W. Apps is listed on the brass plaque in Devoran church and the Devoran Parish Roll of Honour in the Village Hall, but not on the granite war memorial.
The most likely casualty has always been Private William Apps, 14215, 3rd Battalion, Grenadier Guards, who died on 30 September 1915. Apps’ identity and death date on 30 September 1915 was confirmed by its appearance on the first 1914-1916 draft of the Devoran Roll of Honour, revealed last weekend at the Devoran Railway Centenary Festival September 2015.
He is buried in Plot IV E57 in Bethune Town Cemetery in France, which has over 3000 casualties buried in this railway, Headquarters and Hospital (33rd CCS Casualty Clearing Station) hub related cemetery. His entry in the WW1 Serviceman’s effects lists his place of death as related to No. 6 Field Ambulance. His widow Hilda chose the headstone inscription for him “In the midst of life we are in death”.
According to his medal record cards, William Apps had only been in France with the Grenadier Guards for two months (since 26 July 1915) before dying of wounds. The war diary for the 3rd Grenadier Guards exists for 1915 but sadly not for September 1915 https://3rdgrenadierguardsww1.wordpress.com/home/july-and-august-1915/
So far the closest local link to Devoran parish is the address listed on the CWGC website for his wife Hilda Apps of 16 Bohill, Penryn, Cornwall.
In “Soldiers Died in the Great War” William Apps is listed as:
Birth Place – Luton, Beds
Death Date – 30 Sep 1915
Death Place – France and Flanders
Enlistment Place – Warley, Essex
Rank – Guardsman
Regiment – Grenadier Guards
Battalion – 3rd Battalion
Regimental Number – 14215
Type of Casualty – Died of wounds
Theatre of War – Western European Theatre
W. Apps, Remembered on the same day as Tommy Agar Robartes, the heir of Lanhydrock estate and one of Devoran’s major landowning families, both died 30 September 1915.