Charlie Cleaver Gush of the Royal Army Medical Corps. Son of Walter James and Elizabeth Francis Gush of Marine Cottage, Beer and brother of Archibald (see above). Born in the June Quarter of 1891 at Beer. Died 20 August 1916 aged 31.
WILLIAM JOHN HARNER
Petty officer Stoker William John Harner of the Royal Navy, HMS Falmouth. Son of  George and Martha Harner of Beer and husband of Bessie Harner (formerly Newbury) of West Street, Colyton. Born in the September Quarter of 1893. Died 22 March 1918 aged 29.
ARTHUR HAWKER
Private Arthur Timothy Hawker of the 11th Battalion, the Leicestershire Regiment. Son of James and Harriet Hawker of Church Cottage, Beer and husband of Julia Olive Hawker of 4 Parsons Lane Branscombe. Born in Axmouth in the March Quarter of 1889. Died 22 March 1918 aged 29.
WILLIAM REGINALD HOOKINGS

Reginald Hooking, the son of John and Eliza Hooking of Beer was listed in the 1901 census as being 8 years old.

Private Reginald Hookings of the 114 Coy., the Machine Gun Corps. Son of Jack and Eliza Hookings of 3, Fore Street, Beer and husband of Caroline Bubbins (formerly Hookings). Died 31 August 1917 aged 24.

FRANK LUMBARD
Private Frank Lumbard of the 2/4th Battalion, the Devonshire Regiment.  Son of William Lumbard of Bridge Cottage, South Petherton and believed to be the grandson of Frank Lumbard who was born in Beer in 1861. Born near Chard in 1890. Died 10 August 1916 aged 26.
EDWARD MILLER
Edward Miller was born in Beer in 1885. He was the son of William and Eliza Miller of Beer Street, Axminster. His military record is not yet confirmed.
LEONARD THOMAS MILLER
Private Thomas Leonard Miller of the 9th Battalion, the Devonshire Regiment. Son of  Thomas and Flora Miller and husband of Elsie May Miller of 5, West View, Beer. Born in the March Quarter of 1888. Died 11 March 1917 aged 29.
LEONARD SIDNEY MUTTER
Driver Sidney Leonard Mutter of the 29th Division, Ammunition Col., the Royal Field Artillery. Son of John and Amanda Mutter and husband of Lily Ethel Mutter of Oaken Cross, Marnhull, Dorset. Born at Beer in the June Quarter of 1889. Died 23 October 1915 aged 26.
WILLIAM JOHN MUTTER
Stoker 1st Class William John Mutter of the Royal Navy, HMS Defence. Son of William and Elizabeth Mutter of Beer. Born in Beer in the June Quarter of 1875. Died 31 May 1916 aged 41.
WILLIAM ROBERT ORLEY
Able Seaman William Robert Orley ("Robert") of the Royal Navy, HMS Defence. Son of Samuel and Christiana Orley of Beer and husband of Rose Ellen Orley (formerly Ayres). Born in the March Quarter of 1879. Died 31 May 1916 aged 37.
ARTHUR PERCY PALMER 
Captain Arthur Percy Palmer of the 1st Battalion, the Welsh Guards. Husband of Josephine Palmer of Hampstead, London. Born in 1872. Died 27 September 1915 aged 43. Awarded the DSO.
HEBER EDWARD PERRY
Sapper Heber Edward Perry of 203 Field Company, the Royal Engineers. Son of James and Elizabeth Perry of Beer and husband of Alice Perry of 45 Ladysmith Road, Exeter. Born in Branscombe in the December Quarter of 1885. Died 20 January 1918 aged 32.
JAMES POTTER
Private James Potter of 1/7th Battalion, the Worcestershire Regiment. Son of William and Mary Potter of Beer. Born in Beer in the June Quarter of 1878. Died 22 May 1917 aged 39. Buried in Beer Church Cemetery.
HAROLD RALPH
A Harry Wyndham Ralph is recorded in the 1901 census as having been born in Seaton in 1899. Similarly a Harold Frank Ralph is recorded as having been born in Plymouth in the June Quarter of 1898; however he used the name Frank according to military records. If this refers to Harry Ralph of Seaton, no information has yet been found relating to his military records.
LEONARD WALTER CHARLES RODGERS
Private Leonard Walter Cgarles Rodgers of 1/5th Battalion of the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry. Son of William and Letitia Rodgers of 2 Quarry Cottages, Beer. Born in Beer in the December Quarter of 1898. Died 17 April 1918 aged 19.
HERBERT EDMUND WESTLAKE
Private Herbert Edmund Westlake of the 8th Battalion, the Devonshire Regiment. Son of John and Louisa Westlake of Myrtle Cottage, Beer and husband of Charlotte Westlake (formerly Hayley) of Spring Gardens, Beer. Born in Beer in the June Quarter of 1880. Died 4 October 1917 aged 37.
RICHARD HERMAN WESTLAKE
Mess Room Steward Richard Herman Westlake of the Mercantile Marine, SS Daleby (West Hartlepool). Son of William and Rosina Westlake of Lamorna House, Beer. Born in Beer in the March Quarter of 1890. Died 29 April 1917 aged 27.
JOHN HENRY WOODGATE
Private John Henry Woodgate of the 7th Battalion, the Queen's Own (West Kent Regiment). He died 12 October 1917. His connection with Beer has not yet been traced although a family of this name lived there for many years.

 

The wording on the lower board

ALSO THOSE FROM THIS PARISH WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE WAR 1939 - 1945.

 

WILLIAM AYRES
C/SS 124189  Stoker !st Class Willikam Robert Ayres of the RFR, HMS Volunteer. Son of Frederick and Maria Ayres. Born in Talaton 26 September 1886. Died 18 April 1941 aged 55 in a collision between two vessels..
DENNIS W. BUTCHERS
3rd Radio Officer Dennis William Butchers of the Merchant Navy, SS Newbury (London). Died 15 September 1941 aged 19. Commemorated on the Tower Hill Memorial, London.
LESTER T. CAWLEY
Able Seaman Lester Thomas Cawley of the Royal Navy, HMS Kite. Son of Thomas and Nellie Cawley of Beer. Died 21 August 1944 aged 24.
DAVID CHAPPLE
Petty Officer David Chapple of the Royal Naval Patrol Service, HM Trawler Birdlip. Son of William Henry and Julia Fanny Chapple of Beer. Died 13 June 1944 aged 24. Commemorated on Lowestoft Naval Memorial.
NORMAN CHAPPLE
Chief Steward Norman James Chapple of the Merchant Navy, SS Swiftpool (West Hartlepool). Son of Robert James and Elizabeth Chapple and husband of Dorothea Helen Chapple of Beer. Born in Beer in the June Quarter of 1901. Died 5 August 1941 aged 40. Commemorated on the Tower Hill Memorial in London.
ANTHONY DRIVER
Not yet confirmed
GEORGE HITCHCOCK
5626595 Lance Corporal Henry George Hitchcock of the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry. Son of Frederick and Edith Hitchcock. Born in Beer in the March Quarter of 1915. Died 10 July 1944 aged 29.
WILLIAM MAKEIG-JONES
Captain William Tofield Makeig - Jones of the Royal Navy, HMS Courageous. Son of William and Ann Tofield Makeig-Jones and husband of Dorothy Maud Makeig-Jones of Torquay. Died 17 September 1939 aged 49. 
WINIFRED M.MEDLYCOTT
Civilian. Winifred Mary Medlycott (British Red Cross Society) of 23 Gwendwr Road, Fulham. Widow of Frederick Albert Medlycott. Injured 20 February 1944 at 23 Gwendwr Road. Died at Fulham Hospital 21 February 1944 as a result of enemy action.
ARTHUR MOULDING
Stoker 1st Class Arthur Samuel Moulding of the Royal Navy,HMS Lanka. Son of Walter and Elizabeth Moulding. Born in Beer in the September Quarter of 1923. Died 12 February 1944 aged 21.
LAWRENCE A.WHITE
Serjeant Lawrence Arthur White of the Worcestershire Regiment on attachment to the Nigerian Regiment. Son of John and Rosetta White. Born in Branscombe in 1897. Died 11 June 1941 aged 43.
VICTOR WILKINS
Leading Seaman Victor Alfred Jarvis Wilkins of the Royal Navy, HMS Defiance. Son of Alfred and Harriet Wilkins and husband of Mary Hannah Wilkins of Beer. Died 26 January 1943 aged 44. Buried in Beer Church Cemetery.

 

 
 
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