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In a war in which every man was a hero, the men named below did some deed which raised them above the rest. Many repeated their heroism hence the awarding of a Bar to their original medal - some men acquired two Bars but only one - an Australian - ever earned three Bars. Only when the award had been personally approved by the King and announced in the London Gazette (i.e."gazetted") did an award become official and this could take several months. This was generally linked to other rewards such as promotion or additional pay. 

 

Most citations have been lost and we shall never know what the majority of these Devon men did. In various parts of the country however, a few citations survive. We include a random selection in pages of  the index so that searchers may judge for themselves the special qualities of the men listed on these pages:

Award to a  Corporal in a Cavalry Regiment

" On 9th August 1918, east of Vrely, when under heavy fire, he showed great gallantry in bringing his gun into action against the advancing enemy. Later, when in full view of the enemy, he went forward and successfully located the position of a wounded officer."

 

 DEVON'S MILITARY MEDAL RECIPIENTS 1916 - 1920

J - L

 

JACKMAN, C
25296 Private Charles Jackman of the Gloucestershire Regiment. Son of Charles and Emma Jackman. Born in Plymouth in the March Quarter of 1889. Military Medal gazetted 2 April 1918.
JARVIS, T
241090 Private Thomas Hardey Jarvis of the 5th Battalion, the Devonshire Regiment. Son of William and Susan Jarvis (née Hardey); his father was a shipwright in Salcombe.. Born in Salcombe in the March Quarter of 1892. Military Medal gazetted 10 December 1918.
JEEVES, C
2nd Lieutenant Charles Anthony Victor Jeeves (formerly 14391 Private Jeeves) of the 9th Battalion, the Devonshire Regiment. Son of Anthony and Mary Jeeves. Born in Exeter in the September Quarter of 1880. Killed in action 20 September 1917 aged 37. Military Medal gazetted 1916.
JOHNS, W
11532 Sergeant William Henry Johns of the 8th Battalion, the King's Royal Rifles. Son of William and Mary Johns of Exeter Road, Teignmouth. Born in Teignmouth in the March Quarter of 1896. Killed in action 15 October 1917 aged 21. Military Medal - gazette date not yet confirmed but believed to be 1916.
JOINT, F
8923 Private Frederick W. Joint of the Devonshire Regiment. Son of Frank and Louisa Joint. Born in Bloomsbury, London in the December Quarter of 1885 but moved to Chulmleigh as a child. Military Medal gazetted 27 October 1917.
JONES, J
15231 Corporal James Robert Jones of the 8th Battalion, the Somerset Light Infantry. Son of Bathsheba Jones (father absent). Born in Plymouth in 1877. Military Medal gazetted in September 1916.
JONES, W
44773 Corporal William Joseph Jones of the 96th Field Company of the Honourable Artillery Company. Next of kin not yet known. Born in Newton Abbot in the December Quarter of 1892. Military Medal gazetted 22 July 1919.
KERSLAKE, L
205898 Private Lewis William Kerslake of the 1st Battalion, the Devonshire Regiment. Son of John and Mary Kerslake. Born in Burlescombe in the December Quarter of 1885. Military Medal gazetted 7 February 1919.
KIDGER, B
33101 Acting Corporal Bertram William C. Kidger of the Devonshire Regiment. Son of William and Mary Ann Kidger. Born in Plymouth in the June Quarter of 1897. Military Medal gazetted 25 September 1917.
KINGWELL, R  
241004 Private Reginald John Kingwell (also Kingwill) of the Devonshire Regiment. Son of Thomas and Elizabeth Kingwell. Born in Torquay in the September Quarter of 1895. Military Medal gazetted 16 October 1917,
KITTOW, W
23727 Private William John Kittow of the Devonshire Regiment. Son of William and Prudence Kittow. Born in Sowton, nr. Exeter, in the June Quarter of 1896 - later moved to Uffculme. Military Medal gazetted 6 July 1917.
KNAPMAN, M
200479 Private Maurice William Knapman of the 7th Battalion, the Middlesex Regiment (Territorial Force). Son of William and Annie Knapman. Born in Kenn in the March Quarter of 1893. Military Medal gazetted 21 January 1918.
KNIGHT, S
240869 Private Stanley Knight of the 5th Battalion, the Devonshire Regiment. Next of kin not yet known. Born in Salcombe in the March Quarter of 1892. Military Medal gazetted 10 December 1918.
KNILL, C
266193 Private Charles Henry Knill of the 2nd Battalion, the Devonshire Regiment. Next of kin not yet known. Born in Ilfracombe in the December Quarter of 1897. Military Medal gazetted 11 March 1919.
LAMBLE, H
43749 Gunner Howard Lamble of the Royal Field Artillery. Son of Albert and Helena Lamble. Born in Frogmore, nr. Kingsbridge, in 1887. Military Medal gazetted 21 January 1918.
LANG, F
27621 Private Francis Lang of the 1st Battalion, the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry. Son of George and Margarita Bath Lang (née Mollard). Born in Plymouth in the June Quarter of 1891. Military Medal gazetted 21 January 1919.
LANG, J
23772 Private Joseph John Lang of the 5th Battalion, the Devonshire Regiment. Son of John and Harriet Lang. Born in Babbacombe in the March Quarter of 1886. Military Medal gazetted 7 February 1919.
LANG, S
1484 Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant Sidney F. Lang of the Devonshire Regiment  and also attached to the 8th Battalion Cyclists. Son of John and Lucy Lang (née Cann); husband of Emily (née Martin) of 36 Monk's Road, Exeter. Born in 1887 in Morchard Bishop. Military Medal gazetted 18 June 1915. Also awarded the Meritorious Service Medal and Mentioned in Despatches.
LANGDON, A
74399 Private Albert Henry Langdon of the Royal Army Medical Corps. Son of Henry and Elizabeth Langdon. Born in Exeter in the March Quarter of 1895. Military Medal gazetted 14 December 1917.
LANGDON, T
4478 Lance Corporal Thomas Hembrow Langdon of the Machine Gun Corps. Son of John and Mary Langdon. Born in Torrington in the June Quarter of 1894. Military Medal gazetted 14 September 1917.
LAPTHORNE, R
329237 Sergeant Richard Lapthorne of the 159th Heavy Brigade, the Royal Garrison Artillery. Son of William and Alice Lapthorne. Born in Salcombe in the June Quarter of 1893. Military Medal gazetted 20 August 1919.
LAWES, G
40575 Corporal Gilbert Bernard A. Lawes of the Lancashire Fusiliers. Son of John and Julia Lawes - his father was in the Coastguard Service.. Born in St. Ives, Cornwall in the September Quarter of 1890 - later moved to Dartmouth. Military Medal gazetted 21 January 1918.
LEAMAN, J
M2/204762 Sergeant James Bertie Leaman of "N" Siege Park, the Royal Army Supply Corps. Son of James and Susan Leaman of 29 South View Terrace, Heavitree and husband of Ellen Jane. Born in Heavitree in the March Quarter of 1893. Died 26 November 1918 aged 25. Military Medal gazetted 6 August 1918. Bar gazetted 29 August 1918.
LEAR, R
22138 Lance Corporal Ronald John Lear of the 2nd Battalion, the Devonshire Regiment. Son of John and Sarah Lear of 5 Moor View, Laira, Plymouth. Born in Plymouth in the September Quarter of 1896. Killed in action 27 May 1918 aged 22. Military Medal gazetted 12 July 1918.
LEMON, R
11285 Private Robert Lutz Lemon of the Devonshire Regiment. Son of Henry and Elizabeth Lemon. Born in Kentisbeare in the June Quarter of 1897. Military Medal gazetted 6 July 1917.
LETHBRIDGE, W
240568 Sergeant William Quantick Lethbridge of the 5th Battalion, the Devonshire Regiment. Son of William and Emma Lethbridge of Railway Cottages, Newton Abbot. Born in Kingsteignton in the December Quarter of 1882. Military Medal gazetted 7 February 1919.
LETTEN, E
28485 Sapper Edward John Letten of the Royal Engineers. Son of Henry and Emma Letten. Born in Exmouth in the March Quarter of 1892. Military Medal gazetted 29 August 1918.
LINTERN, F
459362 Private Frank Lintern of the 2nd Field Ambulance, the Royal Army Medical Corps. Believed to be the son of Frederick and Mary Lintern. Born in 1897. Military Medal gazetted 7 February 1919.
LITTLEJOHN, E
260096 Corporal Ernest Littlejohn of the 7th Battalion, the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry. Son of John and Ann Littlejohn. Born in Hartland in the June Quarter of 1893. Military Medal gazetted 13 May 1919.
LOCK, R
30333 Private Richard George Lock of the Devonshire Regiment.  Son of William and Selena Lock. Born in Landkey, nr. Barnstaple, in the March Quarter of 1890. Died 7 November 1918 aged 28.Military Medal gazetted 29 August 1918.
LOSE, L
200089 Sergeant Leonard Cory Lose of the Tank Corps. Son of Richard and Charlotte Lose. Born in Plymouth in the June Quarter of 1891. Military Medal gazetted 22 March 1918.
LOWDEN, J
329196 Sergeant James Robert Lowden of the Royal Garrison Artillery. Son of James and Mary Ann Lowden. Born in Plympton St Mary in the March Quarter of 1883. Military Medal gazetted 14 February 1918.
LUSCOMBE, F
249436 Private Fernley Richard Luscombe of the 5th Battalion, the Devonshire Regiment. Son of Richard and Sarah Luscombe. Born in Plympton in the September Quarter of 1884. Military Medal gazetted 13 May 1919.

 

 
 
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