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Devoran Men In His Majesty’s Forces January 1915

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:

Apps,

James Bilkey,

John Bilkey,

Charles Brabyn,

Fred Cooke,

Charles Coad,

John Collins,

– Cooke,

– Chenoweth,

– Chenoweth,

Albert Crocker,

S. Dowerick,

R. Ellis,

J. Ferris,

William Geach,

Walter Hamlin,

Fred Hichens,

W. Hichens,

Louis Hall,

S. Hall,

Humphrey Hicks,

James Johnson,

George Lilly,

James Lewarne,

W. Lewarne,

R. Lewarne,

P. Marshall,

J. Merrifield,

H. Merrifield,

James Murray,

R. Rickard,

Arthur Rosevearne,

E. Searle,

– Sandwell,

A.W. Thornton,

Alfred Teague,

Thomas Tyacke,

Claude Trenoweth,

Percy Trenoweth,

William Teague,

Thomas Arnold Venning, (Engineer Lt. Commdr – killed)

Albert John Venning (Engineer Lt. Commdr)

Orlando Webster,

William Woolcock,

Richard Williams,

Fred Williams,

W. Dunstan,

Arnold Brown.

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?)

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

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.

 

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Merchant Navy Day: remembering Devoran’s lost sailors

A mass of wreaths and poppies at The Tower Hill Merchant Navy memorial, Oct 2014 (Mark Norris, Devoran War memorial Project)

A mass of wreaths and poppies at The Tower Hill Merchant Navy memorial, Oct 2014 (Mark Norris, Devoran War memorial Project)

3rd September each year is Merchant Navy Day when the Red Ensign is proudly displayed in many places.

Devoran War Memorial lists several Merchant Navy casualties from WW2, including some listed on the village hall Roll of Honour as surviving throughout WW1 in the Mercantile Marine.

https://devoranwarmemorial.wordpress.com/2014/11/03/lost-devoran-sailors-on-the-merchant-navy-memorial-tower-hill/

On the Tower Hill memorial many other lost Cornish and west country Merchant Navy and fishing fleet  sailors and crews are mentioned and proudly remembered.

For more information on Merchant Navy Day:

http://www.merchantnavyfund.org/merchant-navy-day/

Lost Devoran sailors on the Merchant Navy Memorial, Tower Hill

On a recent trip to London, I stopped at The Tower Hill Memorial to missing men of The Merchant Navy who have no known grave. On this  memorial are several  Devoran War Memorial names.

In the First World War section G.F.Crocker of Devoran is remembered high up on the columns of names. More can be found about Crocker on the Devoran  WW1  names section.

There is more about the Tower Hill memorial on this CWGC website page.

Thousands of names of lost Merchant Navy men from WW1 . Tower Hill Memorial, London (Picture: Mark Norris, Devoran War Memorial project )

Thousands of names of lost Merchant Navy men from WW1. Tower Hill Memorial, London (Picture: Mark Norris, Devoran War Memorial project )

Devoran's G.F.Crocker of the SS Sailor Prince,  one of the  Merchant Navy men from WW1 with no known grave lost at sea recorded on the  Tower Hill Memorial, London (Picture: Mark Norris, Devoran War Memorial project )

Devoran’s G.F.Crocker of the SS Sailor Prince, one of the Merchant Navy men from WW1 with no known grave lost at sea recorded on the Tower Hill Memorial, London (Picture: Mark Norris, Devoran War Memorial project )

On the World War 2 section are recorded further Devoran names: T.H. Kemp and W.C. Nicholls. More can be found about each casualty on the Devoran  WW2 names section.

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SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESStatues on the  WW2 section Tower HIll memorial represent the 24,000 missing Merchant Navy sailors and fishermen.

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

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

W.C. Nicholls, AthelPrincess, WW2 section , Tower Hill memorial

W.C. Nicholls, AthelPrincess, WW2 section , Tower Hill memorial

A mass of wreaths and poppies at The Tower Hill Merchant Navy memorial, Oct 2014 (Mark Norris, Devoran War memorial Project)

A mass of wreaths and poppies at The Tower Hill Merchant Navy memorial, Oct 2014 (Mark Norris, Devoran War memorial Project)

Not far away the loss of over 888,246 British and Commonwealth men and women killed in WW1 is memorably recorded by the temporary installation of 888,246 ceramic poppies in the moat of the Tower of London “Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red” by Paul Cummins.

Devoran men lost in WW1 are represented by a handful of the 888,246 poppies Tower Hill poppies installation, Oct 2014.

Devoran men lost in WW1 are represented by a handful of the 888,246 poppies Tower Hill poppies installation, Oct 2014.

Amazingly these poppies have all now sold, raising millions for veterans’ charities.

Each of the Devoran men on the WW1 section of the war memorial is represented by one of these poppies.

 

Devoran men lost in WW1 are represented by a handful of the 888,246 poppies Tower Hill poppies installation, Oct 2014.

Devoran men lost in WW1 are represented by a handful of the 888,246 poppies Tower Hill poppies installation, Oct 2014.

This year two new names have been added to the Devoran war memorial, and their names will be read out with many others at the Armistice Sunday service. The folders of research about the named casualties by Tony Dyson, Bob Richards and Mark Norris  are housed in the Parish Church.

The new panel on the Devoran War Memorial, listing two new WW1 Devoran casualty names P.A. Sweet and W.J. Hoyle, thanks to work / research by Bob Richards and the Feock Parish Council. Image: Mark Norris

The new panel on the Devoran War Memorial, listing two new WW1 Devoran casualty names P.A. Sweet and W.J. Hoyle, thanks to work / research by Bob Richards and the Feock Parish Council. Image: Mark Norris

I will be observing the  two minutes silence elsewhere on the Sunday but it is good to see the renewed interest in the names on the war memorial amongst people in the village.

LIke their families and loved ones in Devoran 100 years ago, we will remember them.