On a recent trip to London, I stopped at The Tower Hill Memorial to missing men of The Merchant Navy who have no known grave. On this memorial are several Devoran War Memorial names.
In the First World War section G.F.Crocker of Devoran is remembered high up on the columns of names. More can be found about Crocker on the Devoran WW1 names section.
There is more about the Tower Hill memorial on this CWGC website page.
On the World War 2 section are recorded further Devoran names: T.H. Kemp and W.C. Nicholls. More can be found about each casualty on the Devoran WW2 names section.
Not far away the loss of over 888,246 British and Commonwealth men and women killed in WW1 is memorably recorded by the temporary installation of 888,246 ceramic poppies in the moat of the Tower of London “Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red” by Paul Cummins.
Amazingly these poppies have all now sold, raising millions for veterans’ charities.
Each of the Devoran men on the WW1 section of the war memorial is represented by one of these poppies.
This year two new names have been added to the Devoran war memorial, and their names will be read out with many others at the Armistice Sunday service. The folders of research about the named casualties by Tony Dyson, Bob Richards and Mark Norris are housed in the Parish Church.
I will be observing the two minutes silence elsewhere on the Sunday but it is good to see the renewed interest in the names on the war memorial amongst people in the village.
LIke their families and loved ones in Devoran 100 years ago, we will remember them.