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DEVON OFFICERS WHO DIED IN THE GREAT WAR

 

D - F

 

DARKE
Major Hugh Cuff Darke of 220 (Home Counties) Brigade, the Royal Field Artillery.  Son of Arthur James and Emma Darke (née Cuff). Born in Exmouth 10 September 1880. Educated at Mill Hill School. Joined the Devon Artillery Volunteers in 1899.  Died in Lahore 12 July 1916 aged 35. He has no known grave.
DAWE
2nd Lieutenant Richard Henry O'Neill Dawe of the 1st Battalion, the Devonshire Regiment. Son of William and Isabel Dawe. Born in Plymouth in the March Quarter of 1898. Killed in action 13 September 1916 aged 18
DENHAM

Captain George Parsons Denham of the 10th Battalion, the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. Son of John William and Harriet Denham (née Sharland). Born in Exmouth in the March Quarter of 1880. He was an artist with an ARCA degree and is famous for his prints and posters which remain collectable. His style was Art Nouveau and he is, perhaps, best known for the the illustrations he produced for The Irish Fairy Book by Alfred Graves. He died 14 April 1917 aged 37. 

 

Additonal information:

Captain Denham was wounded in the Battle of Arras on 10 April 1917 and died four days later. The Colonel of the Regiment wrote: "The Captain led his Company in the attack most gallantly and was shot by a German officer on reaching his objective."

DENNIS
Captain John Edmund William Dennis attached to 14th Brigade HQ, the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry; Brigade Machine Gun Officer.. Son of John E. and Harriet Dennis (née Edger) of Kennacott, Fremington. Born in Fremington in the June Quarter of 1833. Educated at Uffculme and Exeter School. Died 23 August 1914 aged 31.
DITMAS
Lieutenant Thomas Owen Bulteel Ditmas of the Devonshire Regiment. Son of Major Leonard Ditmas of the Army Pay Department and  his wife Margaret. Born in Plymouth in the March Quarter of 1888. Educated at Kelly College, Tavistock. Died 14 January 1915 aged 28.
DOWNES
Captain Gilbert George Downes of the 6th Battalion, the Lincolnshire Regiment. Son of Daniel George and (Francis) Ellen Downes (née Gilbert; husband of Valentine Joan Downes (née Sasse). Born in Upottery in 1890. Died of wounds received in the Dardanelles 11 August 1915 aged 25. Buried on the Greek island of Lemnos.
EDMONDS
Captain Walter John Edmonds of the 1st/6th Battalion, the Devonshire Regiment. Son of the Rev. Walter John Edmonds, Rector of High Bray and his wife Mary Ann (née Gill); husband of Amy Edmonds (née Smith). Born in High Bray in the December Quarter of 1876. Died 19 May 1919 aged 42. Buried in the churchyard of Holy Trinity, Ilfracombe.
EDWARDS
2nd Lieutenant Clement Edward Alexander Edwards of the Worcestershire Regiment. Son of Colonel Clement Maitland Edwards also of the Worcestershire Regiment and his wife Caroline Mary Edwards (née Bell). Birth registered in Hatherleigh in the September Quarter of 1898. Educated at Blundell's School and Sandhurst. Joined the Worcs in August 1917 then sent out to Macedonia. Invalided home from Salonica early in 1918 then sent to Northumberland for home duties. Died 5 December 1918 of influenza and pneumonia, aged 20. Buried in St. Andrew's Churchyard, Halberton.
FINNEMORE
Lieutenant Percival Edward Finnemore of the 2nd Battalion, the Devonshire Regiment, attached to the 9th Battalion. Son of Edward and Lilian Finnemore. Born in Plymouth in the March Quarter of 1897. Killed in action 26 October 1917 aged 20.
FOX
Lieutenant Commander Charles Leonard Fox, Royal Navy, HMS Mary Rose. Son of Henry Charles and Mary Ann Fox (née Holmden); husband of Eve Fox (née Fox). Born in Plymouth in the March Quarter of 1884. Died 17 October 1917 aged 33.
FRANCIS
2nd Lieutenant Dudley Collins Francis of the 5th battalion, the Yorks and Lancs Regiment. (Returned in 1914 from South Africa and joined the 18th (Public Schools) Battalion, the Royal Fusiliers.) Son of Harry and Alice Mary Francis (née Collins) of Plymouth. Born in Devonport in the September Quarter of 1887. Died 1 December 1916 aged 29.

 

 

 
 
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