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BROADCLYST  - THE WAR MEMORIAL - WORLD WAR 1

 

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Broadclyst War Memorial

©Richard J. Brine

Most World War 1 Memorials list names in alphabetical order, death being the great leveller. On the Memorial tablet inside the Church of St. John the Baptist in Broadclyst, the men are strictly segregated according to rank - officers, non-commissioned officers and men - each has a separate listing. 

To the original rectangular panel on which the First World War dead are remembered, a smaller, shaped panel was added below, after World War 2, to form a unified monument. The upper part is headed with the words:

TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND IN REMEMBRANCE OF OUR MEN WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR ENGLAND AND FOR FREEDOM IN THE GREAT WAR 1914 - 1919.

The later, curved panel below contains an alphabetical listing and is headed by these words:

IN MEMORY OF THESE MEN WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES 

IN THE CAUSE OF HUMAN FREEDOM 1939 - 1945.

 

1914 TO 1918

OFFICERS

 

REV. HENRY S. ALLEN

2nd Lieutenant Henry Somerset Allan MA of the 6th Battalion, the London Regiment; also of the Somerset Light Infantry.  Son of the Rev. George Allan and his wife and Henrietta (née Kelly). Born in Puckington, Somerset, in 1883. Died of wounds in France 2 October 1916 aged 33. Graduate of Oxford University. Served 12 years as a Private and NCO.

HENRY CHAMBERS
2nd Lieutenant Henry Chambers of the 1st Battalion, the Cambridgeshire Regiment. Son of Thomas and Mary Chambers of Broadclyst. Born 1881 in Broadclyst. Died 11 August 1918 aged 34.

NORMAN D. FERGUSON

2nd Lieutenant Norman Douglas Ferguson of the 8th Coy, the Labour Corps. Son of Mrs. A. Ferguson. Born 1888 in Ceylon. Died 1 July 1919 aged 31. His connection with Broadclyst is not yet known.

ALLAN B. HAY-WEBB

Captain Allan B. Hay-Webb of the 1st Regiment of the 5th Ghurkha Rifles. Son of Charles and Lucy Hay-Webb of India and Hay House, Broadclyst. Born 1886 in Bihar, India. Died 23 August 1915 aged 29. Brother of Robert below.
ROBERT F. HAY-WEB
Charles Robert Forbes Hay-Webb of B Battery, the Royal Field Artillery. Son of Charles and Lucy Hay-Webb of India and Hay House, Broadclyst. Born 1894 in Samastipur, India. Died 28 December 1916 aged 22. Brother of Allan above.
MONTAGUE SANDOE
2nd Lieutenant Montague William Augustus Sandoe of the 9th Battalion, the Devonshire Regiment. Son of John Worden Sandoe and his wife Mary. John Sandoe was the village doctor and medical officer to St. Thomas's Workhouse for many years and lived at Willow Cottage, Broadclyst. Montague was born in 1896. Died 8 May 1917 aged 21.

CHARLES F. SANDOE M.C

Captain Charles Frederick Sandoe of the 1st Battalion, the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry. Son of John and Mary Sandoe and brother to Montague above. Born 1898. Died 30 August 1918 aged 20. Awarded the Military Cross for gallantry in 1918.
FREDERICK S. STAVELEY
Captain Frederick Simpson Staveley attached to the Duke of Wellington's Regiment. Son of Harold and Blanche Staveley and husband of Ursula Staveley. Born 1887 Sep in Driffield, Yorkshire. Died 14 March 1915 aged 27. His connection with Broadclyst is not yet known.

 

A. CECIL WHITAKER
Captain Arthur Cecil Whitaker of the 11th Battalion, the West Yorkshire Regiment. Son of the Rev. Charles Probart Whitaker and his wife Florence. The Rev. Whitaker was Rector of Broadclyst from 1896 until he retired to Exmouth; he was also the Rural Dean. Arthur was born in 1887 in Aylsham, Norfolkshire. He died on 1 January 1916 aged 29 and is commemorated inside Broadclyst Church by a memorial window at the east end of the South Aisle in which the face of his sister features as the Nurse.
Memorial window to Captain Whitaker

 

NON-COMMISSIONED OFFICERS

 

WALTER F. BIRD
Lance Corporal Walter Francis Bird of the 8th Battalion, the Leicestershire Regiment. Son of Thomas and Mary Bird of 1, Railway Cottages, Broadclyst. Born in Broadclyst in the June Quarter of 1892. Died 25 September 1916 aged 24.
ARTHUR ENGLAND
Company Sergeant Major Arthur England, 76th Coy, the Royal Garrison Artillery. Son of Walter and Georgina England of Broadclyst. Born 1883 in Pinhoe. Died 3 November 1918 aged 35.

JOHN EVELEIGH

Sergeant John Eveleigh of the Royal Marine Light infantry on HMS Cleopatra. Son of Isaac and Elizabeth Eveleigh of Little Loxbrooke, Broadclyst. Born 1883 in Broadclyst. Died 4 August 1916 aged 33.

HARRY GARLAND

Lance Corporal Harry Garland of the 3rd Battalion, the Devonshire Regiment. The son of John Garland of Broadclyst. Died 12 December 1917. Buried in the churchyard extension at Broadclyst. 
REGINALD GREGORY
Not yet confirmed
HENRY GREGORY
Not yet confirmed
FREDERICK HAWKINS
Corporal Frederick Hawkins of the 9th Battalion, the Devonshire Regiment. Son of William and Anna Hawkins of Station Road, Broadclyst. Born 1892. Died 1 July 1916 aged 25.

WILLIAM HAWKINS

Not yet confirmed
ERNEST HILL
198998 Sailmaker Ernest Hill of the Royal Navy, HMS Defence. Son of Frederick and Julia Hill of Colyton; husband of Bessie (née Willis) of Doberry Cottage, Killerton, Broadclyst. Born in Colyton 14 December 1881. Died 31 May 1916 aged 34 at the Battle of Jutland..
ERNEST J. LANE
Corporal Ernest John Lane of the 8th Battalion, the Devonshire Regiment. Son of Richard and Rhoda Lane of Laburnum Cottage, Broadclyst. Born 1887 September Quarter in Bradninch. Died 26 October 1917 aged 30.
JOHN G. C. LEAWORTHY
Lance Corporal John George C. Leaworthy of the 1st/4th Battalion, the Devonshire Regiment. Son of Thomas and Elizabeth Leaworthy of Dog Village, Broadclyst. Born 1898 March Quarter. Died 3 February 1917 aged 19.

FRANCIS LITTLEWORTH

Corporal Francis George Selwyn Littleworth of the 72nd Battalion, the Canadian Infantry. Son of William and Matilda Littleworth.  He acquired Canadian nationality but was born at South View, Honiton Clyst in 1894 September Quarter. Died 28 September 1918 aged 24.

CHRISTOPHER REW

Lance Corporal Christopher Rew of the 1st Battalion, the Devonshire Regiment. Son of Richard and Mary Ann Rew of Hillhead, Broadclyst. Born 1898 June Quarter in Broadclyst. Died 4 October 1917 aged 19.
SYDNEY H.  RUTLEY
Lance Corporal Sidney Harry Rutley of the 24th Battalion, the Royal Fusiliers. Probably the son of Henry Rutley who farmed at Ellen Park Farm. Born in 1887 at Barton Regis, Glos. Died 31 July 1916 aged 29.
HARRY SAUNDERS
Not yet confirmed
JOSEPH SELDON
Sergeant Joseph ("Joe") Spiller Seldon of the 2nd Battalion, the Devonshire Regiment. Brought up by William and Sarah Bidder at Tithe Barn Cottage, Broadclyst. Born 1886 September Quarter in Broadclyst. Died 24 April 1918 aged 31. Awarded the Military Medal in 1918.

WILLIAM S. TURNER

Lance Corporal William Scott Turner of the 1st Battalion, the Royal West Surrey Regiment. Son of George and Mary Anne Turner of Broadclyst. Born 1896 September Quarter in Barnet, Herts. Died 26 October 1918 aged 22.

HERBERT H. VICKERY

Lance Corporal Herbert Holland Vickery of the 7th Battalion, the Buffs. Son of William and Elizabeth Vickery of 1 South Lake, Broadclyst (then a market garden). Born 1892 September Quarter. Died 13 July 1916 aged 23.

 

MEN

 

HARRY ANDREWS

Not yet confirmed but believed to be the younger brother of Reginald Andrews below.

REGINALD ANDREWS

Private Reginald Andrews of the 8th Battalion, the Devonshire Regiment. Son of Robert and Emma Andrews of Kerswell Cottage, Broadclyst and husband of Jessie Andrews of Town Hill, Broadclyst. Born in 1882 in Broadclyst. Died 9 May 1917 aged 34.

ARTHUR BLACKMORE

Not yet confirmed

JOHN BRADFORD

Not yet confirmed

ARTHUR J. BULLEY

Private Arthur James Bulley of the 8th Battalion, the Devonshire Regiment. Son of Henry and Henrietta Bulley of Westclyst Cottage, Broadclyst. Born 1894 in Broadclyst. Died 25 September 1915 aged 21.

REGINALD J. BUSSELL

Gunner Reginald John Bussell of the 61st Coy., the Royal Garrison Artillery. Son of Tom and Ann Bussell. Born in Aylesbeare in the December Quarter of 1891 but was brought up in Broadclyst. Died 5 July 1915 aged 24.
CHARLES E. CHAMBERS
Private Charles Edward Chambers of the 1st Battalion, the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. Son of Daniel and Maria Chambers of Beare, Broadclyst. Born in the December Quarter of 1885. Died 4 November 1914 aged 29.
SIDNEY CLATWORTHY
Private Sidney Clatworthy of the 9th Battalion, the Devonshire Regiment. Son of Harriet and Richard Clatworthy. Born in 1890 at Broadclyst. Died 26 October 1917 aged 26.
SIDNEY G. COMER
Private Sidney George Comer of the 9th Battalion, the Devonshire Regiment. He was born in 1893 and shows in the 1901 census living at Broadclyst. He died on 13 July 1916 aged 23.
ERNEST DENSHAM
Private Ernest Densham of the 1st Battalion, the Devonshire Regiment. Husband of Edith Densham. He was born in Meavy in the March Quarter of 1885 but his parentage is unknown as is his connection with Broadclyst.
WILLIE G. DYER
Leading Seaman Willie George Dyer of HMS Vivid. Son of John and Emma Dyer. Born in Whimple in the March Quarter of 1888. Died 29 July 1916 aged 28. Buried in the Churchyard Extension at Broadclyst.
JOE DYER
Private Joe Dyer of the 3rd Battalion, the Coldstream Guards. Son of John and Joanna Dyer of Burrow, Broadclyst. Born in the September Quarter of 1895 at Whimple. Died 3 July 1915 aged 20.
REGINALD EDWARDS
Private Reginald David Edwards of the 19th Battalion, the Devonshire Regiment. Son of David and Mary Jane Edwards of Shermoor House, Broadclyst. Born in the December Quarter of 1883 at Plymouth. Died 13 December 1918 aged 35.
GEORGE FLAY
Private George Flay of the 1st Battalion, the Royal West Kent Regiment. Son of Elizabeth Flay who was born in Broadclyst. Born 1878 in Ottery St.Mary. Died 4 October 1917 aged 39.
HENRY GATES
Not yet confirmed
JOHN H. GENT
Believed to be John Henry Gent, son of Frederick Gent who farmed at Mosshayes, Pinhoe. John was born in 1896 at West Monkton. Two men of this name are listed by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission - neither can be positively identified as being this man.
WILLIAM J. GREGORY
Private William J. Gregory of the 74th Coy., the Machine Gun Corps. Son of George and Lucy Gregory of Broadclyst and husband of Gertrude of Southernlake, Broadclyst. Born in 1885. Died 25 August 1916 aged 31. Brother of Henry Gregory (see NCO listing.)
ELIAS HARRIS
Private Elias Harris of the 8th Battalion, the Devonshire Regiment. Son of William and Annie Harris of Primrose Cottage, Broadclyst. Born in Broadclyst in the June Quarter of 1898. Died 25 September 1915 aged 17.
THOMAS HINNEM
Private Thomas Hinnem of the 1st Battalion, the Devonshire Regiment. Son of John and Emma Hinnem of New Buildings, Broadclyst. Born in Broadclyst in the September Quarter of 1895. Died 4 October 1917 aged 22.
ROBERT J. HOUGHTON
Private Robert James Houghton of the 9th Battalion, the Devonshire Regiment. Husband of Alice Maud (née Chenneour) of 4, Railway Terrace, Broadclyst Station. Born in the June Quarter of 1880. Died 28 February 1916 aged 35.
LEWIS HUNT
Private Lewis Hunt of the 6th Battalion, the Dorsetshire Regiment. Son of William and Ann Hunt of Whimple. Born in the September Quarter of 1879. Died 4 November 1918 aged 39.
BERTIE HUTCHINGS
Private Bert Hutchings of the 8th Battalion, the King's Rifle Corps. Son of John and Mary Jane Hutchings of Broadclyst. Born in Broadclyst in the December Quarter of 1887. Died 10 January 1916 aged 28.
JOHN KILGANNON
Drummer John Kilgannon of the 1st Battalion, the Devonshire Regiment. Son of James and Louisa Kilgannon of Exeter and husband of Agnes Kilgannon of the Village, Broadclyst. A veteran of the South African Campaign. Died 20 September 1914 aged 34.
ERNEST P.  LANE
Not yet confirmed. He is known to have lived in Broadclyst as a child and to have been born there in 1894.
JOHN LONG
Private John Long of the 10th Battalion, the Devonshire Regiment. Son of John and Hannah Long of Broadclyst. Born in Spreyton in the December Quarter of 1883. Died 7 December 1916 aged 33.
HENRY J. LYNE
Shoeing Smith Henry James Lyne of the 3rd (King's Own) Hussars. Son of James and Susan Lyne of Sherborne and husband of Lilian Iris Lyne of Beers Cottage, Broadclyst. Born in 1888. Died 26 October 1918 aged 30.
JAMES MADDICK
Private James Maddick of the 7th Battalion, the Somerset Light infantry. Son of James and Jane Maddick of Broadclyst and husband of Alice Maddick of Exmouth. Born 1881. Died 7 June 1918 aged 37.
HARRY MANLEY

Private Harry Manley of "A" Coy, 1st/4th Battalion, the Devonshire Regiment. Son of Walter and Louisa Manley formerly of Ottery St. Mary. Born 1886. Died 3 Feb 1917 aged 31.

It was reported in the Crediton Chronicle that for many years, Harry had lived at the Bampton Inn in Tiverton where he had worked as a tree-feller. His parents received a letter from him only the day before the notification of his death arrived.

WILLIAM J. MILLER
Private William John Miller of the 8th Battalion, the Devonshire Regiment. Son of George and Charlotte Miller of Broadclyst and husband of Edith Harriet Miller of Honiton Clyst. Born in Broadclyst in the March Quarter of 1879. Died 26 October 1917 aged 38.
THOMAS MITCHELL*
Guardsman Thomas Albert Mitchell of the 3rd Battalion, the Coldstream Guards. Son of F. W. Mitchell of The Danes, Broadclyst. Born in Cuckfield, Sussex in the September Quarter of 1895. Died 14 February 1915 aged 20.

FRANK MURCH

Gunner Francis Murch of the Royal Marine Artillery, HMS Indefatigable. Son of  Thomas and Elizabeth Murch and brother of Samuel below.  Born in Clyst St. Lawrence in the March Quarter of 1886. Died 31 May 1916 aged 30.
SAMUEL MURCH
Private Samuel Murch of the 2nd Battalion, the Coldstream Guards. Son of Thomas and Elizabeth Murch. Born in Broadclyst in 1896. Died 5 February 1915 aged 19. Brother of Francis above.
WILLIAM H. PALMER*
Private William Hedley Palmer of the 7th Battalion, the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry. Son of William and Mary Ann Palmer of The Side, Broadclyst. Born in Broadclyst in the June Quarter of 1898. Died 7 November 1919 aged 21. Buried in the Broadclyst Churchyard extension.
LOUIS W. PARDON
Private Louis William Pardon of the 2nd Battalion, the Devonshire Regiment. Son of John and Sarah Pardon and husband of Emily. Born in the June Quarter of 1877. Died 29 November 1917 aged 39. Link with Broadclyst not yet established.
ALBERT RANSOM**
Private Albert Ransome of the 2nd Battalion, the Gloucestershire Regiment. Son of Thomas and Kate Ransome. (In the 1891 census, Kate (née Ash) gave her birthplace as Broadclyst hence the connection). Born in Exwick in the September Quarter of 1890. Died 7 Dec 1916 aged 20.
ERNEST SALTER
Stoker 1st Class Ernest Salter of the Royal Navy. Son of Charles and Elizabeth Salter of 3, Council Houses, Broadclyst. Born in Cullompton in the March Quarter of 1896. Died 2 December 1916 aged 20.
FRANK SALTER
Not yet confirmed
JOHN SELDON
Private John Boutcher Seldon of the 1st Battalion, the Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Son of William and Eliza Ann Seldon of Green Tree, Broadclyst. Born 1894. Died 20 October 1914 aged 20.
THOMAS R. SLUGGETT
Private Thomas Robert Sluggett of the 6th Battalion, the Wiltshire Regiment. Son of Robert and Lydia Sluggett of Broadclyst. Born in the June Quarter of 1898. Died 23 November 1918 aged 20.
WILLIAM E. SLUGGETT
Private William Edward Sluggett of the 101st Field Ambulance, the Royal Army Medical Corps. Son of Robert and Lydia Sluggett of Broadclyst and husband of Olive of Pre, Ste Marie, Crooked River, Saskatchawan. Born 1890. Died 24 April 1917 aged 27. Brother of Thomas above.
ALBERT SELLICK
Private Albert ("Bertie") Sellick of the 6th Battalion, the Dorsetshire Regiment. Son of William and Rosina Sellick and husband of Lily Sellick of Station Rd, Broadclyst. Born in Heavitree, Exeter in the December Quarter of 1887. Died 17 January 1917 aged 30.

JOHN STADDON

Rifleman John Henry Staddon of the 7th Battalion, the King's Royal Rifle Corps. Son of Charley and Emily Staddon of Broadclyst. Born in Broadclyst in the December Quarter of 1897. Died 21 April 1917 aged 19.
EDWARD STONE
Private Edward Stone of the Royal Marine Light Infantry, HMS Monmouth. Son of Alfred and Emma Stone of Culm John Lodge. Born in Rewe in the June Quarter of 1894. Died 1 November 1914 aged 20.
THOMAS THORNE
Private Thomas Thorne of the 1st Battalion, the Coldstream Guards. Son of Thomas  and Martha Thorne (née Priddle) of Fords Court, Budlake. Born in Broadclyst in the March Quarter of 1891. Died 25 January 1915 aged 23.
ALBERT E. WESTERN
Private Albert Edward Western of the 8th Battalion, the Devonshire Regiment. Son of Walter and Susan Western of Danes Cottage, Broadclyst. Born in 1892. Died 25 September 1915 aged 23.
FREDERICK WHITE
Private Frederick White of the 1st/4th Battalion, the Devonshire Regiment. Son of Thomas and Mary White of Dog Village, Broadclyst. Born in Exminster in 1888. Died 20 July 1916 aged 28.
JOHN WILLEY
Private John Henry Willey of the 15th Battalion, the Hampshire Regiment. Son of John and Mary Ann Willey of the Forest, Broadclyst. Born in Whimple in the June Quarter of 1899. Died 9 August 1918 aged 19.
WILFRED A. WILLIS***
Private Wilfred Albert Willis of the 1st Battalion, the Coldstream Guards. Son of Louis and Clara Willis of Broadclyst. Born in Broadclyst in 1895. Died 14 October 1916 aged 21.
ERNEST R. WILLIS
Private Ernest Richard Willis of the 1st/4th Battalion, the Devonshire Regiment. Son of Henry and Eliza Ann Willis. Born in Clyst St. Lawrence in the September Quarter of 1890. Died 27 Jul 1916 aged 25.
ROBERT H. WILLIS

A current family member has kindly supplied more information as follows:

Robert Henry Willis was the brother of Ernest above and son of Henry and Eliza Ann Willis. He was born 16th March 1888  in Clyst St. Lawrence and was the eldest of 6 sons His occupation at the time of his enlistment was given as 'farmer', and he was not married.

He enlisted on 16th January 1915 in Kingston, Ontario and served as a private in the 21st (Eastern Ontario) Btn. of the Canadian Infantry. He is recorded as having died on 15th April 1917 and is buried at Lapugnoy Military Cemetery near Bethune. This was shortly after the Battle of Vimy Ridge (9 - 12th April).  

 

* William Palmer's name appears at the end of the list on the actual Memorial

** Various documents show that this name was generally spelt "RANSOME" and not as shown on the Memorial.

** *The Memorial refers to "William A. Willis" but no person of this name has been traced to Broadclyst. The correct name should have been "Wilfred A. Willis" who can be traced to these parents through the 1901 census and through the Commonwealth War Graves listing.

 

 
 
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