The Devoran Roll of Honour lists six men of the Devoran parish or village who served in the Merchant Navy in WW1.
It lists two Kemp brothers, T.H. Kemp and F. W. Kemp.
Both these sailor brothers served in the Mercantile Marine or Merchant Navy throughout WW1. Thomas died on naval service in WW2.
Images have recently come to light in the archives of these two Devoran men.
Thomas Harold Kemp
Thomas Harold Kemp was born in Devoran on 13th July 1885 – possibly into a family of Coal and Oyster Merchants run by his father Thomas Henry Kemp (b. 1843).
He worked his way through his Masters and Mates Certificate through First and Second Mate to Master Mariner by 1910.
Thomas Harold Kemp served throughout WW1 and throughout the 1920s and 1930s, finally dying at sea as Captain on the SS Ocean Courage in 1943.
I’m not sure why he is not listed on the main granite Devoran War Memorial, only on the brass plaque. It may be that he had moved away from the area.
On the 1911 Census the Kemp family were living at Cliddia, Perranwell.
In the 1920s Thomas was living at (Electoral Registers) at Calidgey, Perranwell Station with an Ethel Mary Kemp (sister).
On his death at sea certificate in 1943 it lists his sister Caroline as next of Kin, living at the same address as him at Lapres Hall, Exeter. On probate this lists an Esatbourne address (1 St Leonards Road) and sister ‘spinster’ Caroline Louisa Kemp, leaving over £7577.
He is listed on the brass panel inside the church rather than the stone war memorial. https://devoranwarmemorial.wordpress.com/2013/08/06/devoran-second-world-war-casualties-a-to-r/
He and his crew are remembered on the Tower Hill Memorial in London for those with no known grave but the sea.
Francis William Kemp
His brother F.W. (Francis William) Kemp also served in the Merchant Navy throughout WW1.
Francis was born in Devoran on 18th October 1886.
In 1911 he was living with his retired Master Mariner father (and former Coal and Oyster Merchant) Thomas John Kemp at Cliddia in Perranwell.
He became a Master Mariner out of St Ives in 1912 and served as a Chief Officer.
The note written across says that he died in 1929 (his death was registered in St. Austell).
Two more Devoran faces added to names on the Devoran Roll of Honour.
Two more of the many Devoran sailors and maritime families of Devoran 100 years ago.
Short panels about them will feature amongst the Devoran 100 Remembered display in the Devoran Village Hall on Sunday 11th November 2018 (morning) after the reading of the names and silence at the War Memorial on Armistice Day 100.
Blog posted by Mark Norris, Devoran War Memorial project, 9 November 2018