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Devonshire Regiment

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Those known to have served with

Devonshire Regiment

during the Great War 1914-1918.

  • Andrews James Allfrey. Capt. 2nd Btn. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Barber Bertie. Pte. 1/6th Btn (d.8th Mar 1916)
  • Bickle Thomas. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.26th Oct 1917)
  • Black Edward. Pte. 9th (Service) Battalion (d.7th May 1917)
  • Bladon Frederick Charles. Pte. 8th Battalion (d.24th May 1916)
  • Bole James Joseph. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.14th Apr 1918)
  • Bowden Charles. Pte. 2nd Battalion (d.9th May 1915)
  • Branch Spencer Osborne. 2nd Lt. 2/5th (City of London) Btn.
  • Buck James William. Pte.
  • Cartmell William. Pte. 1/6th Batt (d.16th July 1916)
  • Clarke William George. Pte. 1/5th (Prince of Wales's) Battalion (d.28th Jul 1918)
  • Cornish Albert William. CQMS. 1st Battalion (d.19th Sep 1914)
  • Davey Charles. Pte. 8th Battalion (d.10th April 1917)
  • Dolbear George Edwin. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.9th May 1917)
  • Drew William. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.24th Apr 1917)
  • Fielder J. W.. Pte. 14th Btn. (d.25th Aug 1917)
  • Flower Arthur. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.5th Sep 1917)
  • Gilliland Hodgson Stewart. Lt. 1st Battalion
  • Harris Henry Percy. Sgt. 8th Btn. (d.17th November 1917)
  • Harris Henry. Pte. 2nd Btn.
  • Hearn John. Pte. 16th Btn. (d.2nd Sept 1918)
  • Helps S. R.. Pte. 1st/6th Btn. attd. 8th Reserve Btn. (d.5th April 1919)
  • Holland George Walter. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.27th Oct 1918)
  • Ingram W. H.. Sgt. 10th Btn. (d.24th April 1917)
  • Jacob Frederick James. Pte 14th Battalion (d.30 August 1917)
  • Jones Arthur Frank. Cpl. 8th Btn. (d.4th October 1917)
  • Jones Ernest. Pte.
  • Kelly Joshua William. Pte. 5th Btn
  • Kite William George. Pte. 1st (Garr.) Btn. (d.24th Nov 1918)
  • Lane Jesse. Sgt.Mjr. 1st Btn.
  • Lawrence Ernest. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.22nd Nov 1917)
  • Lewis Frank. Pte. 3rd. Labour Coy. (d.25th May 1918)
  • Litton Jack. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.5th Oct 1917)
  • Malone Brian Wilmot . 2nd Lt. 1st battalion (d.23rd April 1917)
  • Marker Joseph. Pte
  • Matthews Sidney Wright. Pte. 9th (Service) Btn.
  • Oakes Edwin James. Pte. 9th (d.6th October 1917)
  • Owen Henry. Pte. 9th Btn (d.17th Feb 1917)
  • Penfound George Frederick. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.12th May 1915)
  • Perry H.. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.10th Feb 1917)
  • Pipe Arthur F.. Pte.
  • Purse Harold. Pte. 1st/4th Btn. (d.17th Feb 1917)
  • Sanders John Conrad. Pte. 4th Btn.
  • Stirman Herbert. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.15th April 1917)
  • Suckling George Joseph. Pte. 17th Btn.
  • Tregelles Geoffrey Phillip. Capt. 8th (Service) Battalion (d.1 July 1916)
  • Tuffery Harold. Cpl. 1st Btn. (d.20th Jul 1916 )
  • Vicary Wiliam Dallin. 2nd Lt. 6th Btn. (d.8th March 1916)
  • Vincent John Wright. Cpl. 9th Btn.
  • Wagstaff Albert Victor. L/Cpl. 1st Btn. (d.25th May 1915)
  • Warren William Norrish. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.1st Apr 1916)
  • Whitfield Charles Henry. Pte. 2/7th Battalion
  • Whitfield Charles Henry. Pte. 2/7th Battalion
  • Williams James Norman. Sgt. 9th Btn. (d.5th Oct 1918)
  • Windle Michael William Maxwell. Lt. 8th Btn. (d.25th Sep 1915)
  • Wood Charles. Pte

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Pte. Joshua William Kelly 5th Btn Devonshire Regiment

Joss Kelly enlisted at Douglas on 20th of Feb 1917, aged 18 years 6 months. It was his second attempt at enlistment. He was 5' 3 1/2" and weighed 7 1/2 stone. The recruiting sergeant sent him away the first time, telling him he should come back when he'd grown a bit. He served in Palestine and France, where he was wounded at Rheims on 20th of Jul 1918. His record states: 'While advancing, a shell burst in close proximity and he was wounded in the leg'. Nature of Disability: 'Right foot [blown] off, stump gangrenous and full of maggots'. Treatment of Disability: 'Operation 24 Jul 1918, amputation [of right leg] 6 inches below [the] knee'. He was discharged as an invalid..

Like a lot of injured ex soldiers, he wasn't able to return to his profession as a Clothier's Assistant - his former employer wouldn't employ a cripple - so he made his living working various menial jobs. He was my great-grandfather. He lived to be 80. I suppose he was one of the lucky one's. He went over-the-top, aged 19, was blown up and left for dead three days in no-mans land. But he did at least survive.


Pte. Charles Davey 8th Battalion Devonshire Regiment (d.10th April 1917)

Pte Charles Davey was my Great Uncle Charlie. He is buried in Etaples Military Cemetery in France.

Andy Pay


Pte. S. R. Helps 1st/6th Btn. attd. 8th Reserve Btn. Devonshire Regiment (d.5th April 1919)

Private Helps is buried in the Poonamalee Cemetery in India, Row 13, Grave 46.

S Flynn


Pte. Ernest Jones Devonshire Regiment

Ernest Jones took the Queens shilling at Palatine buildings in Manchester. Volunteered Sept 1914. Believed to have served as a regular soldier prior to WW1 with the Devonshire Regiment. Saw action in Gallipoli and landed at Anzac beach. Took part in fierce fighting and was severely wounded at Suvla bay (most likely awaiting evacuation when the Turkish snipers and artillery took advantage of the exposed troops). Believed to have been rescued by an ANZAC and carried to safety. He was invalided to Cairo and returned to England. Then served in the Labour Corps and one news article at time of his death says he was wounded at Poperinghe, France. Unsure if this is a mistake in the article or not.

He holds the 1914-15 Star, General Service and Victory medals. Also the silver war badge. Mum and her sisters remember dressing his knee wounds which weeded until his death aged 92 in the 1970s. He was a very tough man always immaculately dressed and wore a glove. Mum says he was so soft and warm hearted and very kind but had a tough side which required 3 men to get him into an ambulance as he fought so hard.

His son, also Ernest, married a German girl aged 19 and he took her as his own and taught her English when all other women refused to speak to her. Funny story of him marching off to the butcher and threatening him as he refused to serve my German Gran. He was a dedicated Christian and carried a prayer written by his Vicar on the back of a card of 2 tommies in uniform walking down a road when the Angel of Mons appears. A cross is formed in the clouds.

A newspaper article on his death says 'he saw service in many lands' and "after toasting the Monarchs health several times with the colour sergeant still had twopence change." Wished I could have met and heard his stories.

David Baylay


Pte. Herbert Stirman 1st Btn. Devonshire Regiment (d.15th April 1917)

Private Herbert Stirman was born in Huddersfield, where his parents lived briefly during their long journey from Edingthorpe in Norfolk, via Newark in Nottinghamshire eventually settling in Birmingham - they came from a long line of agricultural labourers and all eventually settled in the Midlands with new industrial trades.

There are few details of Herbert's service, but his final journey was on HT Arcadian, going from Salonika to Alexandria when it was torpedoed by a German submarine in the Aegean Sea on 15 April 1917, the ship sank in 6 minutes. There were over 1300 troops and crew on this ship, but 277 perished, including Herbert, listed as drowned at sea. He is commemorated at Mikra Memorial Cemetery in Thessaloniki, Greece. He was 34 years old.

Sarah Stirman


Pte. George Joseph Suckling 17th Btn. Middlesex Regiment

George Suckling served with 17th Battalion, Middlesex Regiment. Photograph taken on 20th July 1916 at Hilders war hospital. Joe as he was known, would have been eighteen years old at this time. He afterwards transferred to the Devonshire regiment.

Karen Coles


Sgt. Henry Percy Harris MM 8th Btn. Devonshire Regiment (d.17th November 1917)

This is an extract from the book "For Our Tomorrow" about Combpyne-Rousdon in the First World War.

Henry Harris was born in Combpyne in the spring of 1893, the first child of Eli and Amelia (Minnie) Harris, who went on to have a further ten children together. The Harris’s were long time residents of Combpyne having been in the village since at least the beginning of the nineteenth century. The family lived at Little Bulmoor Farm where Eli was a carter. By 1911 Henry had left home and lodged with coachman Charles Honeybun and his family in Chard Street, Axminster, working as a farm labourer. At some point Henry moved to Rose Cottage in Whitford and began work on the Rousdon Estate (39). No record of a marriage has been found but between 1911 and 1914 Henry decided to become a regular soldier and joined the 1st Battalion the Devonshire Regiment. He was with his battalion in Jersey when war was declared and entered the ‘theatre of war’ on 22 August 1914. His regimental number, 9430, suggests he joined up in 1912, possibly initially as a territorial.

The 1st Devons landed at Le Havre on 22 August, where they joined ‘lines of communication’ defence troops, part of the BEF. Henry was rapidly in combat however as the battalion took part in the Battle of Le Cateau on 26th August, helping to hold up the German advance into France, and the Battle of the Marne in the second week of September which pushed back the Germans from the outskirts of Paris. Later in the autumn the battalion saw action at La Bassée and took part in the stand at Festubert.

My research has found that he received the Military Medal for gallantry on the Western Front where he was wounded, repatriated to England to recover, which was when he died.

Christine Needham


Pte. John Hearn 16th Btn. Devonshire Regiment (d.2nd Sept 1918)

John Hearn from Bideford was in the Devonshire Regiment in 1915 at Gallipoli in conflict against the Turks and also fighting against flies, disease and dysentery until Dec 1915. Then to Egypt just in time for 1916 New Year celebration and fighting the Turks again.

In January 1917, at Moascar, Egypt the two North Devon Regiments, The Royal 1st Devon Yeomanry and the Royal North Devon Hussars were amalgamated into one unit and renamed the 16th Battalion, Devonshire Regiment. John and the 16th Devons were sent to the front at Gaza fighting against the Turks in the Invasion of Palestine, and the Second and Third Battles of Gaza, including the capture of Beersheba and the Sheria Position.

They left Egypt in April 1918 and arrived in France in May. By August 1918 John Hearn, in the 16th Devons was taking part in some of the Battles on the Somme, and from 21st August to 3rd September 1918 they were fighting at what becomes known as the Second Battle of Bapaume second phase of the battle of Amiens.

In the evening of 1st of September 1918 the 16th Devons, attached to 229th Brigade, 74th Division, took over trenches from the 58th Division east of Bouchavesnes. They had orders to attack the German lines at 5.30 the next morning. Next morning, 2nd September, at zero hour the West Somersets led the attack with the Fifes and Forfars in support. A and B Companies of the 16th Devons were to follow them up, and as they passed Moislains the Devons were to veer off to clear the village, believing that little opposition, if any, was there. But as they went forward the West Somersets and the Fifes and Forfars were enfiladed with gun-fire from trenches near the village and suffered terribly. As A and B Companies of the Devons went forward they ran into a hail of machine-gun fire, and they too suffered terribly and were stopped at the outskirts of Moislains.

This was the day that John Hearn was killed. He has no known grave but is Remembered with Honour at the Vis En-Artois Memorial in France. His widow Edith was left with their three young daughters. Edith remarried and had another four children, but soon after the birth of her youngest, both mother and baby died. They are buried together at East-the-Water, Bideford, North Devon.



Pte. William Drew 9th Btn. Devonshire Regiment (d.24th Apr 1917)

William Drew was born on in 1885 to John and Ann Maria Drew (nee Hayward). He was born and lived in West Bromwich at 25 Farley Street near Great Bridge. He was a Moulder on the 1911 Census.

He was only awarded the British War and Victory Medal, not the Star so he could not have seen active service before 1916. The British War Medal is still held by the family as is his Death Plaque, the Victory Medal is, unfortunately, lost. He possibly saw conflict at Mametz on the Somme as he is buried in Croissilles Railway Cemetry. He was just 32 years old. He is commemorated on the St Peter's Church Memorial along with his brother, James who is commemorated at Thiepval and Gloucester Pier.

His parents had already lost their younger son, James at the battle of the Somme in 1916. Their other son, Joseph (Joe) served in the RFC (Royal Flying Corps) as it was then and survived.

Yvonne Richards


Sgt.Mjr. Jesse Lane 1st Btn. Devonshire Rgt.

The 1st Battalion, Devonshire Regiment was in Jersey, Channel Islands during August 1914 when WWI broke out. Jesse Lane married my grandmother on 15th August 1914 in St Helier, Jersey and the 1st Battalion shipped out to France on 21st August 1914. He was gassed in the trenches but survived the War.

Hilary Kaye


Cpl. Arthur Frank Jones 8th Btn. Devonshire Regiment (d.4th October 1917)

Arthur Jones died at the age of 21 at the Battle of Broodseinde.

Julian Kidd


Lt. Michael William Maxwell Windle 8th Btn. Devonshire Regiment (d.25th Sep 1915)

Lieutenant Michael Windle was killed in action on 25th of September 1915. He was the eldest son of the Reverend W. H. Windle, Vicar of All Saint’s Church at Prince’s Park in Liverpool, Michael had been educated at Blundell’s School and Exeter College, Oxford, and was aged 22 when he died. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Loos Memorial.


Pte. Arthur F. Pipe Duke of Cornwalls Light Infantry

Arthur Pipe arrived in France on the 21st Aug 1914. He also served with the Devon Regiment, Service No. 19696 and Hampshire Regiment, Service No. 28941

s flynn


Pte. J. W. Fielder 14th Btn. Devonshire Regiment (d.25th Aug 1917)

J.W. Fielder was the son of William and Elizabeth Fielder of Batheaston and husband of Alice Fielder, of Batheaston, Bath. He was enrolled in the Devonshire Rgt but transferred to (92556) 155th Coy. Labour Corps. He was killed on 25th August 1917, aged 37 and is buried in the Adinkerke Military Cemetery in Belgium.

s flynn


Pte. James William Buck Devon Regiment

We have the 1914 and Victory Medals and cap badge belonging to our great uncle James William Buck (born 1880) who was the elder brother of our grandfather who served with the Northumberland Fusiliers (and survived) and the youngest member of the family, Sgt James Cox Buck who served with our Home regiment the Somerset Light Infantry and who died in Flanders in 1916.

Attached to the medals is a handwritten note saying that James William was unable to live a civilian after the war. We do not know where he lived after the war and when he died. I have a note that he was also known as William so it is possible that any marriage record or death record could be recorded as William and not James. Having just read about the formation of the Labour Corps it seems possible that James was transferred from the Devon Regiment because he was not fit to fight and by the time the war ended was not able to lead a civilian life as the note states.

We are looking for help on where James might have lived post war and when he died. It's possible he married in 1910 under the name of William James Buck but we cannot be sure (still researching).

Andrew Paisey


Cpl. Harold Tuffery MM. 1st Btn. Devonshire Regiment (d.20th Jul 1916 )

Harold Tuffery was killed in action on the 20th July 1916, aged 26. He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

Martyn Tuffery


Pte. William George Kite 1st (Garr.) Btn. Devonshire Regiment (d.24th Nov 1918)

Aged 31 when he died, William Kite is buried in the Jerusalem War Cemetery and Memorial in Israel. He was the husband of Mabel Kite of 5 Mill Lane, West Twerton, Bath.

S. Flynn


Pte. H. Perry 10th Btn. Devonshire Regiment (d.10th Feb 1917)

Pte H Perry died on the 10th of February 1917 and is buried in the Doiran Military Cemetery in Greece.

S. Flynn


Sgt. W. H. Ingram 10th Btn. Devonshire Regiment (d.24th April 1917)

W. H. Ingram died on the 24th of April 1917. He is buried in the Doiran Military Cemetery in Greece.

s flynn


Pte. Charles Bowden 2nd Battalion Devonshire Regiment (d.9th May 1915)

Private Charles Bowden of the 2nd Devonshire Regiment died on May 9th 1915 aged 25. He was the son of John Jeffrey and Mary Jane Bowdon and lived in Bridgetown Totnes.

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Devonshire Regiment 1914-1918

C.T. Atkinson

The author is among the foremost of the Great War divisional and regimental historians and this book is typical of his standard of writing and composition. He has provided a continuous narrative in a chronological order, bringing in the various battalions as they came onto the stage in the relevant theatre of war. He has made use of war diaries, not only of the battalions but also, where appropriate of brigades and divisions. He was also able to make use of collected accounts of various actions and experiences of those who took part in them, giving the point of view of the man in the trenches. One third of the book, some 250 pages, contains the complete list of honours and awards, including Mention in Despatches, and the Roll of Honour, listed alphabetically by battalions.
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