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Any comments by Major Smith are in italics and precede the original entry 

which should be read in the light of these comments

F. D. BLANDY MC
Lieutenant Francis Dawson Blandy of the 24th (Wessex) Field Ambulance, the Royal Army Medical Corps. Son of Henry and Helen Blandy. Qualified as a doctor 23 February 1900. Born in Nottingham in 1875. Died 14 August 1917 aged Died 14 August 1917 aged 42. Awarded the Military Cross.
T. DUNCAN
Major Thomas Duncan of the 24th (Wessex) Field Ambulance, the Royal Army Medical Corps. Husband of Isabella Duncan. Born in Auchtermuchty, Fife, in 1861. Died of wounds received in Exeter in the June Quarter of 1921 aged 61.
C. DE LA BERE
Captain Adjutant of the Royal Garrison Artillery, 66th "Y" Brigade, HQ; formerly attached to the 24th (Wessex) Field Ambulance, the Royal Army Medical Corps., . Son of the Reverend John de la Bere and his wife Elizabeth formerly Rector of Woolfardisworthy, Devon. Born in Charlton Kings in 1890. Died 10 September 1918 aged 28.
R. SUSSEX
2nd Lieutenant Reginald Arthur Sussex of the 4th Battalion, the Yorkshire Regiment (formerly Private 224 of the RAMC), attached to the 1st Battalion, the York and Lancs Regiment. Son of William and Augusta Norah Sussex (née Sillick).  Born in Dartmouth in the September Quarter of 1889. Missing,  believed killed in action, 20 March 1917 aged 24. 
E. A. BASTIN MM
Sergeant Ernest Albert Bastin of the 1st/24th (Wessex) Field Ambulance, the Royal Army Medical Corps. . Son of the late Joseph and Mary Ann Bastin; husband of the late Clara. Born in St. Thomas, Exeter in 1884. Died 3 March 1921 aged 37. Buried in Exwick Cemetery. Awarded the Military medal.
A. V. PENBERTHY MM
Corporal Albert Victor ("Bertie") Penberthy of the 1st/24th (Wessex) Field Ambulance, the Royal Army Medical Corps., . Son of Charles and Elizabeth Ann Penberthy.  Born in Exeter in the September Quarter of 1887. Died of wounds in Exeter aged 35  in the June Quarter of 1923 .Awarded the Military Medal.
A. BAKER

"This would appear to be Austin Baker but his service records survive and show that he did not serve in the 24th at any time but was with Birmingham's 2nd South Midland Field Ambulance. (The 3rd SMFA were Bristol based and another of our antecedents). However, I have not yet found another soldier to "fit" but would still not be happy to say that this is the man."

 

437111 Private Austin Baker 1st/24th (Wessex) Field Ambulance, the Royal Army Medical Corps., . Son of Thomas and Sarah Baker. Born in Winson Green, Warks, in 1894. Died 9 August 1917 aged 23.

F. H. BAILEY
1914 Private Frederick Henry Bailey of the 1st/24th (Wessex) Field Ambulance, the Royal Army Medical Corps. Son of Robert and Annie Bailey. Born in Exeter in the September Quarter of 1894. Died 1 July 1916 aged 22.
A. C. J. BODEN

"This man's service records survive in his mother's name of FINLAY. He was not born a Boden but as Arthur Charles James Finlay, was born in Whitechapel in 1896, his mother being Lucy, his father Arthur. But Arthur disappeared from the scene and Lucy married William Herbert Boden and later emigrated to Australia."

 

457270 Private Arthur Charles James Boden of the 1st/24th (Wessex) Field Ambulance, the Royal Army Medical Corps. Son of William Henry and Lucy Boden of Exeter. Born in Chesterfield in the December Quarter of 1896. Died 19 November 1917 aged 21.

F. W. BOND
1275 Private Frederick William Bond of the 1st/24th (Wessex) Field Ambulance, the Royal Army Medical Corps. Son of William and Bessie Bond of Old Town Street, Dawlish. Born in Devonport in 1895. Died 23 may 1915 aged 20.
H. J. H. CARDER
457328 Private Harold John Hutchings Carder of the 1st/24th (Wessex) Field Ambulance, the Royal Army Medical Corps. . Son of James and Emma Carder of Exmouth. Born in Exmouth in the June Quarter of 1894. Died 30 December 1917 aged 23.
C. E. CARR

"I still have some more work to do for him but I am almost certain that his parents are not Charles Henry and Amelia but certain that he was born in Twickenham in 1893. His service records survive but he only has his father named as H.M. Carr of Arundel, as his CWGC details show. His SDGW entry states that his birthplace is Twickenham as well as a BMD entry to support this."

 

457410 Private Charles Edward Carr of the 1st/24th (Wessex) Field Ambulance, the Royal Army Medical Corps. Son of Henry Carr and the late Amelia Carr of Queen's Park Road, Brighton. Born in Brighton in 1892. Died 19 August 1917 aged 25.

R. S. COLBOURNE
1924 Ralph Sidney Colbourne of the 1st/24th (Wessex) Field Ambulance,  the Royal Army Medical Corps..Son of Charles Colbourne and the late Elizabeth Colbourne of Clifton, Bristol. Enlisted in Exeter where the remaining  family came to live. Born in Cambridge in 1895. Died 12 march 1915 aged 20.
W.  M. COLLINS

"I believe this to be Walter Collins who has service records which confirm that his Regimental number corresponds to the MIC which names him "William" He was born in Balham in 1889 and was an original member of the 24th but was sent back to the UK in 1917 with nephritis. He was continually plagued with this and was discharged in 1919, succumbing to the disease a few months later. He is buried in Exeter's |Higher Cemetery at Heavitree."

 

Believed to be 2011 Private  William Michael Collins of the 1st/24th (Wessex) Field Ambulance, the Royal Army Medical Corps. Born in Plymouth in the June Quarter of 1881. Died in 1917. No other details yet confirmed.

H. G. DAVIS
"Born in the September Quarter of 1894."

457218 Private Henry George Davis of the 1st/24th (Wessex) Field Ambulance, the Royal Army Medical Corps.  Son of Henry and Fanny Davis of School Road, St. Thomas, Exeter. Born in Exeter in 1895. Died 15 August 1917 aged 22.

R. EDWORTHY

"Private Reginald Edworthy was an Exeter resident but did not go to France with either Wessex FA but at some point was transferred to the 24th as his new number (the TA medical units were renumbered in 1916 so it is possible to work out who a TF man served with) shows that he was with them from then to his discharge in 1918. He died in 1921 and as his name is on the plaque, I assume his death was attributed to the war. There are no other names that "fit". "

 

45733 Private Reginald Edworthy of the 1st/24th (Wessex) Field Ambulance,  the Royal Army Medical Corps.  No other details yet confirmed.

W. J. FORD
457103 Private William John Ford of the 1st/24th (Wessex) Field Ambulance,  the Royal Army Medical Corps. Son of John Ford of 70 Pinhoe Road, Exeter and the late Alice Ford. Born in Meerhut, India. Died 1 August 1917 aged 29.
C. C. HAYES
457412 Private Cecil Courtney Hayes of the 1st/24th (Wessex) Field Ambulance, the Royal Army Medical Corps.,   Son of Emma Hayes of 56 Clifton Street, Exeter and the late William Courtney. Born in Exeter in 1897. Died 27 December 1917 aged 20.
R. HULL

"Born in Blackpool in the March Quarter of 1889. His father John died in 1890."

 

119631 Private Richard Hull of the 1st/24th (Wessex) Field Ambulance. Son of Annie Walker of Blackpool; husband of Mary Edith Hull of Blackpool. Born in Exeter in 1897. Died 13 October 1918 aged 21.

R. F. JEFFERY

"Ralph Jeffery was born in Plymouth in 1898 and was one of the youngest to be lost. He was a bugler with the 1st Wessex FA and went with the 24th to France in 1914. (I have a photograph of some men from one of the Wessex Field Ambulances in camp which shows several boys - for that is the age they appear - with bugles, tent pegs etc.!). His father Frederick died in 1902 and his mother remarried in 1906."

 

1760 Private Ralph Frederick Jeffery of the 1st/24th (Wessex) Field Ambulance,  the Royal Army Medical Corps.. Son of Jane Walker  of North Shields. Born in Mile End in the June Quarter of 1896. Died 20 August 1916 aged 20.

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R. H. JEFFREY

I" have a lot of misgivings about attributing this to Robert Jeffery as there is no evidence that he served with the 24th. I believe it to be Stephen Ralph Jeffery who was killed in 1917. The GWGC gives his unit as the 24th and his number (457408) supports this. If so, he was born in Crediton in 1894, parent being Philip and Lucy. I cannot find a Medal Index card for him so he was probably a reinforcement."

 

36394 Private Robert H Jeffery of the 1st/24th (Wessex) Field Ambulance,  the Royal Army Medical Corps.  Son of Harry and Catherine Jeffrey of Royal Leamington Spa. Born in Leamington in 1896. Died 8 April 1918 aged 21.

B.C.LAVER

(Reverse Initials on Memorial)

S/256198 Sergeant Charles Bertram Laver of the Royal Army Service Corps. Son of Thomas and Kate Laver of Cross Park, heavitree. Born in Heavitree, Exeter in the March Quarter of 1897. Died 14 march 1920. Buried in the Heavitree Churchyard Extension. 
T. H. NICHOLLS

"Pte Thomas Henry Nicholls, born in 1892 in Worcestershire but moved to Devon when very young with parents Samuel and Eva and 3 siblings. One of the original 24th to go to France in 1914, he was transferred to 61st FA at some point before 1916."

 

1954 Private Thomas Henry Nicholls of the 61st Field Ambulance the Royal Army Medical Corps. Died 6 October 1916. Personal detail not yet confirmed.

F. W. PARSONS

"Pte Frederick William Parsons, born in Exeter in 1894, parents Samuel William and Lucy Parsons. Went to France with the 24th on 6/11/1914. Died of wounds 27 December 1917 not 1916."

 

457254 Private F. W. Parsons  of the 1st/24th (Wessex) Field Ambulance,  the Royal Army Medical Corps. Died 27 December 1916. Personal details not yet confirmed.

J. G. PEDRICK
1961 Private James George Pedrick  of the 1st/24th (Wessex) Field Ambulance,  the Royal Army Medical Corps. Son of James and Alice Pedrick.  Died 17 February 1915 aged 21.
E. RADFORD

"Pte Edwin Radford went to France in 1914 with the 24th but was sent back to the UK for surgery on glands in his neck. He returned but was then posted to 1/6th London FA."

 

457162 Private Edwin Lewis Radford of the 1st/6th London Field Ambulance, the Royal Army Medical Corps. Son of Eli and Emma Jane radford of New Street, Honiton. Enlisted in August 1914. Born in Awliscombe in 1892. Died 1 December 1917 aged 25.

B. SIBBITT
59890 Private Bernard Sibbitt of the 24th (1st Wessex) Field Ambulance, the Royal Army Medical Corps. Son of James and Georgina Sibbitt of Liverpool. Born in Birkenhead in 1891. Died 27 may 1918 aged 27.
F. SWEETLAND
457504 Private Frederick Sweetland of  the 24th (1st Wessex) Field Ambulance, the Royal Army Medical Corps. Son of Francis and Bessie Sweetland of Elmside, Exeter. Born in Exeter in 1896. Died 26 December 1917 aged 21.
L.S.SWITHENBANK
457341 Private Leslie Shearer Swithenbank of the 24th (1st Wessex) Field Ambulance, the Royal Army Medical Corps. Son of the Late Rev. Harvey Swithenbank and his wife (Martha ) Ellie Swithenbank. Born in Hastings in 1897. Died 19 November 1917 aged 20.
A.TAYLOR

"Private Archibald Percy Taylor was born in Madron, Cornwall in 1891, parents William and Marion Taylor. At some point he moved to Exeter and was one of the 24th who went to France in 1914. He transferred to the Royal Engineers 12th Signal Company and was killed in action 30 November 1917 at Cambrai. He has no known grave."

 

9312 Private Taylor, of the 20th Static Hospital, the Royal Army Medical Corps. No other details yet confirmed. 

E. E. TOTHILL

"Born in the 2nd Quarter of 1889."

 

457153 Private Ernest Ellis Tothill of  the 24th (1st Wessex) Field Ambulance, the Royal Army Medical Corps. Son of Joseph and Frances Tothill of Bitton Street Post office, Teignmouth. Born in Teignmouth  in 1890. Died 15 August 1917 aged 27.

W. R. L. VICARY

"This man is another of my enigmas of whom I am not sure. It looks as though it should be Reginald Vicary (I cannot find evidence of his being named William as his first name or of him serving with the 24th or 2/1st) but I have several Vicarys and Vickerys who were part of the original unit. I believe it to be Pte Clifford Warwick Vickery who embarked in France with the 24th in 1914 but was wounded in 1915 and then transferred to a reserve battalion of the Devons for light duties. He was discharged in January 1918 with TB (which developed in 1917) and died 3 December 1918. His pension records survive. He is buried in Exeter Higher Cemetery."

 

5458 Private (William) Reginald Lewis of the 3rd Field Ambulance, the Royal Army Medical Corps. Son of Lewis and Alice Vicary of Clifton, Bristol. Born in Bristol St George in 1893. Died 17 October 1917 aged 24.

A. E. VOSPER

"This is actually Arthur Edward Vosper, born in Heavitree in 1892, parents George and Emily. He embarked for France in 1914 with the 24th and was killed by a shell whilst going to the assistance of 2 men also buried by a shell."

 

457161 Private Albert Edward Vosper of the 3rd Field Ambulance, the Royal Army Medical Corps. Son of James and Eliza Vosper. Born in Babbicombe, Torquay in 1875. Died 26 June 1917 aged 42.

H. WALKER
2099 Driver Harold Walker of the Royal Army Medical Corps. Son of Lewis and Kate Walker of Harrogate. Born in Leeds in 1891. Enlisted in Exeter. Died 16 November 1915 aged 24.
J.WHITE

"I do have John Frederick White in my records as a casualty of 26th Field Ambulance as his number and MIC and service records support his service with them but he did also serve with 24th for 2 months in 1916 BUT I believe this man to be Henry John White, born in 1893 in Exeter, parents Samuel and Alice. He embarked in 1914 and died of wounds 17 March 1915, one of the unit's earliest casualties."

 

124817 Private John Frederick White of the 26th Field Ambulance; attached to the 11th Motor Ambulance Convoy. Son of John and Mary White of Portsmouth. Born in Portsmouth in 1889. Died 31 July 1917 aged 28.

W.E.WHITE
2018 Private William Ernest White of the 26th Field Ambulance; attached to the 11th Motor Ambulance Convoy. Son of William and Jane White of Weymouth. Born in the march Quarter of 1893. Died 12 March 1915 1915 aged 21.
G. WILLS
Believed to be 33 Private G. Wills of the 24th (1st Wessex) Field Ambulance. No other details yet available.

2nd/1st Wessex Field Ambulance

A. W. F. SAYRES
Lieutenant-Colonel Alexander Ward Fortescue of the 2nd/1st Field Ambulance, the Royal Army Medical Corps. Son of the Rev. Edward Sayres and his wife Anna; husband of Bertha Sayres. Born in Cold Ashton, Middlesex in 1868. Died 10 October 1917 aged 50.  He was a graduate of the College of Surgeons and had a medical practice in Exeter.
W. H. McVICKER
Lieutenant Edgar Harold McVicker of the Royal Army Medical Corps, attached to the 2nd/5th Battalion, the Lancashire Fusiliers. Son of Samuel McVickery of Toronto, Canada. Born in Canada in 1893. Died 9 September 1916 aged 23. He was a Bachelor of Medicine. He was dressing the wounds of a wounded man when a shell exploded nearby and killed him.

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LIEUT.MCNEIL (USA)

"I have had to do a lot of searching to find this man but several items of information I have found lead me to believe that he is Herbert Lee McNeill, born in Shepherd, Texas, USA. He became a doctor and joined the US Medical Officers Reserve Corps in 1917. He was attached to 2/1st WFA and then to1/5th South Lancs Regiment where he was wounded. He died in Evacuation Hospital No 2 of bronchopneumonia on 3 November 1918 and his body was taken back to the US where he is buried in Arlingotn National Cemetery, Virginia. "

No details yet confirmed.

C. COLWILL
2690 Sergeant Cuthbert Charles Colwill of the 2nd/1st Devon and Cornwall Bridging Company, the Army Service Corps. Son of  Elizabeth Ann Colwill and the late Henry Colwill of 1 Cambridge Terrace, Well Street, Exeter. Born in Exeter in the June Quarter of 1890. Died 28 April 1917 aged 27. Buried in the Higher Cemetery, Exeter.
J.K.SEALEY
457030 Corporal John William Sealey of the 2nd/1st (Wessex) Field Ambulance, the Royal Army Medical Corps. Son of John and Bessie Sealey of Teignmouth. Born in Teignmouth in 1895. Died 3 August 1917 aged 22.
A.R.COLE
457379 Lance Corporal Arthur Richard Cole of the 2nd/1st (Wessex) Field Ambulance, the Royal Army Medical Corps. Son of Arthur and Sophia Cole  of Exeter. Born in Monmouth in 1895. Died 10 April 1918 aged 23.
A.E.POOK
250437 Lance Corporal Albert Edward Pook of the Army Service Corps; attached to the 2nd/1st (Wessex) Field Ambulance, the Royal Army Medical Corps. Son of William and Sarah Pook of Parr Street, Exeter. Born in Exeter i n 1898. Died 11 April 1918 aged 20.
A.J.ADAMS

"Not yet resolved."

 

2291 Private Alfred James Adams of the 2nd/1st (Wessex) Field Ambulance, the Royal Army Medical Corps. Transferred from the 3rd Battalion, the Devonshire Regiment to the Royal Army Medical Corps. Next of kin was his aunt, Mrs Nicholls of Devonport. Born in St Germans, Cornwall in the June Quarter of 1882. Died 1 August 1916 aged 34.

A. R. BASTIN
457052 Private Arthur Richard Bastin of the 2nd/1st (Wessex) Field Ambulance, the Royal Army Medical Corps.  Son of Joseph and Mary Ann Bastin. Born in Exeter in 1895. Died 15 January 1919 aged 24. Buried in Exwick Cemetery.
S. BRAILEY

"Samuel Brailey was killed in 1917. The CWGC records are wrong and I have the evidence to ask them to correct the date. His brother Albert was also killed with the Devons a couple of months before his death."

 

457356 Private Samuel Brailey of the 2nd/1st (Wessex) Field Ambulance, the Royal Army Medical Corps. Son of Samuel and Susan Brailey. Born  in Exminster in 1897. Died 1 August 1916 aged 19.

H.CATTERALL

"Henry Catterall, born 1897, parents William and Alice. Went to France with the 3rd (West Lancs) Field Ambulance (not the Infantry Regiment)11 September 1915 and was atrtached to the 2nd/1st at some point as both units were under command of the 55th Division and it was not unusual for men to be transferred to assist with manpower."

 

341500 Private Harry Catterall of the 3rd Battalion,  the West Lancs Regiment; attached to the 2nd/1st (Wessex) Field Ambulance, the Royal Army Medical Corps. Information about parents not yet confirmed. Born in St. Helens, Lancs. Died 20 September 1917

E. COOMBES

"I do not believe this to be Edgar Coombes as no evidence shows that he served in the 24th or that he was a casualty. I believe it to be Pte William James Coombes, No. 1798 (known as "Knobby") He is named as being killed in action with 2 others on 14 August 1916 in my booklet but doe not appear on the plaque. He was born in Teignmouth in 1892, parents William Henry and Ellen Marie. "

 

5365 Private Edgar Coombes of of the 2nd/1st (Wessex) Field Ambulance, the Royal Army Medical Corps. Died in 1917. No other details yet confirmed.

A. J. de VIELL

(Error - this should be

W. J. de VIELL

t4/250441 Driver William John de Viell of the Royal Army Service Corps, formerly 2074 of the 24th (1st Wessex) Field Ambulance, the Royal Army Medical Corps. Son of Walter and Annie de Viell. Born in Exwick in 1898. Died 9 November 1918 aged 20. Buried in Exwick Churchyard.
F. A. MARTIN
Private Frederick Adam Sanford Martin of the 2nd/1st (Wessex) Field Ambulance, the Royal Army Medical Corps. Son of Adam and Miriam Martin. Born in Cullompton in 1897. Died 3 June 1917 aged 20.
L. MURRAY

"I, too, have no information on L. Murray and I am still looking!"

 

No details yet confirmed.

S. J. PARKER
2253 Private Samuel John Parker of the 2nd/1st (Wessex) Field Ambulance, the Royal Army Medical Corps. Son of George and Kate Parker. Born in Teignmouth in the March Quarter of 1897. Died 14 August 1916 aged 19.
F. H. RICHARDS
457391 Private Francis Henry Richards of the 2nd/1st (Wessex) Field Ambulance, the Royal Army Medical Corps. Son of Frank and Elizabeth Richards. Born in Tiverton in 1890. Died 2 August 1917 aged 27.

R. D. W. RICHARDSON

(Error - this should be

R.D.C. RICHARDSON)

8064 Private Robert Daniel Crawford Richardson of the 2nd/1st (Wessex) Field Ambulance, the Royal Army Medical Corps. Son of Oscar and Sarah Richardson of Co. Durham. Born in Crooks, Co. Durham in 1897. Died 9 November 1918 aged 22.
A. J. SHEPHERD

"Driver Arthur James Shepherd enlisted into the Army Service Corps in 1917. Born in 1883 in Blackheath, parents Henry and Elizabeth, he married Florence Miles in 1913. He was attached to 2/1st WFA on 21 March 1918 and was killed 2 weeks later at Bethune."

 

No details yet confirmed

L. G. STONEMAN
457344 Private Leonard George Stoneman of the 1st Wessex Field Ambulance attached to the 2nd/1st (Wessex) Field Ambulance, the Royal Army Medical Corps. Son of Richard and Martha Stoneman of Castle Road, Okehampton. Born in Okehampton in 1895. Died 9 April 1918 aged 23.
F. WILLIAMS

"Pte Frank Williams: Regimental number M2/156547 of the Mechanical Transport Unit, attached to 2nd/1st WFA. Born in Chorlton-cum -Hardy in 1893, parents James and Jane, killed 18 June 1917, buried at Viamertinghe."

 

M2/048255 Corporal Frank Williams of the RAMC Mechanical Transport Unit; attached to the Pontoon Park.  Son of William and Emily Williams of Cheltenham; husband of Henrietta Williams of Oxfordshire.  Born in Cheltenham in 1894. Died 28 January 1919 aged 25.

A. J. YEATES

(aka YATES)

2093 Private Albert James Yeates of the 1st/24th (Wessex) Field Ambulance,  the Royal Army Medical Corps; attached to the 2nd/1st (Wessex) Field Ambulance, the Royal Army Medical Corps. Son of William and Alice Yeates.  Born in Heavitree, Exeter in 1899. Died 14 August 1916 aged 18.

 

 

 
 
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