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COMB MARTIN 1914 - 1918 WAR MEMORIALS

 

The Combe Martin Memorial Garden

The Combe Martin Memorial Garden

The plaque is engraved but not easy to read

© Richard J. Brine

 

The 1914 memorial in the church

From the Memorial in St Peter's church

© Richard J. Brine

 

R. ADAMS
K/3016 Stoker 1st Class Richard Adams, of the RN, HMS Monmouth. Son of the late Richard and Louisa Adams. Born in Combe Martin in the June Quarter of 1889. Died 1 November 1914 aged 25.
S C. NORMAN
9640 Private Sydney George Norman, 22nd Battalion, the Devonshire Regiment. Son of Richard and Elizabeth Norman of 3 Church Street, Combe Martin; brother of Frederick Norman (see below). Born in Combe martin in the March Quarter of 1895. Died 18 December 1914 aged 19.
S. PASSMORE
299403 Stoker 1st Class Sydney Passmore, of the Royal Navy, HMS Goliath. Son of Elizabeth and the late George Passmore. Born in Combe Martin 28 December 1881. Died 13 May 1915, aged 34.
F. J. NORMAN
8033 Corporal Frederick Norman of the 1st Battalion, the Devonshire Regiment. Son of Richard and Elizabeth Norman; brother of Sydney (see above); husband of E E Gubb (formerly Norman) of 3 North Devon Cottage, Combe Martin. Born in Axminster in the September Quarter of 1890. Died 11 July 1915 aged 25.
R.J.NORMAN
S/235`6 Rifleman Robert James Norman of the 2nd Battalion, the Rifle Brigade. Son of John Norman; husband of Maud Mary Norman of London. Born in Tiverton in the June Quarter of 1882. Died 2 December 1917 aged 35.
E. BLACKMORE
16193 Private Ernest Blackmore of the 9th Battalion, the Devonshire Regiment. Son of John and Elizabeth Blackmore of "Corners", Combe Martin. Born in Combe Martin in the December Quarter of 1896. Died 4 October 1915 aged. 19.
T.C.ADAMS
8280 Private Thomas Charles Adams of the 2nd Battalion, the Dorset Regiment. Son of Thomas Adams of Brantford, Ontario, Canada. Born in Combe Martin in the June Quarter of 1891. Died 14 October 1915 aged 24.
T. C. RICHARDSON
Major Thomas Charles of the 185th Coy, the Royal Engineers. Son of Dr Thomas Richardson and his wife Jane Richardson of Park House Combe Martin; Born in Deal, Kent in 1887. Died 4 February 1916 aged 31. Awarded the Military Cross.
T. P. WILLIS
1536 Lance Corporal Thomas Percy Willis of the 1st/6th Battalion, the Devonshire regiment. Son of Thomas Willia  of Combe Martin.  husband of Florence Thorne (formerly Willis) of Thorns Place, Combe Martin. Born in Kent in1887. Died 9 March 1916 aged 29.
B. H. HUXTABLE
2486 Private Bernard Nathaniel Huxtable of the 1st/6th Battalion, the Devonshire Regiment. Son of Cephas and Rose Huxtable of Shute Lane. Combe Martin. Born in Combe Martin in the June Quarter of 1895. Died 29 July 1916 aged 29. Took Australian nationality.
H. J. DOVELL
1699 Private Herbert John Dovell of the 28th Battalion, the  Australian Infantry Force. Son of John and Helen Dovell of Glen Cottage, Combe Martin. Born in Combe Martin in the December Quarter of 1886. Died 29 July 1916 aged 29. Took Australian nationality.
J. S. NORMAN
PLY/13664 Private James Stuart Norman, the 2nd Royal Marine Battalion, the Royal Naval Division, the Royal Marines Light Infantry. Son of James and Margaret Norman of "Rosedale", Combe Martin. Born in Combe Martin 4 October 1886. Died 5 February 1917 aged 31.
A. J. IRWIN
8032 Sergeant Alfred J. Irwin of the 2nd Battalion, the Devonshire Regiment. Son of Lucy and Alfred Irwin. Born in Combe Martin in the September Quarter of 1899. Died 19 April 1917 aged 18.
H. L. DARCH
20233 Private Herbert Leonard Darch of the 1st/7th Battalion, the Worcestershire Regiment. Son of Matthew and Sarah Darch of Glenwood, Combe Martin. Born in Combe Martin in the December Quarter of 1895. 24 April 1917 aged 21.
S. THOMAS
220042 Private Sydney William Thomas of the 1st Battalion, the Wiltshire Regiment. Son of William and Ellen Thomas; (formerly 30107 of the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry). Born in Combe Martin in 1898. Died 7 June 1917 aged 19.
W. H. CUTCLIFFE
R/702 Able Seaman William Henry Cutcliffe of the RNVR, Hood Battalion. Son of Martha Cutcliffe. Born in Combe Martin in 1898. Died 5 July 1917 aged 18. 
A.J. JEWELL
3811 Rifleman Alfred John Jewell of the 17th Battalion, the London Regiment. Son of Edward and Mary Jewell. Born in Combe Martin in 1897. Died 15 September 1916 aged 19.
R. W. THORPE
181149 Chief Petty officer Robert William Thorpe of the Royal Navy, HMS Vanguard. Son of George and Phoebe Thorpe; husband of Annie Thorpe of 2 Cross Street, Combe Martin. Born in Combe Martin in the September Quarter of 1878. Died 9 July 1917 aged 40.
A. S. ARMFIELD
2nd Lieutenent Archie Seaward Armfield of the 2nd Battalion, the Irish Guards. Son of Charles A and Mary Ann Armfield of Ilfracombe. Born in Clapham in the March Quarter of 1879. Died 31 July 1917 aged 38.
E. SQUIRE
32922 Private Eric Edmund Squire of the 11th Battalion, the Suffolk Regiment. Son of Edmund and Mary Squire. Born in Combe Martin in the March Quarter of 1901. Died 14 March 1918 aged 17.
P.B.J. COURTENAYE

NB. The spelling on the memorials does not match the spelling on documents relating to this man.

11673 Corporal Philip Bertrand John Courteney of the South African Infantry. Son of Philip Allen Trant Courteney and his wife Elizabeth,  Born in Landkey in the June Quarter of 1876. Died 12 October 1917 aged 37.

A.D.PIPE

Note the initials reversal on the Memorials.

Captain David Archibald Pipe of the 1st Royal Marine Battalion, the Royal Naval Division of the Royal Marine Light Infantry. Son of the Rev. Thomas Pipe and his wife Sarah of Craigmore, Combe Martin. Born in Stourbridge in the December Quarter of 1884. Died 27 October 1917 aged 33.

A LATHAM
60341 Private Albert Sidney of the 10th Battalion, the Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Son of Thomas and Eliza of Berrynarbor. Born in Berrynarbor in the September Quarter of 1897. Died 26 September 1917 aged 20.
B.C.GRIBBLE
16352 Gunner Bartholomew Chapple Gribble of the 31st Siege Battery, the Royal Garrison Artillery. Son of G and E Gribble of High Street, Crediton. Born in Crediton in the June Quarter of 1877; husband of Olive V. Gribble (née Pile) of Combe Martin. Died 10 March 1918 aged 40.
A. H. CREEK
41818 Private Alfred Henry Creek of the 57th Field Ambulance, the Royal Army Medical Corps. Son of George and Harriet Creek. Born in Combe Martin in 1892. Died 22 March 1918 aged 26.
P.BUSE
2nd Lieutenant Philip Buse of the 4th Battalion, the Somerset Light infantry, on attachment  to the 1st Battalion. Son of Philip and Mary Buse of Hillside House, Combe Martin. Died 23 April 1918 aged 31.
E. DENNIS
315052 Private Edward Dennis of the 2nd Battalion, the Devonshire Regiment. Son of George and Eliza Dennis. Born in Combe Martin in the March Quarter of 1882. Died 24 April 1918 aged 36.
W. BERRY
29012 Guardsman William Berry of the 4th Battalion, the Grenadier Guards. Information about family not yet traced. Born in Barnstaple in the June Quarter of 1881. Died 24 April 1918 aged 36.
E.G.DRAPER
WR/22345 Pioneer Edward  George Draper of the Road/Quarries Battalion, the Royal Engineers. Son of Edward and Mary Ann Draper; husband of Claudia (née Squire)  Born in Combe Martin in the September Quarter of 1890. Died 1 June 1918 aged 28.
R.C.DAVIES
275735 Private Robert Charles Davies of the 5th/6th Battalion, the Lothian Regiment. Son of William Henry and Mary Ann Davies. Born in Combe Martin in 1887. Died 6 June 1918 aged 31.
W.J.WILLIS
78045 Private William John Willis of the 9th Battalion, the Devonshire Regiment. Son of William Henry Willis and the late Elizabeth Willis of Combe Martin. Born in Combe Martin in the December Quarter of 1899. Died 24 October 1918 aged 19. 
E.W.CREEK
8456 Private Ernest William Creek of the 2nd Battalion, the Devonshire Regiment. Son of William and Ellen Creek; husband of Mabel Annie of Devonia House, Combe Martin. Born in Combe Martin in the September Quarter of 1888. Died 6 November 1918 aged 30.
W.A.WILLIS

Also on brass plaque in church

64786 Private William Alfred Willis of the 1st/5th Battalion, the Devonshire Regiment. Son of William and Kezia Willis. Born in Combe Martin in 1892. Died 6 November 1918 aged 26.
W.G.CROCOMBE
10/1783 Private Walter George Crocombe of the Wellington Regiment, the New Zealand Expeditionary Force. Son of Thomas and Elizabeth Crocombe of East Bodley, Parracombe. Born in Parracombe in the March Quarter of 1883. Died 8 August 1915 aged 32. He is also remembered on the CHUNUK BAIR War Memorial at Gallipoli. 
V.J.VINCENT
5101/A Seaman Victor John Vincent of the RNVR, HMS Alert. Son of James and Mary Vincent. Born at Thorncombe, Dorset in the March Quarter of 1881. Died of illness as a Turkish prisoner of war 31 July 1915 aged 34.

 

 

 
 
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