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CORYTON'S ROLL OF HONOUR - 1939 - 1946

 

The grave of Private Weight in the churchyard at Coryton

The grave of Private Weight in Coryton churchyard

The inscription reads

2568569 Private M.F.W.Weight of

the Devonshire Regiment Airborne

13 August 1944. Age 29

He will live in our memory until the end of time

At rest, beloved.

Mum and Dad

© Richard J. Brine

 

The following notes have been transcribed from the original Roll of Honour

TWO WHO MADE THE GREAT SACRIFICE

E.  HOWARD

5622320 Sergeant Edward John Howard. Army. Killed in action 25th February 1945. 2nd Regiment, the Reconnaissance Corps. Held the Burma Star; the 1939 - 1945 Star; the Defence Medal and the 1939-1945 Indian Imperial Medal.

M. F. W. WEIGHT
2568569 Private Mons Frederick William Weight of the Devonshire Regiment's Airborne Division. Killed 13 August 1944. Held the 1939- 1945 Star and the Defence Medal. Buried in the churchyard at Coryton.

 

29 WHO SERVED IN VARIOUS WAYS

(Note: James Despencer-Robertson also died but is not included above, presumably because he was not on active service at the time. He is, however, named on the Marystowe War Memorial)

T. NEWMAN
Captain Thomas Newman.. Served six years in the Grenadier Guards at Henley Aerodrome and Wellington Barracks, London. Served in North Africa and Italy. Wounded at Monte Camino ( near Monte Cassino), Italy. Held the Africa Star, the Italy Medal, the 1939 - 45 Star. Mentioned in Despatches.
J. DESPENCER-ROBERTSON

Lieutenant-Colonel James Archibald St.George Fitzwarenne-Despencer-Robertson, OBE; MP; of the Royal Welch Fusiliers. Son of Sir Helenus Robert Robertson and his wife Lady Kate Robertson of Lewdown. His country seat was at Sydenham Damerel nearby. Born in Liverpool 7 November 1886. Died 5 May 1942 aged 55. A serving officer, he was MP for Salisbury at the time of his death and is buried in the village of Newton Tony, Wilts.

W. BLATCHFORD
Captain Walter Blatchford.  Served six years with the  Royal Engineers and the Pioneer Corps. Served in France and England.
I. MILLAR
Flight Lieutenant Ian Reginald Millar of the RAF. Served six years less six days in Fighter Command, Church Fenton.
R. BLATCHFORD
Sergeant Ronald William Blatchford. Served 4½ years with the King's Royal Hussars. Served in France, Belgium, Holland, Germany and the Middle East.
M. ROBERTSON
Aircraftwoman Mary Aline Glynne Robertson of the Women's Auxiliary Air Force. Served one year 1942-1943. Motor Transport. Served in England only.
T. JAMES
Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve. Chief Petty Officer Writer Thomas Maurice James of HMS Euphrates. 6½ years 1939 - 1946. Served in the East Indies, the Persian Gulf and Northern Ireland. Contracted malaria.
F. WEIGHT
Army from 1935 to 1945. First name, rank and number not known. Served in the Army Catering Corps in the UK and abroad. Held the Long Service Medal, the 1939-1945 Star and the Defence Medal.
R. PERKINS
Corporal Rosa Helen Perkins. Served five years in Ack Ack Command at the Group HQ in Bristol, with 55 Brigade in Plymouth and with the 1st Holding Battalion in Ross-on-Wye
R. BRYANT
Army. Corporal Reginald Pullyblank Bryant. Served from 12 December 1939 to 14 July 1946 with the 2nd battalion, the 6th Devonshire Regiment. Transferred to the RASC for Dispatch Rider duties, tank delivery and recovery. Served with the B.E.F, the M.E.F and the C.M.F. Went to North Africa. Wounded in France before Dunkirk; also suffered from desert sores, sandfly bites and jaundice in the Western Desert. Mentioned in Despatches and awarded the 8th Army Emblem in Italy.
T. BROOKS
Gunner Thomas Edward Brooks. Served 6 years 4 months with 153 Field Regiment in France, Africa and Italy.
V. PERKINS
Corporal Violet May Perkins. Number and regiment not known. Served from 17 September 1940 to 3 December 1944 in Reading, London and Tidworthy. Suffered jaundice.
G. LAWRENCE
Private Gwendoline Mary Lawrence of the ATS, attached to the Royal Artillery. Served in Plymouth and Tidworthy. Held the Defence Medal.
S. LAWRENCE
Private Stanley George Lawrence of the 6th Devons attached to the 7th Duke of Cornwall's, the 9th Gloucesters and the Pioneer Corps. Served 6 years 3 months in Northern Ireland, France, Belgium and Germany.
C. LAWRENCE
Leading Aircraftsman Cecil Gordon Lawrence of the RAF. Served 5 years and 4months with Bomber and Coastal Commands in England and the Azores.
A. LAWRENCE
Ada Phyllis Lawrence. Served 2 years as a canteen assistant with the NAAFI at Station Barracks, Plymouth.
W. RICH
Private William James Rich of the Army. Served 5 years in the Royal Army Signals Corps. Served in England, France, Belgium and Germany.
W. WALTERS
Corporal William Alfred Walters of the Devon and Cornwall Light Infantry. Served for 6 years in Germany, France, Holland. Wounded in Germany.
C. PERKINS
Served 4½ years with 40 Royal Marine Commando, mainly in the Middle East.
T. GREEN
Corporal Thomas Edward Green. 2½ years with 873 Plant Squadron, Plant Repair School, mainly in North Africa.
T. MOUNCE
14784945 Lance Corporal Thomas Claude Mounce of the Royal Pioneer Corps. Served from 15 June 1944 to 29 August 1947. Served in Holland, Belgium and Germany. Held the Defence Medal and the France/Germany Star.
R. MOUNCE
Trooper Richard Mounce of the 9th Battalion, the Devonshire Regiment; attached to 61st Reccee Regiment, 14/20 King's Hussars. Served in France, Belgium and Germany. Suffered from jaundice while serving.
J. GODFREY
Private Joan Evelyn Godfrey of the ATS. Served for 4 years at Brentwood, Essex.
V. WOODHOUSE
Private Valerie Elizabeth Woodhouse of the ATS. Served from April 1941 to February 1945 with the 30th Division ATS, COD Hilsea and COD Didcot.
G. RICHARDS
12 years service in  the RAF. Sergeant George Arthur Richards. Served in 68 Squadron, 75 Wing British Expeditionary Force, Desert Air Force, 5 AASF Greece. France 1939-40;Great Britain 1940-1942, Greece 1944-45. Shrapnel wound (right femur) in the Western Desert 1942. Awarded the DFM.
S. MURRAY
Warrant Officer Samuel Murray, RAF Air Crew. Served for 8 years in the British Isles, France and Germany. Captured and sent to camps in Germany and Poland where he suffered from malnutrition.
E. MURRAY
Corporal Eileen Murray of the Women's Auxiliary Air Force. Served for 4 years 9 months at RAF Stations Hanwell, Oldham; and Turnhouse, Gloucester.
J. PERKINS
Sergeant, Acting Warrant Officer John George Perkins. A regular soldier with the 2nd Battalion, the Gloucestershire Regiment who served from start to finish of the war. He worked in bomb disposal and Assault Battle Training and was mentioned twice in Unit Orders.
D. BRODRICK
Trooper Desmond James Brodrick of the 5th Royal Inniskillin Dragoon Guards. Served in Belgium, Holland and Germany.
Coryton Roll of Honour 1939 to 1946
© Richard J. Brine

 

 

 

 
 
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