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Devon County

Devonshire Rgt.

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War Memorials

THE 1939 - 1945 WAR MEMORIAL


1939 casualties

The 1939 names are on the lower level of the 1914 Memorial

© Richard J. Brine



89762 Wing Commander Paul Temple-Cotton of the RAF VR. Second son of Harold and Lucy Temple Cotton. Born in Runcorn in 1912. Died 3 June 1943 aged 31. Commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

His elder brother Rafe, and his mother Lucy Cotton were known supporters of Oswald Mosley and the Black Shirts.

His mother lived at Hill Arrish (Bulstone) and was invited to Buckingham Palace to receive Paul's D.F.C which he won for his actions in the Middle East on 13 June 1942. Brother Rafe accompanied his mother on this visit to London but both were kept under close surveillance throughout the duration of the war.

It seems that Paul did not spend much time in the village. Just before his death, Wing Commander Temple Cotton had a short home leave in May 1943 when he had been invited to say a few words at a Wings for Victory event in the village and greatly impressed all present by his modesty and sincerity.

89603 Pilot Officer John Malcolm Graham of the RAF VR. Died 28 July 1941, age unknown. Commemorated on the Runnymede memorial.

(The Ministry of Defence has still not released this man's records.)

5620796 Private Eric Peter Hutchings of the 1st/4th Battalion, the Royal Hampshire Regiment. Son of Alfred and Lucy Hutchings of Branscombe. Born in Branscombe in 1920. Died 4 September 1944 aged 24.


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