Memorial Clues from the West Briton, 11 November 1920
When was the Devoran war memorial cross erected and unveiled? Was it in place by 1919?
At present we do not know exactly when the Devoran Parish war Memorial cross in St John’s Churchyard was erected.
H.J. MARTIN, DEVORAN maker’s nameplate, Devoran War memorial
We know it was sculpted by Herbert J. Martin, local mason and builder (1872 – 1952).
West Briton, 11 November 1920
This is the earliest record – 11th November 1920 – that we can find so far for the Devoran war memorial.
As a result, as far as we know, Armistice 2020 is likely to be the centenary of the Devoran war memorial.
At the talk that I did in Devoran on 14th September 2019, close to the centenary of the Devoran War Memorial Recreation Ground, I mentioned a little more about each of the groups attending the Armistice 1920 service.
Some groups attending were short-lived such as the ex-servicemen’s organisation Devoran Comrades of the Great War (later part of The British Legion from 1921), whilst other recent Edwardian creations of Devoran Boy Scouts (1920?) and Devoran Girl Guides are still going on in the village. I also talked about the recently released records of local volunteer VAD nurses.
I will post separately about each group on this blog over the next few weeks.
Reverend John R. Jones would shortly leave Devoran in a year or so, having been its wartime minister except for periods of military service as a chaplain in the UK (recorded on the Devoran Roll of Honour). Reverend Yeo Ward replaced him, dying during the Second World War (headstone / buried at the entrance to the Parish Centre).
“God of our fathers, known of old,
Lord of our far-flung battle line,
Beneath whose awful hand we hold
Dominion over palm and pine—
Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,
Lest we forget—lest we forget! …”
“God of our Fathers, Known of Old” – The “Lest We Forget” song is a musical setting of Kipling’s 1897 poem “Recessional“, a popular choice at war memorials, on ANZAC Day and Armistice Day for many years. Several settings or solo recitals can be found on Youtube. The Kipling Society http://www.kiplingsociety.co.uk/settings_63.pdf lists 70 settings of Recessional, both prewar and postwar!
Blog posted by Mark Norris, Devoran War Memorial Project, 30 September 2019.