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T.H. Kemp and F.W. Kemp of Devoran, Merchant Navy brothers WW1 WW2

mercantile marine

Devoran Roll of Honour Merchant Navy section  – fuzzy blow up of another photo, probably one to retake.

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.


(Extra) Masters certificate for T.H.Kemp, 21 October 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.

brass plaque

The brass plaque inside the church http://thebignote.com/2012/10/10/devoran-church-of-st-john-and-st-petroc-war-memorial/

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.

t h kemp card

Putting another face to a WW1 veteran and WW2 casualty name – T.H. Kemp


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.


Devoran’s T.H. Kemp, SS Ocean Courage recorded on the WW2 section, Tower Hill memorial.

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.

1911 census f w kemp

In 1911 he was living with his retired Master Mariner father (and former Coal and Oyster Merchant) Thomas John Kemp at Cliddia in Perranwell.

fw kemp master cert

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).


Putting another face to a WW1 name – F.W. Kemp

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




Called to the Colours and Selling Up 1916

IMG_2222Interesting little paragraph in the West Briton September 7th 1916, showing the effects of conscription on village life.

It is the report of the Military Tribunal on conscription and reserved occupations for the rural districts of Truro.

Edward Gay had, like many others,  appealed against call up or conscription because of business and family interests.

Mr Edward Gay (29),  Carclew Terrace, Devoran appealed on the grounds that he had a carrier’s bus and ran a coal business. He was married with two children. Exempted till August 1st [1916] then join up. 

This carriers ‘bus or omnibus would have the modern equivalent to running a bus and freight service to and from Devoran and surrounding areas.

‘Called to the Colours’ and with no one to take over his carriers and coal business, he sold up his horses, harnesses and carriages at auction.


One Mr E. E.  Gay appears on the Devoran Roll of Honour in the Village Hall and thankfully survived the war, along with a W. Gay. A relation? One Bill Gay reappears on the Devoran Home Guard photograph.

Mr W. Gay appears in a similar situation in The West Briton: IMG_2223 Image of the West Briton November 9th, 1916.


E. E. Gay is listed on the first draft of the Roll of Honour, which ends in 1916. He is listed as a private in the Devon Regiment. He survived the war. 

A WW1 record card lists an Edward Gay enlisting in the Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry (our local regiment) as Private 30027,  then also serving in the Devon Regiment as a private No. 204877. This DCLI / Devon Regiment Edward Gay only received the standard Victory and British medals, suggesting that he did not serve in 1914 / 15. This sounds more like our August 1916 dated call up man.

Gay is quite a common name locally so making him more difficult to trace, combinations of Ernest or E. Gay quite common too.

Assuming E.E. Gay and Edward Gay are the same man, there is a Mr Ernest Edward Gay who was born around 1887 in Penryn and who died in 1942.

An interesting little glimpse of wartime life and the disruptions of conscription in Devoran in WW1.

Another list of tribunals and appeals will be posted tomorrow.

Blog posted by Mark Norris, Devoran War Memorial Project, 3 November 2018.

Remembering Frederick Webb of Devoran died Somme 18 July 1916




F Webb Gravestone , Albert Communal Cemetery Extension (Image copyright TWGPP/CWGC, The War Graves Photographic Project)

Over the next few days 100 years ago in July 1916, news would have arrived at the Devoran Post Office in the form of a letter or telegram addressed to aMrs. Maud Webb.

Maud(e)  was working or staying with her children at the Crown and Anchor Pub (now a private rather than a public house) on Quay Road in  Devoran, down near the disused old railway sheds workshops, which are now the Village Hall.

Devoran Village  Postman William Pascoe would be familiar with such telegrams, as he had received one about his own son William Donald Pascoe who died at Cosham on army training in 1915.

Maud Webb (nee Penhaligon) would have to break the dreaded news of their father’s death to his six children, some of whom were under a year old at the time. Her oldest daughter Dorothy Maud was of school leaving age around 14, the other older children would have attended Devoran Council / Board School in its old School buildings on the Market Street crossroads.

In time Maud would have to battle to receive Frederick’s war pension for her family, requiring   local Devoran Policeman  PC9 Albert Killow to clarify the number and similar names of Webb’s six children, all born in Truro. The family later moved to Penryn in the 1920s.

Frederick (Gordon) Webb, Sapper, 155779, 179 Tunnelling Company, Royal Engineers was killed on 18 July 1916, aged 41.

According to Simon Jones’ excellent website, Webb was a tunneler’s Mate and was “killed by enemy shrapnel whilst returning to billet after relief. Davey wounded.” You can read nore about Webb at:


‘F.G. Webb, Sapper RE’ appears on the first 1914 draft of the Village Roll of Honour, recently discovered behind the finished copy.


F.G. Webb’s name would in time appear on the granite Devoran War Memorial sometime around 1919/20 in the churchyard opposite the school which his children attended. His name would be on the final  Roll of Honour in the Village Hall, yards away from the Webb lived on Quay Road. The recreation ground would be dedicated in memory to the serving men of the village in 1919, behind the Devoran Council School whilst Webb’s family may have still lived there.

cwgc qmaac front

Webb is buried in Albert Communal Cemetery Extension on the Somme,  grave reference I.K.38, beautifully maintained by the stonemasons and gardeners of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC). http://www.cwgc.org/find-a-cemetery/cemetery/61300/ALBERT%20COMMUNAL%20CEMETERY%20EXTENSION

A few days after being part of the “Names on The Roll” WW1 talk at Devoran Village Hall and talking about Devoran’s Somme Casulaty F.G. Webb amongst others, I was a guest at a talk on 6th July 2016  at Kew Gardens given by David Richardson, the CWGC Director of Horticulture who mentioned and showed pictures of Albert Communal Cemetery. http://www.hortweek.com/interview-david-richardson-director-horticulture-commonwealth-war-graves-commission/article/1135983

Albert was one of the cemeteries where the cemetery is still planted up and screened off from the busy road by trees as suggested during a visit 100 years ago by the Director of Kew Gardens Arthur Hill, one of the Kew Gardens staff working as a Horticultural Advisor to the CWGC http://www.kew.org/discover/blogs/kew-science/plants-and-conflict-landscapes-%E2%80%93-somme-and-beyond

David and his colleagues also coincidentally showed a picture of Maala Cemetery where Devoran casualty James Johnson is buried, now in war-torn Yemen. David  reassured me with the news to pass on to the wider Devoran Village today that despite the unrest this cemetery is well maintained and that local CWGC staff would return when safe to check on the cemetery and Johnson’s graves amongst others, as they are maintained “in perpetuity”. https://devoranwarmemorial.wordpress.com/2016/06/22/james-johnson-of-devoran-ww1-casualty-update/

Remembering Frederick Webb and the grieving families of Devoran, 100 years on.

Posted by Mark Norris, Devoran War Memorial Project, 18/19 July 2016


“The Names on the Roll” talk Devoran 1st July 2016


Ever wondered what life was like for people around Devoran, Point and Penpol a hundred years ago?

How might life in the Devoran area have changed for its men, women and children during the First World War?

Local Devoran history enthusiasts Bob Richards and Mark Norris have spent several years researching the lives of the men named on the Devoran War Memorial as part of the WW1 centenary.

With the recent discovery of a lost early draft panel during the restoration of the Roll of Honour in Devoran Village Hall, Bob and Mark have used these new clues to explore more of the military histories of the volunteers and veterans who signed up in 1914 and 1915, along with the conscripts of 1916 onwards.

Bob and Mark will be joined by Sue Corfield, the paper conservator who will talk about how she cleaned and  restored the Roll of Honour and discovered the missing panel.

devoran poppies and roll of Honour

The newly unveiled handmade poppies made by Ann, Esther and others garland the Roll of Honour, Poppies Coffee morning, Devoran Village Hall, 19 July 2014

Discover more about Devoran’s Royal Navy men, merchant sailors, early aircrew, officers and other ranks, soldiers, saddlers, tunnelers, land girls and the young lady ambulance driver who wrote these “names on the roll”.

100 years ago Devoran, Point and Penpol were very different villages from today, their serving men and women drawn from a vanished working world.

Bob and Mark will be exploring the family history, local connections and military journey of some of the many “names on the roll” of honour researched so far, some who survived and some who never returned …

Proceeds from this illustrated talk go towards the Devoran Village Hall restoration fund Phase 2.

Friday 1st July  7.30pm (doors 7.00pm) Devoran Village Hall, Quay Road, Devoran,  Cornwall, TR3 6PW
£8 including Ploughman’s Supper
(Ploughman’s Suppers must be booked in advance)
Tickets: devoranvh@live.co.uk or 0776 542 3751
In aid of Devoran Village Hall Refurbishment Fund Phase 2


Devoran War Memorial Project


The first draft of Devoran Parish Roll of Honour revealed.

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

W. Apps

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

Column 1

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

Column 2

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.”

Ongoing Research

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.