^ Home
< Back
? Search
Print this page




Devon County

Devonshire Rgt.

Directory Listings





Parish Records




War Memorials



Coldridge Memorial Clock
The Memorial clock  in Coldridge Church tower

This clock is clearly visible from all parts of the village

© Richard J. Brine

From The Western Times

Friday 28th November 1919





"In Coldridge Parish Church yesterday afternoon a special Memorial Service was held for the dedication of a clock and tablet in remembrance of those brave men of the parish who gave their lives in the war. The unveiling of a tablet bearing the names of the men, and the setting of  the clock in motion were performed by Mrs. Lambert, who was accompanied by her husband, the Right Hon. George Lambert M.P. for the South Molton Division. The ceremony was performed in the presence of a large congregation, including all classes and sections of the community.

The memorial is a worthy one, and redounds to the credit of the parish. It has  been raised at a cost of between £260 and £270, practically the whole of which had been contributed previous to yesterday. The clock, which is placed in the tower, was supplied and fixed in position by a well-known Croydon firm. It has a double dial, one facing south and the other west, each dial having a diameter of 6ft. The brass tablet, placed inside the church, has the following inscription: 

1919. Peace Memorial

The clock in the church tower was erected by the present and former parishioners of Coldridge to commemorate those who, counting not their lives dear unto them, died for their country in the Great War, 1914 - 1919


Then follow the names of those who made the great sacrifice:

Private George Parker, 11th Devons

Corporal Herbert Richards 3rd Devons

Private Sam Sloman (Phillips), Australian Imperial Force

Stoker John Vernon, HMS Indefatigable

Private Ernest George Waldron, 5th Dorsets

Private John Kelland Webber, 3rd Devons

Four of these men were members of the church band of ringers.


Memorial Dedication Plaque

The Dedication Plaque quoted above

© Richard J. Brine


The impressive service was conducted by Rev. R. Dickinson Price, Vicar of Coldridge, the dedication being performed by the Rev. W. J. Bradford, Rector of Chawleigh. Just prior to its commencement Mrs. and Mrs. Lambert were met at the church porch by the Vicar, who is chairman of the Memorial Committee, Messrs. F. W. Harris (Treasurer) W. Rounsley (secretary) and R. Brealy, and conducted to a pew specially reserved for them. 

The clock was set to be started at one minute to three, and a few minutes earlier Mrs. Lambert was conducted to the belfry by Mr. John Harris, Vicar's Warden, preceded by the officiating clergy and followed by members of the Memorial Committee. The hymn "Lest we forget" having been sung, the congregation meanwhile turning towards the belfry, the Vicar, on behalf of the Committee, invited Mrs. Lambert to start the clock. this she did by severing a cord which set the pendulum free. She used for the purpose a pair of scissors presented to her by Mr. Harris and on the enclosing case of which was inscribed

"To Mrs. George Lambert, on the occasion of her setting in motion the Memorial Clock, Coldridge, 27th November, 1919."

There ensued a minute's complete silence till the house struck in resonant tones the hour, when Rev. W.  J. Bradford offered a prayer of dedication. The procession then moved to the north aisle for the unveiling of the tablet, Mrs. Lambert being escorted there by Mr. W. Luxton, the People's Warden. The tablet was unveiled by Mrs. Lambert drawing aside two national flags, representing both arms of the Service, the men whose names the memorial bore having belonged to the navy and Army. The inscription and names recorded upon it having been read aloud, and the tablet dedicated by the Rev. W. J. Bradford, Tennyson's hymn, "Crossing the Bar" was sung. Then followed a deeply impressive address by the rector of Chawleigh, at the conclusion of which another special hymn "Evening and Morning" was rendered, the service concluding with the Blessing. Miss A. Harris presided at the organ during the service.

A public tea was laid in the schoolroom. Mr. and Mrs. Lambert sat at a table presided over by Mrs. Price. 

After tea, the Vicar proposed a cordial vote of thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Lambert for their presence that day, and for the part Mrs. Lambert had taken in the memorial service - this was seconded by Mr. R. Brealy."


14592 Private George William Parker (registered at birth as William George) of the 9th Battalion, the Devonshire Regiment. (The Memorial places him with the 11th Battalion but the War Office lists him with the 9th in the official return).Son of William and Mary Parker. Born in Coldridge in the December Quarter of  1894, he died 26 October 1917 aged 23.
15703 Lance Corporal Francis Herbert Richards. The Memorial attaches him to the 3rd Battalion of the Devonshire Regiment but the original War Office list places him with the 8th Battalion. Son of Anthony and Harriet Richards. Born in Coldridge in the September Quarter of 1893. Died 2 April 1917 aged 23.
Private Samuel Phillips of the 25th Battalion, the Australian Infantry. Son of Mrs. Ann Sloman of Peeks Leigh, Coldridge. Born in Coldridge in the March Quarter of 1882. Died 14 November 1916 aged 34.
Stoker 1st Class John Vernon of the Royal Navy, HMS Indefatigable. Son of Robert and Elizabeth Vernon. Born in Coldridge. Died 31 May 1916 aged 22. 
19971 Private Ernest George Waldron of the 5th Battalion, the Dorsetshire Regiment. Son of Samuel  and Phoebe (née Luxton) Waldron, of Stop Gate, Zeal Monachorum. Born in Coldridge in the September Quarter of 1892. Died 10 August 1918 aged 25.
15633 Private John Kelland Webber of the 8th Battalion, the Devonshire Regiment.  Son of John and Elizabeth Webber, of 14, Regent St., St. Thomas, Exeter. Born in Coldridge in the March Quarter of 1894. Died 20 July 1916 aged 22.


^ Home
< Back
? Search
Print this page