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World War 1 & 2 - Detailed information
Compiled and copyright © Paula & Dave Kennington 2006

The memorial stands adjacent to the lychgate in the grounds of St. Constantine Church, Forem Street, Milton Abbot. It takes the form of a three-stepped octagonal base surmounted by a two-stage, square sectioned plinth, overhanging a square sectioned capstone with a concave moulded upper area flowing into the foot of a tapering octagonal sectioned shaft and integral cross; the front face of the shaft incorporates a raised profile sword, pointing downwards; the lower plinth is of a slightly larger square section and reduces via a moulded upper area to the section of the upper plinth. Pinned-lead lettering forms the inscription and the names text on front faces of both plinths but the letters are a little faded. There are ten names for World War 1 and one fo World War 2.

Photograph Copyright © Paula & Dave Kennington 2006

To the glory of God and in proud memory of


William Henry

Private 28095, 1st Battalion, Prince Albert's (Somerset Light Infantry). Killed in action 22 August 1918. Aged 20. Born Sydham, Devon, resident Milton Abbot, Devon, enlisted Plymouth. Son of the late Thomas and Elizabeth Dingle. No known grave. Commemorated on LOOS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 38 and 39.


Thomas aka Tom

Private G/76107, Royal Fusiliers posted to 1st/4th Battalion, London Regiment (Royal Fusiliers) formerly TR/7/6428, 93rd Training Reserve Battalion. Killed in action 23 August 1918. Aged 19. Born Milton Abbot, Devon, resident Lewdon, enlisted Plymouth. Son of Elizabeth Marlow, of Park, Chillaton, Lewdown, Devon, and the late William Eggins. Buried in BOYELLES COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Pas de Calais, France. Plot II. Row E. Grave 10.



possibly Corporal 865589 [SDGW} or 865689 [CWGC], 22nd Battery, 130th Brigadem, Royal Field Artillery. Died on service in Salonika 28 November 1917. Aged 21. Born and enlisted Tavistock. Son of Samuel and Mary Jane Martin, of 2, Tuell Cottages, Sydenham, Damarel, Tavistock. Buried in MIKRA BRITISH CEMETERY, KALAMARIA, Greece. Grave 161.


Montague Guy aka Montie

Private 290785, 9th (Service) Battalion, Devonshire Regiment. Killed in action 26 October 1917. Born Egloskerry, Cornwall, enlisted Salisbury. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 38 to 40.



[Listed as Edward on SDGW] Private 202280, 1st/7th Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment. Died of wounds in United Kingdom 18 November 1917. Born Stowford, Devon, resident Coryton, Devon, enlisted Tavistock, Devon. Buried in NETLEY MILITARY CEMETERY, Hampshire. C.E. Grave 1932.


Hedley J

No further information currently - can find no records for around that period



Lance Corporal 14813, 12th (Service) (Bristol) Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment. Died of wounds 28 June 1918. Aged 22. Born Milton Abbot, Devon, enlisted Weston-Super-Mare. Son of Eri and Elizabeth A. Wonnacott, of Hardicott, Tavistock, Devon. Buried in TANNAY BRITISH CEMETERY, THIENNES, Nord, France. Plot 3. Row F. Grave 9.


James Henry

Lance Corporal G/865, 4th Battalion, Duke of Cambrdge's Own (Middlesex Regiment). Killed in action 2 July 1916. Aged 31. Born Tavistock, Devon, enlisted Uxbridge, Middlesex. Son of Mrs. A. Greenhuff. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 12 D and 13 B.



Private 148536, 78th Battalion, Canadian Infantry. Killed in action 9 April 1917. Aged 24. Born 1 April 1893 in Milton Abbot, Devonshire. Son of Mrs. Ann Yole, of 34, Fitzford, Tavistock, Devon. Attested 10 Novembher 1915 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, a Farmer by trade, single, aged 22 years, height 5 feet 8 inches, weight 150 lbs, chest 35-38 inches, ruddy complexion, blue eyes, brown hair, religious denomination Church of England. Sailed from Halifax, Nova Scotia aboard S.S. Empress of Britain 20 May 1916, arrived in Liverpool, England 29 May 1916; embarked for France at Southampton 12 Augustus 1916, disembarked Havre, France 13 August 1916. No known grave. Commemorated on VIMY MEMORIAL,Pas de Calais, France. National Archives of Canada Accession Reference: Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF), RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 10638 - 37



Private T/207035, 11th Battalion, The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment) formerly 299775, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 1 August 1917. Born Milton Abbot, Devon, resident Woburn Abbey, Beds, enlisted Luton, Beds. Son of Matthew and Ann Yole, of 7, Taylor Square, Tavistock, Devon. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

Who gave their lives for King and Country in the Great War 1914-1918



George Henry

Acting Leading Seaman D/JX 154346, H.M. Submarine Pandora, Royal Navy. Died at sea 1 April 1942. Aged 20. Born 8 November 1921 in Okehampton, Devon. Son of George and Rosa Mayhew Cockwill, of Kelly, Devon. No known rave. Commemorated on PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Devon. Panel 63, Column 3.

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