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Throughout Devon there are various memorials and rolls of honour dedicated to those men and women who fell in various wars. These memorials and rolls cover many centuries in some cases, mostly though it is World War One and Two.

During any conflict there are certain acts of bravery or defiance that are noticeable above others. For these acts citations and medals have been awarded.

If anybody has information for those of the Second World War, Boer War, or the like similar to those supplied for the First World War then I would gladly post these as well.

Please Note: Every attempt has been made to transcribe this information accurately but there are occasions that the information supplied is incorrect or errors occur during transcription. We do not wish to cause offence to any families of the men detailed here and will change the relevant information when informed.

Also note that places detailed on these memorials may appear in the wrong county. This information has been transcribed from the records given and, as the men were parochial, the information supplied at enlistment was the view of the men and the county they thought they resided in.

These pages are available for transcripts of these memorials and rolls of honour. If you have a transcription of, or you are willing to transcribe, a Devon memorial or roll of honour for these pages then please contact me, the email address is below.

Current acknowledgements for assistance with these pages must go to Paula & Dave Kennington, Julie Searle, Avalon Eastman, Janet Graves, Chris Comber and others - thank you all.

Thank you,
Martin Edwards

The various memorials and cemeteries maintained by the War Graves Commission for the Western Front are described and pictured on the Internet. Details of Kranji War Cemetery and Taiping can be found in the Overseas section.

World War 1 & 2 - Others Selection

Pre-1914 - Memorial Selection


Most World War 1 Memorials list names in alphabetical order, death being the great leveller. On the Memorial tablet inside the Church of St. John the Baptist in Broadclyst, the men are strictly segregated according to rank - officers, non-commissioned officers and men - each has a separate listing. To the original rectangular panel on which the First World War dead are remembered, a smaller, shaped panel was added below, after World War 2, to form a unified monument.

A MUST visit site

Terry Leaman's Torquay and District Memorials

To gain an overview of all the towns and parishes covered, and hopefully to be covered, by this site there is an alphabetical index.

World War 1 & 2 - Devon
Axminster | Beer | Black Torrington | Bradninch | Brixham, HMS Saucy | Buckland Brewer | Clawton | Crediton | Cullompton | Culmstock | Dartmouth | Dartmouth, St Saviour | Dartmouth & Kingswear Sea Cadets WW2 | Dittisham | Down St Mary | Exbourne | Exwick | Hawkchurch | Hemyock | Horrabridge | Islington | Ivybridge | Jacobstowe | Kentisbury (WW2) | Kingsteignton | Lustleigh | Mary Tavy | Milton Abbot | Newton Poppleford | Newton St Cryes | Plymouth National Memorials | Plympton | Powderham | Princetown | Seaton | Shaldon | Sidmouth | St Marychurch | Starcross | Tavistock | Teignmouth St Michael the Archangel | Tetcott | Totnes | Witheridge

Exeter Guildhall Boer War |
Plymouth, Devonport Park, HMS Doris Boer War

External sites
Hele's School War Memorial

Dawlish World War 1 Project

Naval & Military Press Military History Books

Much information about soldiers who fell, were awarded medals and more is to be found in old copies of the London Gazette. Here is a brief resume:

The London Gazette, first published in 1665, is the oldest, continuously published newspaper in the United Kingdom and probably the world. The London Gazette and its sister publications, the Edinburgh and Belfast Gazettes, have a unique position in British publishing. They are official newspapers of the Crown. The London Gazette contains a wide range of office notices including State, Parliamentary and Ecclesiastical notices, Transport and Planning notices as well as Corporate and Personal Insolvency notices to name a few. In addition, a number of Supplements are published covering Honours and Awards, Premium Bonds, Armed Forces Promotions and Re-gradings, Companies' information, etc. and a Quarterly Index.

In the 17th century, it was believed that National efficiency depended on the intelligence received by the Crown and that the reckless publishing of news might endanger it. An embargo on the printing of news other than reports of events abroad, natural disasters, Royal declarations and sensational crime continued until 1640. This had the effect of delaying the development of the press in the UK. Censorship was introduced in 1643, followed by licensing of news publications. The Gazette came about because of two momentous events: the Great Plague and the decision of King Charles II to remove his court - effectively the government of the time - to Oxford. The London Gazette started life as the Oxford Gazette and after a few months changed to its current title.

The Maple Leaf Legacy Project
A Millennium Project in Remembrance of Canada's War Dead

War Memorials Trust

Friends of War Memorials is a charity dedicated to promoting awareness of the debt we owe to those who gave their lives in the cause of freedom, by ensuring that their memorials are properly maintained and preserved.

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Some of the cap badges are laid out, on a separate page.

Not all memorials were to people; there are memorials to various types of animal that served and fell in World War I for example, dogs.

Last updated: 7 July, 2023

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