was baptised 18/10/1895 in Buckland Filleigh, the third son of William, a labourer, and Jane, his wife, of the Bartons. William was a carter.
William was born in Shebbear and Jane was born in Peters Marland.
In 1880 William had married Jane Luxton in the Registration District of Torrington.
William was the Sexton at Buckland Filleigh Parish Church.
In 1901 William and Jane had 4 sons - William a gardener aged 20, Thomas aged 12, Frank aged 5, and Alfred aged 2, and two daughters who all lived at Barton House. In 1911 William and Jane had been married for 31 years. Only Alfred aged 12 was still living with his parents.
All four sons fought in the War and two died.
Frank was a Private in the 6th Battalion (Territorials), the Devonshire Regiment (number 2353)
He was killed in action in Mesopotania (modern Iraq) on 8/3/1916 aged 20.
He is commemorated on the Basra Memorial (Panel11)
John Alfred Badcock
The youngest son of William and Jane was baptised 7//8/1898 in Buckland Filleigh .
He was a Private in the 7th Battalion of the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry. (Number 202766.) Alfred was killed in Belgium at Langemarchon 27/9/1917 in the Battle of Passchendale.
He was 19 years old. He is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial
(Panel 80-82 and 163 A)
Zonnebeke. This is a memorial to the soldiers missing in Flanders
A great grandaughter of William and Jane stated
”My grandmother was one of the 2 sisters living at home during the 1st World War. I remember Uncle Bill (William) and Uncle Tom and I remember my grandmother would talk about her brothers that were killed in WW1.”