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Little Hempston Great War Memorial Plaque

Little Hempston Great War Memorial Plaque

©Richard J. Brine

Lieut. Wymond Nicholas Richard Pole-Carew of the 1st battalion the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry. Son of Charles and Ellen Pole-Carew of Parkhill, Totnes. Born 3 October 1896. Died 6 November 1917 aged 21.
2nd Lieut. William Falkland Geordie Ricketts of the 2nd Battalion, the Leinster Regiment. Son of Captain Theophilus and Selina Ricketts of Churston Ferrers. Born in Torquay in 1871. Died 1 April 1917 aged 19.
44370 Lance Corporal William John Forster of the 14th Battalion, the North Staffordshire Regiment. Son of William and Margaret Ann Forster of Littlehempston. Born in Staverton in 1878. Died 8 November 1918 aged 40.
16530 Private William Henry Potter of the 9th Battalion, the Devonshire Regiment. Son of Henry and the late Fanny Potter. Born in Berry Pomeroy in 1896. Died 1 July 1916 aged 20.
3/5826 Private James Skinner of the Special Reserve 7th Battalion, the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry. Parents not yet identified *SEE NOTE BELOW. Born in Kingsland, London. Died 11 April 1916 age not confirmed.
2453 Trumpeter Sidney John Smerdon of the 1st Battalion, the Royal North Devon Hussars. Son of Thomas and Louisa Smerdon. Born in Littlehempston in 1895. Died 2 November 1915 aged 22.

Note on James Skinner's entry:

The information that he was born in the London registration district of  Kingsland was supplied by James Skinner himself on the day he enlisted. It is a very odd registration district indeed, comprising as it does a tiny triangle of land adjacent to London Fields. In James Skinner's day, the central component was the enormous Shoreditch Workhouse, a miniature village in its own right, and this is why I believe it has been so difficult to track down this man's parents. From his records  I have also discovered that he was born in the parish of St Leonard's, which also included the Workhouse. I am going to suggest for now that this man was Henry James Skinner who was baptised 27 August 1876 and who was the child of James and Maria Skinner and that he had a brother and sister - John and Anne Skinner.


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