aged 38, was older than the others. He was a married man with a family. Thomas was born at Holroyd cottage Shebbear in 1881, son of William Brock an agricultural labourer and Elizabeth. In 1891 and 1901 Thomas was living with his parents and siblings in Shebbear.
By 1901, aged 20 he was a boot and shoemaker.
In 1905 he married Francis Tryphena Mair and the couple moved to Bradford. In 1911 they were living at Highstead Inn, Brandis House Bradford where Thomas was a farm labourer.
Two children were born in Bradford.
Thomas is named on the List inside the Church at Buckland Filleigh of those who volunteered, so he enlisted with the 5th Devon Regiment prior to 1916 when conscription was introduced.
He died in India on the 9th January 1919. His widow Francis died in 1933.
His name is commemorated on the Kirkee Memorial (Face D)
In the 2nd World War four men from the Parish went to fight. Bill Harris who was in the Territorial Army before the war, and his younger brothers Frank and Thomas, sons of William and Edith Harris, served with the 6th Devons.
John (Jack) Gent
was the chauffeur at Buckland House.
In 1911 John aged 3, was living with his parents Philip a farm bailiff and Lily his wife at Yard Cottage Peters Marland. He later lived for a time with his married brother Arthur at Smithshill.
2/8/1937 John Gent aged 29 chauffeur son of Philip Gent a farmer, married Louise Margaret Davies aged 22, daughter of Alfred Davies a collier. The witnesses were Thomas and Iris Gent - probably John's siblings. (Possibly Louise was working at Buckland House)
John and Louise had a son born 14/12/1938 and baptised in Buckland Filleigh Church 5/2/1939.
John was a driver with the Royal Army Service Corps (R.A.S.C.). (Army Number T/561 4692)
He died 27/5/1940 aged 32 .
He is buried in the Anzac Cemetery, Sailly Sur La Lys . (Plot2, Row M Joint Grave 4-5)