As part of the Devoran Railway Centenary Festival and Devoran Village Hall restoration, Ann Cunningham of the Devoran Village Hall Committee has arranged for several pieces of village history to have been sent to a paper conservator to be made good for the next century or more.
These three items are the original typed rules of the Village Hall or Institute, the Devoran National Savings Group certificate of merit (covered in another blog post) and the Parish Roll of Honour. All have come back restored and reframed as required, looking as fresh as if they were made, printed or written yesterday. Three framed pieces of paper went away, four frames came back.
The Third Panel
Behind the original two panels of the beautifully hand-written Roll of Honour prepared by GLB (probably Gwendoline Layton Blunt, nee Edwards, the doctor’s daughter) was found preserved or hidden (unknown or long forgotten) the first draft. This was prepared in year by year enlistment sections from 1914 to 1916.
Looking through this is very much a time capsule. At the latest the new document or third panel is frozen in time sometime in late 1917, at the bottom inscribed in pencil “To Be Continued at The End of The Year”. Several dates of death or discharge are added for late 1917.
Who knew how long the war would go on for at the time?
Conscription and the Military Service Bill was now in effect by 1916. Previous to this, the men listed would have been volunteers.
For some reason, GLB and whoever else was involved in compiling the Roll of Honour changed the year by year format into the one we see on the finished panel, an alphabetical list compiled after the war.
The original was a year-by-year detailed format, listing regiments or service in army, navy or the newly formed Royal Flying Corps, discharge details (due to wounds?) and dates and details of deaths.
This was too much work to discard and maybe thought of as of historic interest for the future.
GLB herself was married in late 1917, after service as Red Cross Ambulance Driver in France 1916-1917.
The provisional list of names
Transcribed from photographs of GLB’s ornate calligraphy / handwriting script and will be amended if needed on closer study.
MCMXIV (1914 column 1)
Chellew-Woolcock, T. 2 Lieutenant, 19 Cheshire Regiment
Thornton, A.W. Sgt, RE
Tyack, T. Chief Petty Officer, RNR Discharged
Sandwell, W. Sergeant RFA
Rundle, T. Petty Officer RN
Smith, M.C. Warrant Officer RN
Brabyn, C. Petty Officer RN
Bryant, T.A. corporal, 8 DCLI
Short, ? Lance Corporal, 24 R.F. Royal Fusiliers
Geach W.G., Armourer’s Mate RN
Cook, F. (In faint pencil)
Williams , F.J. Sapper RE
Bray, E. seaman RN
Perkins, S. 8 DCLI
Berryson, W Private 22 Rifle Brigade
White, W. C. Sapper RE
Trenoweth, C, Private 5 DCLI Discharged April 9 1917
Trenoweth, P.J. Private 4 DCLI
Crocker A.E. Private 10 DCLI
Johnson J. Private 4 DCLI
Lewarne J Seaman RNR
F.G. or F.C. Webb, Sapper RE
Stephens, R. Seaman RNR
Bilkey, James, Private 4 DCLI discharged March 20 1916
Gill, A.J. Sapper Canadian RE
Hamblyn, W, Seaman RN
Hancock F.C. driver RE
Vincent A. (In faint pencil)
Pascoe, W.D. Gunner RFA died 20 April 1915 RIP
Pascoe, M. Gunner RN
Coad, C. Private 4 DCLI
1915 Column 1
Sampson K.G. Lieutenant ASC
Phillips A .G. lance Corporal, 5 DCLI
Hitchens W.T. seaman, RN
Crocker, J.H. Private 10 DCLI
Evans, R. seaman RN Discharged June 1916
Crocker, T.H. seaman RNR
Eddy, J. driver (M.T.) ASC
Dingle, R.T? or R.C. driver RFA
Pinnock ?D.H Seaman RNR
Barnes T.H. Private RFA
Deeble M.C. seaman RNR
Marshall, W. Private 3 DCLI
Kellow R Private ASC
Peters, W.T.B. Air Mechanic RFC
column 2 1915
Dungey C. Private Australian Expeditionary Force
Marshall, E. Private ASC Drowned August 13 1915 HMT Royal Edward
Burley E.R. seaman RNR
Tregaskis, A.G. Private AOC
Jose, G. driver (MT) ASC
Ferris, W. seaman RNR
Martin S.S. Private RAMC
Hancock D. Private 3 DCLI
Dunstan, W.J. seaman RNR
Mitchell, T. Private 24 RF Royal Fusiliers
Hitchens, J. seaman RNR
Dungey, E. private 10 DCLI
Burton F.W. seaman RNR
Pennyluna or Penaluna A.C. Private DCLI
1916 MCM XVI
Davey W.T. Private RE Killed in action July 28th RIP
Hitchens T.H. Private West Surreys
Stephens, J. Able Seaman RNVR
Trebilcock, T.L. Private DCLI
HItchens, T.C. Gunner RGA
Russell, W.J. Gunner RGA
Stephens, W.J. Able Seaman RNVR
Paynter, P. Gunner RGA killed in action (written in pencil) January 1917
Samson, J.S. Private DCLI
Burrows, W.C. Private Devons
Pengelly, W.J. private 1 DCLI, discharged September 21 1917.
Gay, E.E. Private Devons
Adams, J.G. Private W. Surreys
Webber, W.J. Private AOC
Bennetts, H.G. Private RE
Hitchens, J.E. able Seaman RND Died April 18 1917
Clift, J.L. Private RGA
Opie, A. seaman RNVR
Dunstan, N.J. Private RE
Phillips, W.J. Private DCLI
“To be continued at the end of the year.”
The Roll of Honour and its mysterious 1914 to 1916 third panel are now in the safe keeping of the Parish Office whilst the Village Hall is refurbished. Over the winter Bob Richards and I will be looking into the stories of the men who served and came back. The 1914-16 list also sheds some light on the casualties on the War Memorial.