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Compiled and copyright © Paula & Dave Kennington 2006

This unusual memorial is located in the grounds of St. James church, Jacobstowe. It takes the form of a large stone of remembrance on a single step base; surmounting the stone is a black lamp in a wrought iron frame. The inscription is inlaid in black lettering and topped by a small black Maltese cross against a yellow roundel. There are five names for World War 1 and three for World War 2.

Photograph Copyright © Paula & Dave Kennington 2006
Photograph Copyright © David Bayne 2018

In proud memory of

GODFREY Francis Arthur
Lance Corporal 24441, 6th Battalion, Dorsetshire Regiment. Died 19 October 1918. Aged 21. Son of George Henry and Bessie Alma Godfrey, of The Mill, Jacobstowe, Exbourne, Devon. Buried in MONT HUON MILITARY CEMETERY, LE TREPORT, Seine-Maritime, France. Plot VIII. Row L. Grave 11B.
KING Albert John
Private 11415, 1st Battalion, Devonshire Regiment. Killed in action 26 July 1917 [SDGW states 20 July 1916]. Born and resident Okehampton, Devon, enlisted Exeter. Baptised 11 August 1895 in Jacobstowe, Devon, son of Edward and Elizabeth Brock King. In the 1901 census he was aged 5, born jacobstowe, Devon, son of Edward and Elizabeth B King, resident School House, Jacobstowe, Okehampton, Devon. In tyhe 1911 census he was aged 16, born Jacobstowe, Devon, a General Domestic Servant, working for John and Elizabeth Ann King, resident Higher Cadham Jacobstowe, Devon. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 1 C.
KING Sydney Edward
Private 345776, 1st Battalion, Devonshire Regiment. Killed in action 28 September 1918. Aged 26. Born Okehampton, Devon, resident Jacobstowe, Devon, enlisted Barnstaple. Son of Edward and Elizabeth King, of 8, Jacobstowe, Exbourne, Devon. No known grave. Commemorated at VIS-EN-ARTOIS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, on. Panel 4.
Sergeant 8804, 2nd Battalion, Devonshire Regiment. Died 12 November 1916. Aged 27. Native of Jacobstowe, Devon. Son of Henry and Mary Tancock, of Exbourne, Devon. Buried at ETAPLES MILITARY CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot XII. Row D. Grave 7A.
Private 46452, 4th Battalion, Prince of Wales's (North Staffordshire Regiment) formerly M/272317, Mechanised Transport, Royal Army Service Corps. Died of Broncho Pneumonia and Heart Failure in the 3rd General Hospital, Sheffiedl, 3:45pm, 14 January 1918. Born and resident Jacobstowe, Devon, enlisted Okehampton, Devon. Son of Richard and Sally Weeks, of North Piend, Jacobstowe. Attested 26 December 1915, aged 26 years 5 months, Farmer by trade, unmarried, resident Jacobstowe, height 5 feet 7 inches, chest 37½ inches, resident North Piend, Jacobstowe, religious denomination Church of England. In the 1911 census he was aged 23, born Drewsteignton, Devon, a Son Working On Farm, son of Richard and Sally Weeks, resident North Piend, Jacobstowe, Devon. Buried at the North of West end of the Church in JACOBSTOWE (ST. JAMES) CHURCHYARD, Devon.
Who gave their lives for their country in the war 1914-1918
COLWILL Leslie James
Driver 2347197, Royal Corps of Signals. Died of acute enteritis and cholera in Takanun Japanese P.O.W. camp 28 May 1943. Aged 28. Born 15 April 1915 in Devonshire, resident Devonshire. Married Edith A Henry in January to March Quarter 1940 in Pkehampton Registration District. Buried in KANCHANABURI WAR CEMETERY, Thailand. Plot 2. Row G. Grave 36. Also commemorated on memorial to Etta Colwill in Jacobstowe churchyard.
MURPHY Peter Casella
Major, A Company, Ist Battalion Royal Irish Fusiliers. Killed in action with his piper leading his Company in the counter attack on ‘Grandstand Hill’ near Bou Arada, Tunisia, on 18 January 1943. Born in 1912, son of Major Frank Casella of Dunsland Court, Jacobstowe, commissioned into East Yorkshire Regiment from Royal Military College Sandhurst and served in India and Palestine. In October 1939 he joined the British Expeditionary Force commanding "A" Company, 1st Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers and was awarded the Military Cross for leadership and gallantry during the withdrawal to Dunkirk.
JACQUES Horace Samuel
Petty Officer Telegraphist D/J 112956, H.M. Submarine "Sterlet," Royal Navy. Died at sea 27 April 1940. Aged 31. Born 30 September 1909 in Devonport. Birth registered as Horace Samuel Jacques in the October to December Quarter 1909, mother's maiden name White. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas James Jacques; husband of Margery Lilian (nee Smith) Jacques, of Dovercourt, Essex, married January tp March Quarter 1932 in Portsmouth Registration District, Hampshire. In the 1911 census he was aged 1, born Devonport, son of Lillie Emma jacques, resident 43, Cotchele Avenue, Devonport, Devon. No known grave. Commemorated on PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Devon. Panel 39, Column 3.

Last updated 26 October, 2020

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