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ARMY 1917

M.COXHEAD
Major Maurice Edward Coxhead of the 9th Battalion, the Royal Fusiliers. Son of Fred and Amy Coxhead; husband of Dorothy Coxhead of Sidmouth. Born in Kensington, London in the June Quarter of 1889. Died 3 May 1917 aged 27.
R. HINE-HAYCOCK
Captain Ralph Hugh Hine-Haycock of the 1st Battalion, the King's Own Yorkshire Light infantry Regiment; attached to the 10th Battalion. Son of Ralph and Margaret Hine-Haycock of Gore Hill, Sidmouth. Born in Sidmouth in the June Quarter of 1892. Died 3 May 1917 aged 25.
L. MATON MC
Captain Leonard Evelyn Leigh Maton of the 1st Battalion, the Devonshire Regiment. Son of Leonard and Mary Maton of Wimbledon, Surrey. Born in Kingston in the September Quarter of 1880. Died May 1917 aged 34. Awarded the Military Cross.
J. RAWLINS
Captain John Bromley Rawlilns of the Royal Army Medical Corps/ Son of Leonard and Mary Rawlins. Born in Aston, Birmingham, in the march Quarter of 1890. Died 16 August 1917 aged  27.
R. BODDINGTON
2nd Lieutenant Ralph Thomas Boddington of the 1st/10th Battatlion, the London Regiment. Son of Samuel and Eliza Boddington; husband of Muriel of Malden, Sidmouth. Born in Birmingham in 1884. Died 2 November 1917 aged 32.
T. DE DENNE
2nd Lieutenant Thomas Geoffrey de Denne of the 4th Battalion, the Devonshire Regiment. Son of Thomas and Margaret de Denne - his father was a local doctor in Sidmouth in 1911. Born in Rowley Regis, Staffs in 1898.Died 9 April 1917 aged 19.
J. TYRELL
Lieutenant John Macintosk Tyrrell of the 8th Battalion, the East Yorkshire Regiment. Son of L.E.N and F.E. Tyrrell of East Griqualand, Cape Province, SA. Born in 1898. Died 9 April 1917 aged 19.
A. BOYCE
25695 Private Arthur George Boyce of the 14th Battalion( the Quebec Regiment) of the Canadian Infantry. Son of Mrs H. J. Compton (formerly Boyce) of Stoke St. Michael, Bath. Born in Bury St. Edmunds in the June Quarter of 1895. Died 4 May 1917 aged 25.
R. CHANNING
TR/9/20333 Sergeant Richard Channing of the 44th Battalion, the Training Reserve. Husband of Beatrice Channing.  Born in Sidbury in 1884. Died 15 August 1917. Buried in Sidmouth Cemetery.
M. FISHWICK
266790 Private Maurice Randall Fishwick of the 9th Battalion, the Devonshire Regiment. Husband of Alice Hawkins (formerly Fishwick). Born in Appledore in 1891. Died 26 October 1917 aged 26.
T. GIBBS
14634 Sergeant Thomas Stanley Gibbs of the 8th Battalion, the Devonshire Regiment. Son of Henry and Hannah Gibbs; husband of Winifred Gibbs of Fore Street, Sidmouth. Born in Torquay in 1895. Died 26 October 1917 aged 23.
F. CARNELL
58854 Corporal Frank Carnell of the 10th Battalion, the Cheshire Regiment. Son of Susan Carnell of Fore Street Sidmouth and the late Henry Carnell; husband of Florence Carnell of Bournemouth. Born in Sidmouth in 1880. Died 11 August 1917 aged 37.
R. SMALL
1851 Corporal Reginald A. Small of the 1st/4th Battalion, the Devonshire Regiment. Son of James and Jessie Small of West View, Sidmouth. Born in Stoke Damerell in the June Quarter of 1894. Died 5 February 1917 aged 23.
T. BROWN
Thomas Henry Brown. Details of Military career not yet known. Husband of Florence Brown of Russell Street, Sidmouth. Born in London in 1889.
G. ASHTON
25524 Private George Ashton of the 1st Battalion, the Hampshire Regiment. Son of Richard and Harriet Ashton of Sidmouth; husband of Edith Ashton of Blackwater, Hants.  Born in PIlton, Barnstaple in 1878. Died 3 August 1917 aged 39.
J. BARRETT
20334 Private John William Barrett of the 8th Battalion, the King's (Liverpool) Regiment. Information about next of kin not yet confirmed. Born in Sidmouth in the march Quarter of 1887. Died 20 September 1917 aged 30.
R. BARTLETT
50666 Private Ralph Leonard Bartlett of the 12th Battalion. the West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own) Son of Frederick and Mary Bartlett. Born in Sidmouth in 1888. Died 20 September 1917 aged 29.
F. BROWN
13955 Private (Frederick) James Brown. Son of Mrs Sarah Jane Collings (formerly Brown) of Sidmouth. Born in Sidmouth in 1891. Died 25 April 1917 aged 26.
M. BURROUGHS
38079 Private Mark Symonds of the 5th Battalion, the Royal Berkshire Regiment. Son of George and Angelina Burroughs of Water Lane, Sidmouth. Born in 1898. Died 20 November 1917 aged 19.
T. CARNELL
27446 Private Tekoa Sidney Carnell of the 6th Battalion, the Somerset Light Infantry. Son of Mrs. J. Carnell of Stanley Place, Sidmouth and the late George Carnell; husband of Sylvia Carnell. Born in Sidbury in 1887. Died 22 August 1917 aged 30.
E. CLODE
183993 Gunner Edward Ralph Clode, 109 Battery, 281 Brigade, the Royal Horse and Field Artillery. Son of Edwin and Anna Clode. Born in Sidmouth in the June Quarter of 1890. Died 12 August 1917 aged 27.
W. COX
203108 Private William Cox of the 2nd Battalion, the Wiltshire Regiment, formerly 315048 of the Devonshire Regiment. Information about next of kin and date of birth not yet confirmed. Died 3 August 1917. 
G. FALKNER
31192 Private Gerald Falkner of the 1st Battlion, the Northamptonshire Regiment; formerly 80484 of the Royal Army Medical Corps. Son of Gerald and Elizabeth Falkner of 6 Cambridge terrace, Sidmouth. Born in Sidmouth in 1898. Died 10 July 1917 aged 19.
S. JEWELL
S/37638 Private Sydney Henry Jewell of the Supplies Unit, the Royal Army Service Corps. Information about next of kin and date of birth not yet confirmed. Died 13 January 1917.
S. MELHUISH
492966 Private Sidney Walter Melhuish of the 13th (Kensington) Battalion, the London Regiment. Son of Annie and the late Samuel Melhuish. Born in Exeter in 1880. Died 17 November 1917 aged 37.
E. OLDREY
515083 Sapper Ernest Oldrey of the 567th Army Troops Company, the Royal Engineers. Husband of Mary Oldrey of Watcombe, Torquay. Born in Torquay in 1883. Died 28 May 1917 aged 34.
L.OTTON
92567 Gunner Lionel Selley Otton of the 49th Reserve Battery, the Royal Field Artillery.  Step son of Edith Jane Hunt of Branscombe  and the late George Otton. Born in 1889. Died 25 June 1917 aged 28. 
J.PIDSLEY
42828 Driver John Edwin Pidsley of the 3rd Brigade, the Canadian Field Artillery. Born in Exeter 24 March 1895. Died 5 June 1917 aged 22. 
F. PINNEY
44250 Private Frederick James Pinney of the 2nd Battalion, the South Wales Borderers. Son of Frederick and Emma Pinney of 3 Holmedale, Sidmouth; husband of Louisa Pinney of West View, Sidmouth. Born in Sidmouth in 1876. Died 28 January 1917 aged 41.
G. RICHARDS
39026 Private George Richards of the 12th Service Battalion, the Gloucestershire Regiment; formerly 2411, the North Somerset Yeomanry. Information about next of kin and date of birth not yet confirmed. Died 30 October 1917. 
C. SEARLE
42851 Pioneer Charles Henry Searle of the 77th Field Company, the Royal Engineers. Son of the late John and Elizabeth Searle of Sidmouth. Born in Sidmouth in 1882. Died 20 February 1917 aged 35.
P.SMITH
16927 Private Percy Smith of the Coldstream Guards. Son of George and Ellen Smith. Born in Sidmouth in 1896. Died 5 July 1917 aged 21.
W. SPARKES
375095 Rifleman William Robert John Sparkes of the 8th Battalion, (the Post Office Rifles), the London Regiment; posted to the 2nd/ 10th Battalion. Son of William and Edith Sparkes of Landport, Sidmouth; husband of Florence Sparkes of Falcon Terrace, Sidmouth. Born in Sidmouth in 1887. Died 23 September 1917 aged 30.
O. STONE
642760 Private Osborne William Stone of the 1st Battalion, the Canadian Infantry. Son of James and Charlotte Stone of Sidmouth. Born in Sidmouth in 1893. Died 3 May 1917 aged 24.
V. TUCKER
330378 Gunner Victor Henry Tucker of the 219th Siege Battery, the Royal Garrison Artillery. Husband of Jane Tucker of Temple Street, Sidmouth. Born in Poughkeepsie, NY, USA in 1884. Died 3 October 1917 aged 33.
W. WESTERN
472308 Rifleman William Silas Western of the 2nd/12th Battalion, (the Rangers), the London Regiment. Son of William and Jane Western. Born in Sidmouth in 1883. Died 7 May 1917 aged 34.
MARY TINDALL
Mary Gertrude Tindall, attached to the VAD ( theVoluntary Aid Detachment) in Exeter Military Hospital No.2. Daughter of John and Isabella Tindall of Sidmouth.. Born 9 May 1880 in Leighton Buzzard. Died post surgery 20 September 1917 aged 37 at home. her brother also appears on this memorial in the Royal Navy 1919 section.

 

ROYAL NAVY 1918
G. VALLANCE
Cadet George James Guy Vallance of the Royal Naval College (Engineering), Devonport. Son of George and Violet Vallance of Sidmouth. Born in Sidmouth in the December Quarter of 1900. Died in Plymouth in 1918 of illness aged 21.
W. SANDERS
224991 Gunner William Thomas Sanders of the Royal Naval Division. Son of Thomas and Eliza Sanders (his father was a coastguard stationed at Salcombe Regis). Born in Dawlish 26 September 1887. Died of illness on board HMS Mischief 27 October 1918 aged 31. Buried in Sidmouth Cemetery.
J. HORN
181049 Petty Officer 1st Class James Frederick Horn of the Royal Navy, HMS Cressy. Son of Charlie and Mary Horn of Broadstairs; husband of Fanny Horn of Ohio, USA. Born in Margate, Kent, 2 march 1879. Died 22 September 1914 aged 35 when U(mined HMS Cressy off the Dutch coast.
J. MITCHELL
193172 Able Seaman Jesse Mitchell of the Royal Navy, HMS Scott. Son of  John and Lydia Mitchell of Sidmouth, husband of Edith Mitchell of Tavistock. Died 15 August 1918 aged 39 when  HMS Scott and another destroyer were mined off the coast of Holland.
K. THOMAS

Able seaman Kenneth Albert Thomas of the Mercantile Marine. HMHS Llandovery Castle - a merchant ship in use as a  hospital ship. Son of Alfred and Alice Thomas of 3 Mill Street, Sidmouth. Born in the September Quarter of 1896. Died aged 21 when his ship was attacked by U86 in the Bristol Channel 27 June 1918 in direct contravention of the international agreement not to attack hospital ships. After the war, there was an Official Enquiry into the whole incident.

On June 17, 1918, the Llandovery Castle had arrived at Halifax with six hundred and forty-four military patients. She started on her return voyage on June 20, 1918, carrying her crew and hospital unit establishment of seven officers, fourteen nursing sisters, and seventy-six other ranks. After the war, two German officers were tried for the part they had played in the tragedy that killed over 1000 men and women.  The U-boat captain disappeared. He had ordered the torpedo attack and had fired on the lifeboats and thrown survivors back into the water after questioning them - he was never seen again.

The actual attack as described by the Official Enquiry:

"Ideal summer weather prevailed. All went well and uneventfully until Thursday evening, June 27, 1918.

"At 9:30 p.m. the night was clear," stated Major Lyon. "All lights were burning, with the large Red Cross signal prominently displayed amidships. Most of the medical personnel had not yet retired. Without previous warning or sight of any submarine the ship was struck just abaft the engines at No. 4 hold.

"There was a terrific explosion, badly wrecking the afterpart of the ship. Immediately all lights went out. The signal to stop and reverse the engines was without response, all the engine-room crew evidently being killed or wounded. Consequently the ship forged forward, but was gradually forced down by the head. "

 

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