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Willie Davey of Devoran died Somme 1916

100 years ago the Methodist congregation at Carnon Downs in Cornwall would arrive at chapel on Sunday to hear the sad news that Willie Davey, one of their choristers, had been killed on the Somme, aged 21. His body was never found.

At the 1st July 2016 commemoration of the Battle of The Somme at Devoran Village Hall, Bob Richards read out this interesting first person tribute to Willie Davey that he had written, whilst Willie Davey’s photograph in uniform  was projected on the wall:

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W J T Willie Davey in DCLI uniform (image from Tony Dyson’s 2007 research)

William John Trebilcock Davey

I was born towards the end of 1895, second of five children of Joseph Henry and Catherine Ada Davey. I got the name Trebilcock from my mother’s maiden name.

I had an older sister, Laura Gwendoline and younger siblings, Enid Irene, Gerald Ewart and Joseph Henry. We lived at Carnon Crease.

My father was a Monumental Mason, carving mainly headstones.

We were all strong Methodists and attended the Chapel in Carnon Downs.

When I left school I worked as a gardener but when the War came I joined up and was proud to be in the 10th Battalion, Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry.

The Battalion was formed in Truro in March 1915 and we were known as the Cornwall Pioneers. There were a lot of local boys in that unit.

On 20th June 1916 we landed at Le Havre and were soon in the thick of the action when the Battle of the Somme began just a couple of weeks later on 1st July.

It was a terrible time, men and boys being killed in their thousands, many more horribly wounded.

On 16th July we were temporarily attached to the 66th Division and fought alongside them. Many of these men were from the 2nd East Lancashire Regiment and sounded strange when they talked, not like us Cornish at all.

28th July we went into action and I never came back.

Nobody knows exactly how I died and nobody ever found my body.

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W.J.T. Davey has no known grave and is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial. (Image: http://www.cwgc.org.uk website)

Later they etched my name on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing along with over 72,000 others who died in that horrible campaign and who have no known grave.

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Plaque in Carnon Downs Methodist Chapel to Willie W J T Davey (Image: Tony Dyson)

Back home they remembered me on the Devoran War Memorial and also on a plaque in Carnon Downs Methodist Chapel where the family still attended after I died.

Father never did have the honour of knowing how I died or carving me a headstone.

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Written by Bob Richards, Carnon Downs.

Willie Davey, remembered on the Devoran War Memorial and in his home village.

https://devoranwarmemorial.wordpress.com/2013/07/27/devoran-first-world-war-casualties-d-to-j/

http://somme-roll-of-honour.com/Units/british/10th_DCLI.htm

Blog posted by Mark Norris, Devoran War Memorial Project.

 

 

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?)

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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.

 

Remembering James Johnson DCLI of Devoran died 12 April 1916

Private James Johnson of Devoran died in Yemen on 12 April 1916, serving with the 1/4 Battalion, Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry.

Private James Johnson, 2753, 1/4 Battalion, DCLI (Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry) died on 12 April 1916. He is buried at D76, Maala Cemetery, Yemen, suggesting he died defending Aden against the Turks.

His battalion served in India 1914–1916, in Aden from 1916–1917 before serving a(fter Johnson’s death) in Egypt 1917–1918.

Maala Cemetery, Yemen

James Johnson of Devoran and Falmouth lies buried in Maala Cemetery, Yemen (Image cwgc.org website)

Johnson was posthumously awarded the standard Victory and British War Medal.

Born in Falmouth around 1879, he was listed on Soldiers Who Died in the Great War as resident in Devoran. The CWGC website lists him as the husband of Alice Johnson, Belmont Terrace, (Trevoran – CWGC spelling mistake) Devoran, Truro.

James Johnson, like others in his Falmouth extended family, was a House Painter.

In 1901 the couple were living in 55a Killigrew Street, Falmouth.

In the 1911 census, James and Alice (b. 1879, Perranwell /Perranarworthal) had been married 11 years and were living at Carnon Gate with their two children Charly / Charles Johnson b. 1901, Perranwell / Perranarworthal and Cathleen Johnson, b.1909, Falmouth. 2 others of their children died young.

The ‘hidden’ or first draft 1914-1916 panel  of the Devoran Parish Roll of Honour lists him amongst the 1914 enlistments or volunteers.

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Devoran war memorial, names A to J , First World War

https://devoranwarmemorial.wordpress.com/2013/07/27/devoran-first-world-war-casualties-d-to-j/ or James Johnson on Devoran War Memorial WW1 section

James Johnson and family, remembered in his home village of Devoran.

Remembering Lewis Adams Devoran Kea died 1 April 1941

Able Seaman Lewis Adams D/J/12221, Royal Navy, HMS Chelsea died aged 46 on 1 April 1941.

He has no known grave and is listed on the Plymouth Naval Memorial, panel 46, column 1.
Listed on CWGC as the son of James and Mary Ann Adams. The local connection is his wife, Dorothy Mary White Adams of Devoran, Cornwall.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2474568/ADAMS,%20LEWIS

His name can be found added to the plinth of the Kea Church war memorial, below the First World War names. Kea War memorial can be seen at this site:

http://thebignote.com/2012/10/11/st-kea-church-war-memorial/

HMS Chelsea was a lend lease ship from America http://uboat.net/allies/warships/ship/4173.html

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.

Gallipoli casualty Edwin Marshall of Devoran portrait found

A photograph of Edwin Marshall of Devoran has been found, in time for the centenary of his death en route to Gallipoli on the Troopship Royal Edward which sank on 13 August 1915.

Edwin Marshall of Devcran (c/o Olwen Martin / Ancestry)

Thanks to Olwen Martin, who still has relatives in the village, for permission to use this photo. Another face added to a name on the war memorial!

You can read more about Edwin Marshall at: https://devoranwarmemorial.wordpress.com/2013/07/21/devoran-first-world-war-casualties-k-to-p/

Remembering John Basil Tallack of Devoran 28 November 1944

Today is the 70th anniversary of the death on active service in Holland in WW2 of J.B. Tallack, reconnaissance unit, Royal Armoured Corps. His name can be found on the Devoran War Memorial, where I stopped by today to remember him, and also on a plaque in Carnon Downs Chapel.

Plaque in Carnon Downs chapel to J B Tallack  c/o Tony Dyson's 2007 research.

Plaque in Carnon Downs chapel to J B Tallack
c/o Tony Dyson’s 2007 research.

You can read more about him on the Devoran WW2 index of names:https://devoranwarmemorial.wordpress.com/2013/08/06/devoran-second-world-war-casualties-s-to-z/

As you can read on his entry, his relatives have planned to revisit his grave in Maasbre this year for the 70th anniversary, as they and Tallack’s parents did in the past. He is buried in a small row of his five Royal Armoured Corps comrades in a Dutch cemetery.

A faded photocopy of a photo of a visit to Tallack's original cross, The visitors are his parents. Photograph c/o Tony Dyson's 2007 research.

A faded photocopy of a photo of a visit to Tallack’s original cross, The visitors are his parents Photograph c/o Tony Dyson’s 2007 research.

J.B. Tallack – Remembered by his family and in his home village.