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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.