Interesting newspaper clipping found whilst researching the names on the Devoran Roll of Honour and War Memorial for this web site / blog.
Useful in preparing for the talk on the “Names on the Roll” in Devoran Village Hall 7.30 pm on the evening of the Friday 1st July 2016 by Bob Richards and Mark Norris. This marks the centenary anniversary of the first day of the Somme. Watch the Village Hall website and Facebook page for further talk details, entry is £8 including refreshments / ploughman’s supper in aid of Village Hall restoration Phase 2. Tickets from the usual devoranvh email at live.co.uk
During the village hall restoration and paper conservation of its signs such as the Roll of Honour, a hidden first draft panel turned up behind the finished one.
This adds to several lists of Village or Parish names – the granite war memorial, the brass plaque in the church, the finished Roll of Honour, the first draft 1914-1916 panel and now this January 1915 list in the local West Briton newspaper.
“In his Majesty’s Forces”, West Briton Thursday January 7th 1915
Article listing six local parishes including Feock which Devoran was part of:
Thomas Arnold Venning, (Engineer Lt. Commdr – killed)
Albert John Venning (Engineer Lt. Commdr)
Why the Variations from the 1914 “Names on the Roll”?
This listing shows some of the men from Feock parish (including Devoran and surrounding hamlets and villages) who were on active service by January 1915. It is different from the Roll of Honour 1914 lists.
Whilst some of these names appear on the Devoran Roll of Honour finished or first draft, others will likely be on the Feock War Memorial or other local lists. More about them another time …
Some differences or variations in names may be typing, printing or spelling errors in the newspaper. Walter Hamlin may well be the W. Hamblyn Seaman RN of the 1914 list. Claude Trenoweth’s family name I have seen miswritten on army documents as Trenwith (maybe how it was then pronounced?)
Some names like E. Searle don’t appear on the first draft 1914-16 roll of Honour draft list until the finished Roll of Honour is completed after the war.
This may be as Searle is listed in the 1919 / post war finished Roll of Honour listing amongst a small group of Devoran men in the Mercantile Marine (in what we would now call Merchant Navy), as opposed to regular Royal Navy men like William Geach, Thomas Tyack(e) or Charles Brabyn.
Perhaps in 1914 their regular seaman’s job in and out of ports like Falmouth and the ailing Devoran or Point Quay serving with the Mercantile Marine would not at first be regarded or recorded as on war service like the other Devoran volunteers or veterans.
This may have changed when the realities of the U -Boat submarine blockades, news of torpedoing of Merchant Navy ships off the Cornish coast and rationing at home made it increasingly clear to people that the Mercantile Marine men were every bit as exposed to danger as Devoran men in the trenches or the Royal Navy.
Anyway a few more helpful clues like first names to identify more of the “Names on the Roll”.
Posted by Mark Norris, Devoran War Memorial project, May 2016.