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BUCKFASTLEIGH 1939 - 1945 WAR MEMORIAL

 

The 1939 face of the Buckfast War Memorial

The 1939 face of the Buckfast War Memorial

© Richard J. Brine

 

R.F.ARSCOTT
D/KX 9522 Stoker 1st Class Ralph Fernley Arscott of the Royal Navy, HMS Galatea. Son of William  and Gladys Arscott. Born in Buckfast in the September Quarter of 1920. Died 14 December 1941 aged 21.
S.ABBOTT
5625691 Private Sylvester Abbott of the 2nd Battalion, the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry. Son of James and Bessie Abbott. Born in Buckfast in 1915. Died 14 July 1944 aged 29.
L.G.BONATHAN
590806 Warrant Officer/Pilot Lewis Clifford Bonathan of the RAF 608, Squadron. Son of Lewis and Beatrice Bonathan; husband of Marie Bonathan of Lee-on-Solent, Hampshire. Born in Buckfast in the June Quarter of 1917. Died 20 April 1942 aged 25.
A.R.BOON
1151734 Aircraftman 1st Class (Arthur) Reuben Boon of the RAF VR. Son of Arthur and Mary Boon; husband of Doreen Boon. Born in Buckfast in 1916, Died 12 April 1941 aged 25. Buried in Holy Trinity Churchyard.
P.N.BUTLER
4126647 Gunner Philip N. Butler of the Royal Artillery. Son of Fred and Eva Butler of Buckfast. Born in Plymouth in 1918. Died 11 August 1944 aged 26.
G.E.CASTLE
5628922 Private George Edwin Castle of the 6th Battalion, the Green Howards (the Yorkshire Regiment). Son of Joseph and Emma Castle. Born in Holborn, London in 1915.  Died between 16 and 17 March 1943 aged 28.
W.G.CHAFFE
5622033 Private Walter George Chaffe of the Queen's Royal Regiment. (the West Surreys). Son of Frederick and Mary Chaffe. Born in Buckfast in the June Quarter of 1896. Died 5 June 1942 aged 44.
D.C.DOULTON
170265 2nd Lieutenant Derek C. Coulton of the Royal Armoured Corps; attached to the Royal Tank Regiment. Husband of Sylvia Coulton. Born in Buckfast in the September Quarter of 1913. Died 5 June 1942 aged 29.
J.DOWNIE
Believed to be Bombardier James Alexander Downie of the Royal Artillery who was born in Plymouth in 1919 and died 24 August 1943 aged 24. No other information is available about this man.
R.B.FLEMING
36253 Major Robert Blyth Fleming of the 7th Battalion, the Royal Tank Regiment, the Royal Armoured Corps. Son of Robert and Ethel Fleming; husband of Marjorie Fleming. Born in Buckfast in 1908. Died 10 July 1944 aged 36.
R.E.PERRY-HOOK
Lieutenant Raymond Edward Perry-Hook of the RNVR. Son of Thomas and Esther Perry-Hook; husband of Ethna Perry-Hook of Stoke Gabriel. Born in Buckfast in 1910. Died 31 December 1942 aged 32.
D.W.LANE
574072 Warrant Officer/Pilot Derek William Lane of the RAF, 272 Squadron. Son of Frederick and Harriet Lane of Buckfast. Born in Buckfast in 1922. Died 11 December 1944 aged 22.
C.E.LOCKE
N 390946 Private Charles Lionel Escott Locke of the Central Ordinance Depot, the Australian Army Ordnance Corps.  Son of Gabriel and Elizabeth Locke; husband of Bethel Locke of Burwood,, Born in Australia in 1889. Died 16 October 1943 aged 54.
J.H.F.MOAT
44113 Major John Henry Frothingham Moat of the Green Howards. Son of Mr and Mrs John Moat of County Antgrim, Northern Ireland; husband of Norrie Moat of Hampshire. Born in Belfast in 1917. Died 26 January 1942 aged 35.
B.C.PARSONS
PLY 16077 Marine Bernard Cuthbert Parsons serving on SS Severn Leigh (aka HMS President III). Son of Charles and Louisa Parsons of Buckfast. Born Buckfast in 1896. Died 25 August 1940 aged 44 when his ship was sunk by U37.
A.H.N.D.PRENDERGAST M.C.
69070 Major Artthur Harry North Dalrymple Prendergast M.C.of the Royal Engineers. Son of Arthur and Margaret Prendergast; husband of Bridget Prendergast of Ashburton. Born in Marylebone, London, in June 1916. Died April 9 1943 aged 27.
O.J.PULFORD
1852074 Sergeant /Flight Engineer Oliver James Pulford of the RAF VR, 625 Squadron. Son of James and Ethel Pulford of Buckfast. Born in Buckfast in 1926. Died 14 January 1945 aged 19.
W.J.H.RICE
PLY/X 100348 MarineWilliam John Henry Rice serving on HMS Prince of Wales. Son of William and Sarah Rice; husband of Edith Rice of Buckfast. Born in Buckfast in 1913. Died 10 December 1941 aged 28.
H.SMAILES

(All documents say the name is SMALE)

D/LX 22532 Steward Hedley Norman Smale of the Royal Navy, HMS Squirrel. Son of Ethel Adams (formerly Smale) and stepson of Claude Adams ; twin brother of Arthur (see below).  Born in Launceston in the June Quarter of 1914. Died 24 July 1945 aged 31.
A.C.SMAILES

(ALl documents say the name is SMALE)

LT/LX Steward Arthur Charles Smale of the Royal Navy Patrol Service.  Son of Ethel Adams (formerly Smale) and stepson of Claude Adams ; twin brother of Hedley (see above).   Born in Launceston in the June Quarter of 1914.  Died 20 January 1943 aged 29.
A.V.TAPPER
D/345717 Shipwright 2nd Class Albert Victor Tapper of the Royal Navy, HMS Courageous. Next of kin not yet identified. Born in Devonport 2 April 1888. Died 17 September 1939 aged 51.
M.G.TURNER
PLY/X 2507 Marine Maurice George Turner, serving on HMS Gloucester. Next of kin not yet identified. Born in Birkenhead in 1906. Died 22 May 1941 aged 32 when his ship was lost.
H.WALTERS
Very little information seems had been confirmed for this man. A Harold Walters (born in Devon) is listed in the casualty list  of HMS Neptune as having lost his life 19 December 1941 when Neptune was sunk. As a child, Harold Walters  was adopted by Constance Dawson. We should like to hear from anyone who has more information than this.
S.WAYE
D/LX 22471 Steward Sidney Edwin Waye of the Royal Navy, HMS Courageous. Son of Albert and Eva Waye. Born in Buckfastleigh in the June Quarter of 1918. Died 17 September 1939 aged 21.
A.WILLIAMS
390156 Sapper Edwin Henry Weeks of the 225th Field Coy, the Royal Engineers. Son of Frederick and Hilda Weeks of Buckfast. Born in Buckfast in 1916. Died 22 October 1944 aged 28.
W.N.C.WOOLACOTT

(Also sometimes spelt WOOLLACOTT)

S/JX 357026 Ordinary Telegraphist William Norman Charles Woolacott of the Royal Navy, HM LCT(R)457. Son of William and Violet Woolacott . Born in Buckfast in the March Quarter of 1924. Died 5 November 1944 aged 20 when his ship was lost..
J.F.O.YATEMAN
1256684 Leading Aircraftman John Frederick Owen Yateman of the RAF VR. Son of Frederick and Elizabeth Yateman. Born in Lymington Hants in the March Quarter of 1922. Died 7 January 1944 aged 22.

 

 
 
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