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DEVON OFFICERS WHO DIED IN THE GREAT WAR

 

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PADDISON

Captain Henry Jepson Paddison of the 4th Battalion, the Worcestershire Regiment. Son of Richard Paddison (a master at Blundells School) and his wife Jane Paddison (née Ratcliffe). Born in Windlesham, Surrey April 1897. Educated at Blundells and Sandhurst. Won the Military Cross shortly after arriving at the front in June 1916. Wounded twice and returned to the Front 1 May 1917. Killed 16 August 1917 aged 20 while  leading his company in an attack. Awarded the Military Cross.

 

His Military Cross citation, dated 22 September 1916, reads as follows:

 

"For conspicuous gallantry during operations. He went over the parapet in broad daylight and brought in a wounded man, who was lying 75 yards from the enemy trenches and 150 yards from our own. The man was severely wounded and had to be carried a few feet at a time."

PALMER
Captain Walter Gerard of the Indian Army, attached to the Royal Flying Corps. Son of Cadwallader Edwards Palmer, an Official of the Indian Government and his wife Florence. Born in Totnes in the December Quarter of 1883. Died 5 March 1916 aged 32.
PARAMORE
Lieutenant Robert Edward Pynsent Paramore of the 1st Battalion, the Devonshire Regiment. Son of the Rev. Joseph Rawle Paramore of Iddesleigh Rectory and his wife Charlotte Jessie P. Paramore (née Mathew). Born in Iddesleigh in the June Quarter of 1896. Educated at Sandhurst. Killed in Action 23 July 1916 aged 19.
PARKHOUSE
Lieutenant Oscar Parkhouse of the 4th Battalion, the Devonshire Regiment. Son of Edward and Florence Parkhouse (née Palmer) of Sandwich, Saskatchewan. Born in Plymouth in the March Quarter of 1886. Died 18 November 1918 aged 32.
PARSONS
Captain Alfred Cyril Parsons of the 3rd Battalion, the Somerset Light Infantry, late of the 19th Battalion, the Royal Fusiliers. Son of John and Florence Jane Parsons and brother of Samuel Parsons (see below). (His father ran Collingwood House, a private school in Heavitree, and had seen service with the Royal Fusiliers). Born in Heavitree in the March Quarter of 1893. Died 29 March 1918 aged 25.
PARSONS
Lieutenant Samuel Reginald Parsons of the 2nd Battalion, the Wiltshire Regiment. Son of John and Florence Jane Parsons of Heavitree and brother of Alfred Parsons (see above). (His father ran Collingwood House, a private school in Heavitree, and had seen service with the Royal Fusiliers. Born in Heavitree in the June Quarter of 1896. Died 9 April 1917 aged 20.
PARTRIDGE
Lieutenant Wilfred Issell Partridge of the 10th Battalion, the Devonshire Regiment. Son of Richard Issell  and Laura Sarah Jane Partridge (née Mugford). Born in Heavitree in the June Quarter of 1891. Educated at Hele's School. Died 24 April 1917 aged 25.
PASTFIELD
2nd Lieutenant James Thomas Robinson Pastfield of the 5th Battalion, the Middlesex regiment, attached to the 1st Battalion. Son of John Robinson and (Elizabeth) Olive Pastfield; brother of Victor Pastfield (see below). Born in Exeter St. Thomas in the March Quarter of 1892. Died 21 December 1914 aged 23.
PASTFIELD
Lieutenant Joseph Victor Robinson Pastfield ("Victor") of the 5th/13th Battalion, the Middlesex Regiment. Son of John Robinson and (Elizabeth) Olive Pastfield; brother of James Pastfield (see above). Born in Exeter St. Thomas in the March Quarter of 1898. Served in Sudan, Egypt and Palestine. Died 9 September 1918 aged 20.
PEPYS

2nd Lieutenant Francis Pepys of the 2nd Battalion, the Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry. Son of Captain Arthur Pepys of Budleigh Salterton and his wife Margaret (née Lomax). Born in Budleigh in the June Quarter of 1891. Died 12 November 1914 aged 23. Awarded the DSO.

 

His DSO citation, dated 1 December 1914, reads as follows:

"On 3rd November 1914, he did conspicuous good work in advancing from his trench and assisting in driving away a party of the enemy who were commencing to dig a new trench within 30 yards of his own; 30 of the enemy were shot down on the occasion. He has since been killed in action."

PERKIN
2nd Lieutenant Philip Kenneth Perkin of "A" Coy., 12th Battalion, the Yorks and Lancs Regiment. Son of Emil Scales and Isabell Lillian Perkin (née Bebb). Born in Tiverton in February 1894. Educated at Blundells School. Died 1st July 1916 aged 22. No known grave.
PERRATON
2nd Lieutenant Frank Mayvour Perraton of the Devonshire Regiment, attached to the 22nd Battalion, the Royal Fusiliers. Son of William Henry O. and Rosina Susannah Perraton (née Davy) of 1 Grafton Road, Mutley, Plymouth. Born in Plymouth in the September Quarter of 1898. Died 29 April 1917 aged 20.
PETERS
Lieutenant William John Peters of the 1st Battalion, the Devonshire Regiment. Son of John W. E and Bessie Peters. Born in Ashprington in the December Quarter of 1884. Died 23 April 1917 aged 32.
PIDSLEY
2nd Lieutenant Hayward Gould Pidsley of "A" Coy, the 2nd Battalion, the Rifle Brigade. Son of Hayward Gould and Kate Pidsley (née Cockeram) and member of a well-known Exeter family of brewers. Born in Exeter in the September Quarter of 1896. Died 21 May 1915 aged 20. Commemorated on the Harbertonford War Memorial.
PINE-COFFIN
Lieutenant Tristram James Pine-Coffin of the 3rd Battalion, the Devonshire Regiment. Son of John Richard Pine-Coffin of Portledge, Devon and his wife Matilda (née Speke); husband of (1) Ethel Pine-Coffin (née Fearson) and (2) Sybil Mary Ann (née Plowden). Born in Alwington nr. Bideford in the September Quarter of 1885. Educated at Haileybury.  Left England to set up home at New Portledge, Melsetter, Southern Rhodesia. Fought in the Russian Civil War and was posted missing, believed killed on 23 September 1919 at the age of 33. Commemorated on the Memorial in the Archangel Allied Cemetery.
PITTS-TUCKER
Lieutenant Cecil Mortimer Pitts-Tucker of the 1st Battalion, the Highland Light Infantry. Son of William Edwin and Violet Pitts-Tucker of Barnstaple. Born in Barnstaple in the September Quarter of 1890. Died 20 December 1914 aged 24.
PORT
2nd Lieutenant William Garfield Port of the 1st Battalion, the Devonshire regiment. Son of William Henry and Elizabeth Rowe Port. Born in Exmouth in the June Quarter of 1890. Parents moved to Johannesburg, SA sometime after 1901. William Garfield Port served in the German South West African Campaign (1914 - 1915) with the Witwatersrand Rifles before returning to England to serve in the Devonshire Regiment. He was killed in action 4 October 1917 aged 26.
POWLESLAND
2nd Lieutenant John Northey Julian Powlesland of the 6th Battalion, the London Regiment. Son of John Powlesland, Headmaster of Wallingbrook School and  his wife Annie Galsworthy Powlesland (née Brooks). Born in Chulmleigh in the December Quarter of 1895. Died of wounds 20 September 1916 aged 20.
PREEDY
Captain Alban Preedy of the 2nd Battalion, the Devonshire Regiment. Son of the Rev. Canon Arthur Preedy (Vicar of Saltash) and his wife Beatrice Jane (née Gainsford). Born in Plymouth in the September Quarter of 1892. Member of Jesus College, Cambridge. Died 1 July 1916 aged 23.
PRIESTLEY
Captain Charles Lacey Priestley of the Gloucestershire Regiment. Son of Charles William and Annie Priestley (née Lacey). Born in Torquay in the June Quarter of 1897. Died 11 November 1917 aged 20.
PRINCE
Lieutenant John Cecil Butler Prince of the 9th Battalion, the London Regiment (Queen Victoria's Rifles), attached to the Queen's Westminster Rifles. Son of the Rev. John H. Prince of Braunton and his wife Mary Eleanor (née Munday). Born in Exeter in the June Quarter of 1897. Educated at The Knoll Preparatory School, Woburn Sands and Bradfield College. Died 27 September 1918 aged 21.
PUCKRIDGE
Captain Christopher Francis Hewitt Puckridge of the Devon and Cornwall Light Infantry. Son of the Rev. Oliver Puckridge of Pinhoe Vicarage and his wife Fanny Puckridge (née Hewitt). Born in Bridestow in the December Quarter of 1894. Died 28 March 1917 aged 22.
PUDDICOMBE
Lieutenant Frank Cecil Puddicombe of the 8th Battalion, the Devonshire Regiment. Son of William Henry and Margaret Ellen Puddicombe (née Major). Born in Bideford in the June Quarter of 1897. Killed in action 28 October 1918 aged 21.
PUGSLEY
2nd Lieutenant John Frederick Pugsley of the 1st Battalion, the Devonshire Regiment. Son of John Henry and Florence Kate Pugsley (née Loram). Born in Exeter St. Thomas in the June Quarter of 1896. Died 30 August 1918 aged 22.
A. J. PURKESS
2nd Lieutenant Arthur James Purkess of the 13th Battalion, the Yorkshire and Lancashire Regiment. Son of James and Mary Purkess of Hill Moor, Culmstock. Born in New Malden, Surrey in 1883. Died 1 July 1916 aged 33.
QUICKE

Captain Edward Owen St. Cyres Godolphin Quicke of the 3rd Battalion, the Devonshire Regiment. Son of Ernest Henry Godolphin Quicke of Newton House, Newton Poppleford and his wife Adelaide Mary (née Collins - a New Zealander born in Nelson). Born in Kaikoura, Canterbury NZ, in 1887. Died Saturday 25 October 1914 aged 27 and buried where he fell in the battlefield at Givenchy.

Monuments to Ernest and Adelaide Quicke and their son Edward are to be found in the church of St. Cyr and St. Julitta at Newton St. Cyres. They can be seen by visiting

 

http://www.churchmonumentssociety.org/newfile19.htm

 

RADCLIFFE

Lieutenant-Colonel Jasper Fitzgerald Radcliffe of the Devonshire Regiment, attached to the 10th Battalion of the Essex Regiment. Son of Walter Copleston Radcliffe of Warleigh House, Plympton, and his wife Hannah ("Annie") (née Ellicombe); husband of Emily Maud (née Orpen). Born in Plympton St Mary 18 August 1867. Educated at Pencarwick School and Cheltenham. Served in the South African War and awarded the DSO (gazetted 27 September 1901) and was twice mentioned in despatches; also held the Queen's medal with clasps. Various dates can be found for his death but the War Graves Commission states 31 January 1916. 

His son, Lieutenant Dering John Radcliffe of the Grenadier Guards was killed 13 October 1917 aged 22.

RAYMONT
Lieutenant William Clifton Raymont of the 5th Battalion, the South Wales Borderers. Son of Simeon and Julia Raymont (née Clifton). Born in Tavistock in the September Quarter of 1890. Died 6 May 1917 aged 26.
READ
2nd Lieutenant Edward McCartney Read of the 9th Battalion, the Devonshire Regiment. Son of William McCartney and Ellen Read (née Mason). Born in Silverton in the March Quarter of 1889. Died 2 April 1917 aged 28.
REED
2nd Lieutenant Robert Reed, 1st Battalion, the Devonshire Regiment. Son of John and Edith Reed (née Hayward); husband of Lucy Reed (née Richards). Born in 1876. Died 24 May 1915 aged 40.
RENDLE
Lieutenant Anthony Darley Russel Rendle of the 9th Battalion, the Devonshire Regiment. Son of Charles E. R. and Edith M. Rendle. Born in Plymouth in the March Quarter of 1896. Died 10 October 1917 aged 21.
RICE
2nd Lieutenant Ernest John Rice of the Devonshire Regiment, attached to the 7th Battalion, the Somerset Light Infantry. Son of John and Alice Wheaton. Born in Whimple in the March Quarter of 1892, Died 20 November 1917 aged 26. Missing from the Whimple War Memorial
RICHARDSON
Sub-Lieutenant Alexander John Souter Richardson of the Royal Navy, HMS Invincible. Son of Engineer Rear Admiral John Richardson CB and his wife Elizabeth. Born in Stoke Damerel in the June Quarter of 1897. Died 31 May 1916 aged 19 at the Battle of Jutland.
RIDDELL

2nd Lieutenant William Riddell of the 11th Battalion, the Devonshire Regiment, attached to the 9th Battalion. Son of Thomas and Isabella Ridell (née Jolliff) of Calverleigh; husband of Hilda E. Riddell (née Burrows) of Babbacombe. Born in Calverleigh, nr. Tiverton, in the March Quarter of 1887. Died 1 July 1916 aged 29.

William Riddell was one of the men of the 8th and 9th Battalions of the Devonshire regiment all killed who were all killed on July 1, 1916

RIDER
Sub-Lieutenant Clifford Heath Rider of the Royal Navy, HMS Queen Mary. Son of Engineer Rear Admiral Sydney Rider and his wife Laura Grace (née Blight). Born in Stoke Damerel in the March Quarter of 1897. Died 31 May 1916 aged 10 at the Battle of Jutland.
ROBERTS
2nd Lieutenant Charles Willis Roberts of the 1st Battalion,  the Devonshire Regiment. Son of William Thomas and Jessie Grace Roberts (née Veale) of Plymouth; husband of Agnes Grace Roberts (née Barnes). Born in Paignton in the December Quarter of 1888.
RODD
2nd Lieutenant Charles Bouchier Rodd of the 2nd Battalion, the Devonshire Regiment. Birth registered in East Stonehouse in the September Quarter of 1897. He died 30 October 1916 aged 19,

His medals were sold at auction 3 September 2008 when it was suggested that he was the son of Edward Rodd of Turnworth House in Dorset and his wife Annie but this is not yet confirmed. His name was also linked to Sandhurst.

ROE
2nd Lieutenant Francis Leslie Roe of the 2nd Battalion, the South Lancashire Regiment. Son of Francis Leonard and Mary Roe (née Hutchngs). Born in Totnes in the June Quarter of 1894. Died 7 January 1916 aged 21.
ROGERS

Major Edward Rogers of the 7th Field Company, the Royal Engineers.Son og Captain Henry Rogers of the Royal Navy and his wife Eugenia (née Shortland). Born in Plympton in the September Quarter of 1882. Died 8 December 1916 aged 34. Awarded the Military Cross.

 

His Military Cross citation, dated 14 November 1916, reads as follows:

"For conspicuous gallantry in action. He carried out his work under very heavy fire with great courage and initiative. Later, he rendered valuable service in preparing roads for artillery advance."

ROGERS
Lieutenant Henry Peverell Rogers of the 1st Battalion, the Sherwood Foresters. Son of Captain Henry Rogers, RN Rtd. and his wife Eugenia (née Shortland). Born in Compton Gifford in the December Quarter of 1896. Educated at Blundells School. Died 5 July 1916 aged 19 No known grave.
ROPER

Lieutenant Eric Walter Roper, Adjutant of the 17th Battalion, the Royal Fusiliers. Son of Arthur Charles and Mary Dorothy Roper (née Smith). Born in Exeter in the March Quarter of 1890. Died 12 September 1916 aged 26. Awarded the Military Cross.

 

His Military Cross citation, dated 18 August 1916, reads as follows:

"For conspicuous gallantry when rescuing wounded men and directing stretcher-bearers. He personally carried a badly wounded man from the enemy's wire, though fired at and bombed. He was instrumental in saving many lives."

ROWE
Captain Percy Tom Rowe of the 306th Battalion, the Royal Field Artillery. Son of Thomas and Emma Rowe (née Stone). Born in Exeter in the June Quarter of 1881. Died 30 November 1917 aged 36.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
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