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LYNTON & LYNMOUTH - THE WAR MEMORIAL

Lynton's War Memorial stands outside the Town Hall. The original 1914 - 1918 Memorial is constructed of a combination of red granite and polished red marble and consists of a graceful Romanesque column topped by a polished marble ball, mounted on a small granite slab. Polished marble plaques on the four sides of the lower plinth carry the inscription and the names.

A polished marble book has been attached to the inscription face containing the names of those who died between 1939 and 1945.

Lynton War Memorial
Lynton War Memorial

The inscription on the first face reads:

1914 - 1918

"Remember those who, at the call of our King, died the noblest death men may die, fighting for God, for right and for liberty. Such death is immortality."

WORLD WAR 2 NAMES INSCRIBED ON THE MARBLE BOOK BELOW THE INSCRIPTION

BOWDEN F. T Not yet confirmed.
BURGESS W. R. B. William Redvers Baden Burgess of the Merchant Navy, Master of SS Landilo. Husband of Bessie Burgess of Cardiff. Born in the June Quarter of 1900 in Lynmouth. Died 2 Nov 1942 aged 42.
CROCOMBE F. Trooper William Frederick Crocombe of the 1st Unit, the Royal Tank Regiment R.A.C. Son of William and Bessie Crocombe of Parracombe and husband of Louisa Crocombe of Parracombe. Born in 1916. Died 10 Jun 1942 aged 26.
CROCOMBE J. Sergeant John Crocombe of 21 Squadron, RAF Volunteer Reserve. Died 15 September 1941.
DAVEY F Lance Bombardier Francis John Davey of 86 Anti-tank Regiment, the Royal Artillery. Son of Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Davey. Died 13 September 1942. Buried in the New Cemetery at Lynton.
DYKE H. G Gunner Henry George Dyke of the 88th Field Regiment, the Royal Artillery. Son of William and Minnie Dyke of Lynton. Born in 1917. Died 8 Jul 1943 aged 26.
GILSON S. Sergeant Stanley Gilson of the 2nd Field Coy., the Royal Engineers. Son of Thomas and Lottie Gilson of Lynmouth. Born in 1913. Died 18 October 1940 aged 27.
GRAHAM L. M Able Seaman Leonard Maurice Graham of the Royal Navy, HMS Matabele. Son of Lewis and Ethel Gordon of Lynton. Died 17 Jan 1942. 
HUXTABLE W. C. Gunner William Charles Huxtable of 6 Maritime Regiment, the Royal Artillery. Born in 1906. Son of William and Annie Huxtable and husband of Dorothy Huxtable of Exeter. Died 15 Sep 1943 aged 37.
KIFF C. W. H. Lance Sergeant Christopher Kiff of the 1st Battalion, the Devonshire Regiment. Born in 1917. Died 10 Mar 1945 aged 28.
KNAPTON IRIS F. Sub-Leader Iris Forbes Knapton of the Auxilliary Territorial Service. Daughter of Lt-Col. H. A. F. Knapton and Mrs. Knapton of Lynton. Born in 1910. Died 27 Mar 1940 aged 30. Buried in the New Cemetery at Lynton.
LITSON A. E. Able Seaman Albert Edward Litson of the Merchant Navy, SS Llandilo. Son of Charles and Marion Litson and husband of Mary Litson of Lynton. Born in the December Quarter of 1902. Died 2 November 1942 aged 39.
MOULE B. J. Private Benjamin John Moule of the Devonshire Regiment. Son of William and Emily Moule of Lynton. Born in 1920. Died 21 September 1943 aged 23.
NUTT J. A. Pilot Officer John Alfred Nutt of 51 Squadron, the RAF Volunteer Reserve. Son of Herbert and Ethel Nutt and husband of Hilda Nutt of Horfield, Bristol. Born in 1913. Died 8 November 1941 aged 28.
PARKER T. Gunner Thomas Parker of 287 Battery, the Royal Horse Artillery. Son of Hedley and Rosa Parker and husband of Alice Parker of Lynton. Born in 1906. Died 6 June 1942 aged 36.
PENNICOTT B Gunner Basil Pennicott of 447 Battery, the Royal Artillery. Son of Worthington and Winifred Pennicott and husband of Bridget Pennicott of Newport, Barnstaple. Born in 1919. Died on 15 August 1940 aged 21. Buried in the churchyard of St. Johns, Countisbury.
RICHARDS T. H. Sergeant Thomas Herbert Ivan Richards of 242 battery, the Royal Artillery. Son of William and Alice Richards and husband of Marion Richards of Wearne, Somerset. Born in 1910. Died 22 March 1945 aged 35.
SHARP D. Private Douglas Reginald Sharp of the Royal Army Ordnance Corps. Son of George and Mary Ann Sharp of Lynton. Born in Lynton in 1921. Died 28 December 1942 aged 21.
SHARP R Not yet confirmed
SQUIRE F. Leading Stoker Frederick Squire of the Royal Navy, HMS Glorious. Son of Fred and Bessie Squire of Newton Tracey. Born in 1915. Died 9 June 1940 aged 25.
VELLACOTT H. W. Lieutenant Horace William Vellacott of the 2nd Battalion, the 1st Punjab Regiment. Son of Charles and Gertrude Vellacott of Lynton. Born in India in 1923. Died 11 April 1945 aged 22.

WORLD WAR 1 NAMES APPEARING ON FACE 2

BAILLIE H. J.

Lieutenant Humphrey John Baillie of the 2nd Battalion, the Dorsetshire Regiment. Son of the Rev. William Gordon Baillie and Mary Baillie of Sutton Mead, Moretonhampstead. Born in the September Quarter of 1893 at Newnham-on-Severn, Glos. Died 2 March 1916 aged 23. Awarded the MC.

BIBBINGS A. C.

Gunner Augustus Charles Bibbings of 353 Siege Battery, the Royal Garrison Artillery. Born in the June Quarter of 1897 at Northlew. Died 20 September 1917 aged 20.

BLACKFORD G. D. 

Private George Davie Blackford of the Royal Marine Light Infantry, HMS Victory. Son of John and Ann Blackford and husband of Ethel Blackford of Kensington, London. Born in the September Quarter of 1879 in Ilfracombe. Died 19 June 1919 aged 39. Buried in Lynton Church Cemetery.

COPP W. 

Private Walter Copp of the 8th Battalion, the Devonshire Regiment. Son of Mr. R. J. Copp of Sycamore Cottage, Lynton. Born in the March Quarter of 1896. Died 2 July 1916 aged 20.

COTTERELL E. E.

Private Ernest Edward Cotterell of the 1st/5th Battalion, the Somerset Light infantry. Son of John and Sarah Jane Cotterell of Chard and husband of Florence Cotterell of Lynvale House, Lynton. Born in the September Quarter of 1885 in Chard. Died 13 November 1917 aged 32.

COX E.

Not yet confirmed

CROCOMBE W. J.

Private William John Crocombe of the Royal Marine Light Infantry, HMS Carnarvon. Son of George and Mary Crocombe of Woolhanger, Parracombe, Barnstaple. Born in the December Quarter of 1893. Died 19 October 1918 aged 24.

DAVEY H. C.

Lance Corporal Herbert Charles Davey of the 8th Battalion, the Duke of Wellington's Regiment. Son of John and Elizabeth Davey. Born in the March Quarter of 1897 in Ilfracombe. Died  9 August 1915 aged 23. 

DAWE R.

Believed to be Private Reginald Dawe of the Army Cyclist Corps. Died on 19 June 1917 aged 24.

DELBRIDGE W.

Private William Delbridge of the 1st Battalion, the Devonshire Regiment. Died 28 July 1916.

ESSERY A

Officer's Steward 3rd Class Albert Edward Essery of the Royal Navy, HMS Recruit. Son of William Henry Essery of 7 Alford Terrace, Lynton. Born in the September Quarter of 1896. Died 9 August 1917 aged 21.

GARDINER A. H.

Believed to be Private A. H. Gardiner of the Machine Gun Corps. Died 11 April 1919.

GLOVER A. E. C.

Lance Corporal Archibald Everard Charles Glover of the 3rd Battalion, the Dorsetshire Regiment. Son of James and Jennifer Glover of 1, Waverley Place, Lynton. Born in the June quarter of 1898 in Lynton. Died 25 October 1919 aged 21. Buried in Lynton Church Cemetery.

GOSS J. H

Private J H Goss of the Machine Gun Corps. Died 4 October 1917.

WORLD WAR 1 NAMES APPEARING ON FACE 3

HARRIS H. C.

Believed to be Captain Herbert Cecil Harris of the 6th Battalion, the Queen's Own Regiment. Born in 1881 in Ilfracombe. Died 3 July 1916 aged 35.

HOBBS W.

Private William Hobbs of 52 Company, the Machine Gun Corps. Son of William and Jessie Hobbs of Orchard Cottages, Lynton and husband of Elizabeth Hobbs of 18 Park Gardens, Lynton. Born in 1886. Died 5 May 1917 aged 31.

HOLSGROVE A

Private Archibald Holsgrove of the 12th Battalion, the Goucestershire Regiment. Son of James and Eda Holsgrove of Tors Bridge Cottage, Lynmouth. Born in 1899. Died 30 June 1918 aged 19.

HOLSGROVE G. R.

Private George Holsgrove of the 4th Battalion, the Gloucestershire Regiment. Son of James and Eda Holsgrove of Tors Bridge Cottage, Lynmouth. Born in 1885. Died 20 May 1917 aged 32.

HUME R. O. C.

Lieutenant Colonel Robert Ouseley Cuthbert Hume of the 1st Battalion, the Border Regiment. Son of Captain Walter Hume and Henrietta Hume and husband of Julianna Hume of Rock Lodge, Lynton. Born in 1867. Died 1 May 1915 aged 48.

JARVIS A.

Believed to be Albert Jarvis, born in Lynmouth in 1886. Military record not yet confirmed.

JARVIS R. F.

Private Richard Francis Jarvis of the 2nd Battalion, the Dorsetshire Regiment. Son of John and Sarah Jarvis of Torrs, Lynmouth and husband of Hannah Read (formerly Jarvis). Born in the September Quarter of 1892. Died 26 May 1916 aged 24.

JEUNE H. St. H

Captain Hugo St. Helier Jeune of the 12th Battalion, the Gloucestershire Regiment. Son of Lt. Col. E. B. Jeune and Mrs. Jeune of the Manor House, Lynmouth. Born in the March Quarter of 1894. Died 12 May 1917 aged 23.

JOHNSTONE T

Corporal Thomas Johnstone of the 5th Battalion, the Dorsetshire Regiment. Son of James and Sarah Johnstone of Oare Oak, Lynton. Born in Lynton in the December Quarter of 1894. Died 16 August 1917 aged 22. Awarded the M.M.

LEAN H. H.

Captain Hugh Henry Lean of the 153rd Infantry Brigade, the Highland Light Infantry. Son of Maj.-Gen. K.E.Lean C.B and Mrs. Lean. Born in 1888. Died 29 July 1917 aged 29. Wounded four times previously in the war. Awarded the M.C.

LITSON G

Private George Walter P. Litson of the 4th Battalion, the South Wales Borderers. Son of Henry and Ann Litson of Middleham, Lynton. Born in the June Quarter of 1872. Died 9 August 1915 aged 43.

MACEY C

Believed to be Private Charles T. Macey, born in 1886, the son of Henry and Emma Macey. Henry Macey was a school teacher in the Lynton area. Military record not yet confirmed.

MILLMAN J. S. S.

Gunner James Stanley S. Millman of the 118th Siege Battery, the Royal Garrison Artillery. Son of William and Bessie Millman of Ilfracombe. Born in the March Quarter of 1890. Died 18 June 1917 aged 27.

WORLD WAR 1 NAMES APPEARING ON FACE 4

MURLEY P. D.

Private Percy Douglas Murley of the 8th Battalion, the Devonshire Regiment. Son of Mr. E. K. Murley of The Fernery, Lynton. Born in the March Quarter of  1896. Died 1 July 1916 aged 20.

MURLEY T. S.

Private Thomas Stanley Murley of the 8th Battalion, the Devonshire Regiment. Born in the December Quarter of 1892, Died 2 April 1917 aged 25.

PENNICOTT W. H.

Believed to be Walter Henry Pennicott who was born in Bosham, Sussex in the December Quarter of 1889. Military Record not yet confirmed.

PULKINGHORNE L. B

Sergeant Leopold Bray Pulkinghorne of the 1st Battalion, the Devonshire Regiment. Son of William and Lydia Pulkinghorne of Lynton. Born in Pimlico in the September Quarter of 1889. Died 23 April 1917 aged 27.

RICHARDS W. N.

Private William Nathaniel Richards of the 9th Battalion, the Devonshire Regiment. Son of John and Sarah Richards of 1, New Road, Lynton. Born in 1899. Died d 6 September 1916 aged 27.

RIDD R.

Private R. Ridd of the 8th Battalion, the Devonshire Regiment. Husband of Winifred Ridd of Worlington, Instow. Born in 1891. Died 17 October 1919 aged 28. Buried in the churchyard of St. John the Baptist, Instow.

RIDD S.

Private Sydney Ridd of the 1st/4th Battalion, the Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry. Born in Kentisbury in 1897. Died 5 April 1917 aged 21.

RIDGE F.

Private Fred Ridge of the 1st/6th Battalion, the Gloucestershire Regiment. Son of Arthur and Eva Ridge of 5, Sycamore Place,  Lynton. Born in 1886 in Lynton. Died 20 November 1918 aged 34.

RIDLER W.

Gunner William Ridler of the 82nd Anti-Aircraft Section, the Royal Artillery. Son of John and Rosa Ridler. Born in Porlock . Died 6 November 1918 aged 29.

SHEPPHARD F. H.

Gunner Frank Henry Sheppard of the 1st Devon Heavy Battery, the Royal Garrison Artillery. Son of Henry and Rachel Sheppard of "Devonia", Lynton. Born in the June Quarter of 1896. Died 25 June 1916 aged 20.

SQUIRE A. J.

Corporal Arthur John Squire of "A" Battalion, the Tank Corps. Son of Mrs. Bessie A. Squire of Castle Hill, Lynton. Born in the September Quarter of 1896. Died 20 November 1917 aged 21.

VOGEL J. T.

Staff Sergeant J. T. Vogel of the Canadian Ordnance Corps. Died 21 April 1918. A Canadian citizen.

WATTS P. A

Private Philip Andrew Watts of the 1st/1st Bucks Battalion, the Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry. Son of Philip and Alice Watts of Manor Farm, Ilkerton, Lynton. Born in the December Quarter of 1895. Died 4 October 1917 aged 21. Buried in the Lynton Church Cemetery.

WHITE E. J.

Private Ernest James White of the 2nd/1st Unit, the Royal North Devon Hussars. Son of William and Elizabeth White of Lynbridge Cottage.  Born in the March Quarter 1889. Died 12 Nov 1920  aged 31. Buried in the Lynton Church Cemetery.

 

 
 
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