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BRIDESTOWE 1939 - 1945 WAR MEMORIAL PLAQUE

 
Plaque in the Church

The 1939 memorial Plaque in Bridestowe Church.

©Richard J. Brine

 

 

R.CANN

5619103 Lance Corporal Richard Cann of the 2nd Battalion, the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry.  Son of John and Jane Cann of Bridestowe; husband of Violet Cann of Carshalton. Born in Tavistock in the June Quarter of 1913. Died 13 May 1944 aged 30.

E. J.MOREY

D/SKX 47 Stoker 2nd Class Ernest James Morey of the Royal Navy, HMS Neptune*. Son of Frederick and Ethel Morey of  Bridestowe.  Born in Totnes in the June Quarter of 1922. Died 19 December 1941 aged 19.

Neptune ran into an uncharted minefield and sank with the loss of 764 Officers and men. One man, Able Seaman Norman Walton, managed to stay alive in the water for five days and was rescued eventually by an Italian  Torpedo boat before being sent to an Italian PoW camp where he remained for 15 months. He was finally repatriated in 1943. If you go to the Neptune site

http://www.hmsneptune.com/history1.htm

you can read his amazing story. Neptune's Captain remained on the bridge and was able to flash a warning  to "keep away" signal before Neptune keeled over and sank.

J. ORCHARD
85637 2nd Lieut. John Orchard of the 1st Battalion, the Worcestershire Regiment. Son of Vincent and Nan Orchard of Cheshire. Born in Lambeth 15 November 1928. Died 26 August 1940 aged 21.

 

 
 
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