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DEVON OFFICERS WHO DIED IN THE GREAT WAR

 

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GARDNER
2nd Lieutenant Eric Mawdsley Gardner of the 3rd Battalion, attached to the 1st Battalion, the Somerset Light Infantry then attached to the Royal Fusiliers. Son of Henry and Mildred Mawdsley (née Thorpe). Born in Ilfracombe in 1895. Educated at Blundells. Died 10 April 1917 aged 21.
GARNSWORTHY

Lieutenant Charles Stanley Garnsworthy, the Royal Naval Reserve,  HMS Clan McNaughton. Son of Captain Charles Edward Garnsworthy and his wife Maude Emma (née Copplestone); husband of Ethel G. M.  Garnsworthy. Born at Topsham in the December Quarter of 1888. Believed to have died 3 February 1915 aged 26.

 

HMS Clan McNaughton was a merchant ship which was requisitioned in 1914 and hastily (and badly) converted to a fighting ship. Early in the morning of 3 February, the radio operator called in and reported very severe gales and stormy conditions - nothing more was ever heard from the ship. Later, wreckage was found but the exact time its sinking is not known. On board were 20 officers and 261 ratings - all of whom lost their lives.

GERMAN
Captain William Henry German of the 1st/6th Battalion, the Devonshire Regiment. Son of William Bird and Clara Sherwood German (née Trigg). Born in Okehampton in the December Quarter of 1886. Died 16 March 1916 aged 29.
GIBSON
Lt-Col. Harold Gibson of the 71st Field Ambulance, the Royal Army Medical Corps. Son of Surgeon Lt. (Retired) George John Gibson and his wife Laura of Totnes; husband of Maude Mary Gibson (née Smith). Born in India in 1884. Died 17 October 1917 aged 33. Awarded the DSO.
GILL
Captain Basil Every Gill, Adjutant of the 2nd Battalion, the Yorkshire Regiment. Son of Thomas Husband and Beatrice Gill (née Every). Born in Devonport in the December Quarter of 1893. Died 18 October 1916 aged 23.
GOLDSMITH
Lieutenant Henry Mills Goldsmith of the 1/5th Battalion of the Devonshire Regiment, attached to the 2nd Battalion, the Lincolnshire Regiment as ADC. Son of John Philip and Elizabeth Goldsmith (née Mills); husband of Sybil E. Goldsmith of Rockmoor, Yelverton. Born in Compton Gifford 22 July 1885. Educated at Jesus College, Cambridge. Member of the University Boat Club team at the 1908 Olympic Games  Killed in action 9 May 1915 aged 29 - his remains were never recovered.
GOODMAN
Captain Harold Henry Goodman of the 3rd and 2nd Battalions, the Devonshire Regiment. Son of Albert Venning and Bessie Goodman. Born in Tavistock in the December Quarter of 1889. Killed in action 16 August 1917 aged 27.
GOULD
2nd Lieutenant Eric Melville Gould of the 3rd Battalion, the Devonshire Regiment, attached to the 2nd Battalion. son of Claude William Shepard Gould of Barnstaple and his wife Elizabeth (who was a British Subject born in Chile). Born in Barnstaple in the June Quarter of 1893. Killed in action 1 July 1916 aged 23.
GOULD
Sub-Lieutenant William Henry Felix Gould, Royal Navy, HMS Stephen Furness. Son of Charles and Ada Jane Gould (née Pearce). Born in Whitchurch in the March Quarter of 1894. H.M.S. Stephen Furness was sunk by an enemy submarine in the Irish Channel 13 December 1917 with the loss of six officers and 95 men. William Gould died in this incident aged 24.
GRACEY
Captain Horace Charles Gracey of the 1st Battalion, the Rifle Brigade. Son of Robert and Edith Georgina Gracey (née Lloyd) of Exwick House, Exeter. Born in Exeter in the September Quarter of 1893. Died 18 October 1916 aged 23.
GRANT
2nd Lieutenant Harold Duncan Grant of the 1st Battalion, the Devonshire Regiment. Son of Emanuel Richards and Mary Jane Grant (née England). Born in Devonport in the June Quarter of 1899. Died 27 March 1919 aged 19.
GREGORY
Lieutenant Stephen ("Stephan on his school memorial) Barnes Gregory of the 4th Battalion, the Devonshire Regiment. Son of Alfred Thomas Gregory, Editor of the Tiverton Gazette and sometime Mayor of Tiverton, and his wife Ada (née Barnes). Born in Tiverton in the March Quarter of 1895, he was their only son. Educated at The Leys School, Cambridge and Clare College. In April 1916 he was made a prisoner of war in Mesopotamia and taken to Mosul where he eventually died of enteric fever on 3 June 1916 aged 21.
HACKER
Captain Norman Hacker of the 2nd Battalion, the Dorset regiment. Son of Sidney and Leila Hacker (née Kendall or Kendell). Born in Newton Abbot in the September Quarter of 1890. Local newspapers reported at the time of  his death that he was "well-known as a Devon County Rugby footballer". Died 26 October 1917 aged 27. Buried in the Baghdad North Gate Cemetery.
HALDANE
Captain Laurence Aylmer Haldane of the 2nd Battalion, the Northamptonshire Regiment. Son of Alexander and Edith Ellen Haldane (née Taylor). Born in Plymouth in the September 1883. Died 2 April 1916 aged 32.
HAMBLY
2nd Lieutenant Alan Gordon Hambly of the 1st Battalion, the Devonshire regiment. Son of Charles Gilbert and Alice M. Hambly (née Ellery). Born in Plymouth in the June Quarter of 1898. Died of wounds 22 May 1917 aged 19. Buried in Efford Cemetery at Plymouth
HAMBLY
2nd Lieutenant Dudley Charles Charles Hambly of the 6th Battalion, the Dorset Regiment. Son of Alfred George and Julia Hambly. Born in Plymouth in the September Quarter of 1891. Died 14 May 1917 aged 26.
HANNAFORD
2nd Lieutenant Stanley John Hannaford of the 1st Battalion, the East Lancs Regiment. Son of Charles John and Eva Emma Hannaford (née Tarr). Born in Chulmleigh in the December Quarter of 1896.  Died 5 October 1917 aged 20.
HANNAFORD

Additional information supplied by a family member.

2nd Lieutenant William Allan Hannaford of the 5th Battalion, the Somerset Light Infantry. Son of William and Bessie Hannaford (née Allen). Born in Newton Abbot in the September Quarter of 1898. Died 23 November 1917 aged 19 in Jerusalem. Mentioned in Despatches. 

HARDING
Lieutenant Lionel Cox Harding of the 5th Mountain Battery, the Royal Garrison Artillery (90th Heavy Battery). Son of Robert Olive Denman Harding, a Judge in the Indian Civil Service and Mrs. S. L. Harding (née Cox.) Born  at 10 Kingsley Terrace, Westward Ho! on 23 August 1895. Educated at Blundells and Haileybury. Died of wounds received 16 June on 18 June 1915 aged 19.
HARRIS
2nd Lieutenant Walter Lewis Harris of the 10th Battalion, the Devonshire Regiment. Son of Helen Harris of Newton Abbot. Born in Newton Abbot in the June Quarter of 1892, Killed in action 10 February 1917 aged 24.
HARRIS
2nd Lieutenant William Edward Harris of the 2nd Battalion, the Durham Light Infantry. Son of William John and Eva Harris (née Denham). Born in Heavitree in the March Quarter of 1894. Educated at Hele's School. Died 19 December 1915 aged 22.
HARRISON
Lieutenant Arthur Montague Baskcomb Harrison of the 96th Field Company, the Royal Engineers. Son of Henry Baskcomb and Mary Ann Harrison. Born in Exeter in the September Quarter of 1889. Died 27 October 1915 aged 26.
HARVEY
Lieutenant Austin Mozart Harvey of the 5th Battalion, the Devonshire Regiment. Son of Mozart James and Mary Grace Harvey (née Commin). Born in Newton Abbot in the September Quarter of 1886. Missing, believed killed, 27 October 1918 aged 32. Awarded the MBE.
HAWKER
Captain Reginald Sudlow Hawker of the Royal 1st Devon Yeomanry, attached to the Machine Gun Corps. Son of Ernest William and Alice Hawker (née Garratt); husband of Esther G. Hawker (née Cross). Born in Buckland Monachorum in the December Quarter of 1889. Died 9 November 1917 aged 28. 
HEARD
Captain Geoffrey Richard Heard of the Royal Army Medical Corps, attached to the Royal Warwickshire Regiment. Son of Richard William and Annie Louisa Heard (née Drawer). Born in Devonport in the June Quarter of 1886. Died 2 July 1916 aged 30.
HEARN
Lieutenant Leonard Webb Hearn of the 6th Battalion, the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry. Son of John Emmanuel and Elizabeth Hearn (née Prowse) of Dartmouth. Born in Dartmouth in the December Quarter of 1890. Died 18 October 1917 aged 27.
HELMORE
2nd Lieutenant Stanley Thomas John Helmore of the 18th Squadron, the Royal Air Force. Son of William Henry and Elizabeth Ann Helmore (née Hayman). Born in Exeter in the June Quarter of 1896. Died 14 May 1918 aged 22.
HEPBURN
2nd Lieutenant Roger Paul Hepburn of the 30th Signal Company, the Royal Engineers.Son of the late Sir Thomas Henry Hepburn and his wife Lady Josephine Hepburn. Born in Bradninch in the September Quarter of 1893. Educated at Rugby School. Died 3 August 1917 aged 24.
HILL
2nd Lieutenant Alec Leslie Hill of the 4th Battalion, the Devonshire Regiment. Son of Henry and Anna Hill (née Endacott). Born in Heavitree in the September Quarter of 1896. Died 28 December 1917 aged 21.
HILL
2nd Lieutenant Reginald Percy Hill of "A" Battery 72nd Army Brigade, the Royal Field Artillery. Son of William and Anna Hill (née Aggett). Born in Okehampton in the December Quarter of 1897. Died 25 August 1918 aged 20.
HINE HAYCOCK
Captain Ralph Hugh Hine Haycock of the King's Own Yorkshire Light infantry. Son of Colonel Ralph Watson Hine Haycock and his wife Margaret Emily (née Parker). Born in Sidmouth in the June Quarter of 1892. Died 3 May 1917 aged 24. His name is commemorated on the War Memorial at Magdalen College, Oxford and on the Roll of Honour at Lord's Cricket Ground.
HOBBS
2nd Lieutenant Reginald George Hobbs of the 11th Battalion, the King's Royal Rifle Corps. Son of Harry William and Mary Elizabeth Hobbs (née Moon). Born in Teignmouth in the December Quarter of 1883. Died 20 September 1917 aged 33.
HODGE
Lieutenant Andrew Buckland Hodge of the 3rd Battalion, the Leinster Regiment. Son of the Rev. John Mackey Hodge of St. Luke's, Plymouth and his wife Jenny (née Langdon). Born in Plymouth in the December Quarter of 1892. Educated at Plymouth College and Exeter College, Oxford. Died 31 July 1917 aged 24.
HOOPER

Lieutenant Stewart Briscoe Dundee Hooper, Royal Navy, of HMS Submarine E4. Son of Harry Dundee Hooper and his wife Agnes Maria Dundee Hooper. Born in Torquay in the December Quarter of 1893. Died 15 August 1916 aged 22.

 

On 15 August 1916, two submarines - E4 and E8 -  collided during a naval exercise off Harwich.  E4, under the command of Lt. Commander J. Tenison sank. The 29 members of the crew all perished. Later their bodies were recovered and buried in a mass grave in the submarine enclosure at Shotley.

HOSKINS
Lieutenant Ronald Hoskins of the Canadian Infantry, the10th Battalion, the Alberta Regiment. Son of William George and Anna Hoskins  (née Thorn) of Exeter. Born in Exeter in the March Quarter of 1888. Died 22 April 1915 aged 27.
HUGHES
2nd Lieutenant Norman Labrey Hughes of the Devonshire Regiment, attached to the 1st Battalion, the Ox and Bucks Light Infantry. Son of Albert and Mary L. Hughes (née Smyth). Born in Tiverton in the March Quarter of 1900. Killed in action 26 September 1919 during the North Russian Campaign aged 19. No known grave but commemorated at Archangel Memorial.
HUISH
2nd Lieutenant Francis ("Frank") Huish of the 5th Battalion, the Devonshire Regiment. Son of William J. and Amelia K. Huish (née Chudleigh) of Exeter. Born in Bradninch in the December Quarter of 1892. Died 28 July 1918 aged 25.
INCHBALD
Acting Captain John Chantry Elliott of the 9th Battalion, the Devonshire Regiment. Son of Charles Chantry and Mary Catherine Inchbald (née Elliott) of the Grey House, Thurlestone. Born in Plymouth in the June Quarter of 1894. Educated at Winchester College and New College, Oxford. Killed in action 2 April 1917 aged 22. Mentioned in Despatches.

 

 

 

 
 
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