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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)
  • 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
  • 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)
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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)
  • 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


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 Saintís Church at Princeís Park in Liverpool, Michael had been educated at Blundellís 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.


Pte. Frederick Charles Bladon 8th Battalion Devonshire Regiment (d.24th May 1916)

My Great Uncle Freddie Bladon was born in Berkhampsted in 1898 and enlisted at St Albans, Hertfordshire in 1915. He only survived six months and was killed at Flanders at only 18 years of age. I would like to know why when he enlisted in Hertfordshire and ended up in a Devonshire Regiment way down in the south.

Editor's Note: Only men who were already serving in the army when war broke out, or who joined a pals battalion in the first months of the war or those attested via the Derby Scheme served in their local regiments. All others were allocated to which ever unit needed additional men.


Pte. Harold Purse 1st/4th Btn. Devonshire Regiment (d.17th Feb 1917)

Harold Purse was the son of George Chick Purse, of Vicarage Street, Colyton, Devon. He died aged 19 on 17th February 1917 and is commemorated on the Shaikh Saad Old Cemetery Memorial in the Amara War Cemetery in Iraq.

S Flynn


2nd Lt. Wiliam Dallin Vicary 6th Btn. Devonshire Regiment (d.8th March 1916)

Wiliam Vicary was born in 1887 at Blockley Kent, son of Henry Walter and Jane (nee Dallin). He worked as manager for Lloyds Bank in Braunton Devon. William died in Mesopotamia (Iraq) and is buried in AL Basrah, Basra, Iraq

Martyn Rundle


Pte. Jack Litton 8th Btn. Devonshire Regiment (d.5th Oct 1917)

Jack Litton has no known grave and is remembered on the Tyne Cot Memorial.


Sgt. James Norman Williams DCM, MM 9th Btn. Devonshire Regiment (d.5th Oct 1918)

James Williams volunteered at 17 and within 4 years was promoted to sergeant. He was tragically killed in action just 1 month before the armistice. He was awarded the Military Medal and the Distinguished Conduct Medal, his citation reads: "For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in reconnoitering for and taking part in a daylight raid in full view of enemy's lines, and by skillful bombing holding back an enemy party until his own got clear."

He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Williams, of 28, Grandidge Terrace, Rochdale and was killed in action on 5th Oct 1918, aged 21. he is commemorated on the Vis-en-Artois Memorial in France.

s flynn


Pte. Thomas Bickle 9th Btn. Devonshire Regiment (d.26th Oct 1917)

Information has been difficult to find as there are no official records remaining, having gone up in the Blitz in WW2. From what I can find Thomas Bickle died from his wounds in the field hospital at Lijssenthoek on the 26th October 1917 and is buried in the nearby cemetery.

During the 7th October, 9th Devons were part of 7th Division's supporting the ANZAC's attack on Broodseinde Ridge, starting on the left flank of Polygon Wood. I can only imagine that Thomas was injured at some stage of the battle and was evacuated eventually to Lijssenthoek.

He was one of 5 sons, his brother Albert was killed in Mesopotamia and is commemorated on the Tehran War Memorial as he has no known grave. My mother said that her great grandfather had both their names inscribed on his shaving mirror so that he would always be reminded of them.

Andrew Nicholson


2nd Lt. Spencer Osborne Branch MM. 2/5th (City of London) Btn. London Regiment

Spencer Branch served in France with effect from 24th January 1917. He initially served with the London Regiment. He was, at some point, awarded the Military Medal. He later transferred to the Devonshire Regiment.

R. Grypari

Want to know more about Devonshire Regiment?

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  These include information on officers, regimental histories, letters, diaries, personal accounts and information about actions during the Great War.

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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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