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Buckland Filleigh 1914 War Memorial transcribed by Jane Taylor


The War Memorial in Buckland Filleigh stands in the Churchyard by the entrance to the Parish Church. The names of the men of the Parish who died on active service in the 1st World War are inscribed  on the memorial :


Frank Badcock - Mesopotamia 1916

Alfred Badcock - France 1917

Hubert Barriball - France April 1917

Frederick Barriball - Belgium 1917

Thomas Brock - India 1919

Samuel Glover - Mesopotamia 1917


The population of Buckland Filleigh was 173 in 1911 (92 males). By 1921, the population had fallen to 147 so there were probably about 160 people living in the Parish during the 1st World War.


Arthur Scott Browne and 25 young men from Buckland Filleigh are listed as volunteers in His Majesty's Forces. There are two names on the War memorial of younger men who only reached fighting age during the War and so were presumably conscripted. Alfred Badcock and Frederick Barriball were only 19 when they were killed in 1917. There were probably other youngsters who also served towards the end of the conflict and returned home. Thus possibly more than 30 men were involved, with almost every young man in the Parish serving in the Forces. Six parishioners, including two sets of brothers, never returned from the fighting - a terrible tragedy for such a small place.


(Five young men from Shebbear lost their lives in the War. The population of Shebbear was more than four time greater than that of Buckland Filleigh.)

Picture to be inserted later

Buckland Filleigh War Memorial in the churchyard

© M.J.Taylor

Frank Badcock

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.”



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