100 years ago this week William Donald Pascoe of Devoran, Royal Field Artillery died on 20 April 1915.
William is remembered in his home village on the war memorial but also on his parent’s grave amongst the spring flowers of the Devoran churchyard. His parents’ headstone records and remembers William “who died at Cosham, April 20 1915 aged 18 and a half.”
I had thought to take some flowers to mark the anniversary but the headstone is surrounded by wildlflowers, carpeted with fir cones, it has a lovely natural woodland and meadow feel to it.
Gunner William Donald Pascoe, 86574, 13th Reserve Battery, Royal Field Artillery died on 20 April 1915, aged 19.
Born in Feock in October 1896, he is buried at grave D31 in the small military section of 164 casualties buried in (Christ Church) Military Cemetery, Hampshire.
He enlisted in Truro and died on Home Service in Alexandra Hospital, Cosham.
In 1911, his occupation is given as a ‘newsboy’. Bob Richards’ newspaper research (West Briton, 29 April 1915) indicates that he died of “cerebro-spinal fever” and was formerly an apprentice at W. Visick’s and Sons, Basset Works, Devoran.
Incidentally this weekend I had been in contact with a reative of garden and nature writer Percy W. D. Izzard who wrote not only practical garden manuals but also more lyrical and nostalgic nature pieces during the carnage of the First World War.
The entry for “Primrose Day” April 19th and (Sunday?) April 20th (1917?) entry is quite uncanny, when you look at the mass of flowers – some gravestones were covered with them!
William Donald Pascoe, RFA, remembered 100 years from the day of his death 20th April 1915 on Home Service …