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Those known to have served with

Royal Devonshire Regiment

during the Second World War 1939-1945.

  • Alexander Aaron. Cpl.
  • Aston Benjamin William. Major
  • Cook Wilfred Bernard. Gnr. (d.4th May 1945)
  • Hodge Roburt John. Cpl.
  • Kite Henry William James. Pte. (d.13th Jun 1940)
  • McCoy James Donald. Pte. (d.10th Nov 1944)
  • Mugridge Leonard.
  • Sopwith Ivan Gerald. Capt. (d.17th Sep 1944)

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There are 2 pages in our library tagged Royal Devonshire Regiment  These include information on officers service records, letters, diaries, personal accounts and information about actions during the Second World War.

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Gnr. Wilfred Bernard "Cookie" Cook 86th Anti Tank Regt. Royal Artillery (d.4th May 1945)

My mother's first husband, was Wilf Cook, he was killed in, or near Hamburgh on the last day of hostilities in NW Europe, and my poor mother received the telegram with news of his death on VE Day, when most people were celebrating the end of the war in Europe.

He had originally been in the Devonshire Regt (5th TA Battalion) before the war, and was re-mustered into the Royal Artillery in about 1942, like so many other men at that time, as a result of the British Army re-organising itself, in order to fight a modern war more effectively. He landed on Juno Beach on D-Day, and fought his way through Caen, Holland and then into the German Heartland, and was killed on the eve of the cesstation of hostilities.

If anyone can help me put together a more complete picture, of Wilf's units activities, and his own personnal story, my mother, brother and myself would be extremely gratefull.

Pete Harper



Cpl. Aaron "Alec" Alexander 9th Btn. Devonshire Regiment

My father Aaron Alexander was called up and went into the 9th Devonshire Regiment on April 2, 1940. After three years he was transferred to the 53rd Welsh Recce Regiment.

He was a radio operator and a Right Recce driver. June 6, 1944 his regiment went over to France and landed in Caen and Biager. They went straight into action and many vehicles and men were lost on the first day.

They went through France and onto Lille (which they liberated). A message came through that a German general wanted to surrender and they were told to make their way across the border into Belgium to Ghent to meet up with the General. Instead of surrendering, the German's took my father and his regiment prisoners.

They ended up in Stalag 4B at Muelberg. Two hundred prisoners in a large hut, food was black bread and a sort of soup. Once they were registered they could get some food via the Red Cross. To get these parcels they had to walk underground for a distance of three miles, and then they only had one parcel between several men.

Lots of things terrible things happened whilst in the camp but he would never tell me. When the war was nearing the end the German guards left the camp, leaving the male villagers to guard the prisoners. They were finally liberated by the Russians, but although many of the prisoners tried to tell the Russians that the men guarding them were not German solders, many of the villagers were killed. My dad did mention that part of the camp was separated by razer wire and seemed to be a concentration camp.

Adrienne Alexander



Pte. James Donald McCoy DSO, DSM, 2nd Battalion Royal Devonshires (d.10th Nov 1944)

My grandfather told us from an early age about Great Uncle Donald and to remember him every November. It was because he felt he had let his mother down by not finding Donald when he ran away to enlist the day after Dunkirk. The papers were full of how many men had been lost and Donald aged 14 years wanted to be one of the men to answer the call for recruits. My grandfather searched for him for three days and found he had joined the Royal Devonshires having lied about his age. My Grandad unable to enlist due to pigeon chest and was a volunteer fireman, he had to accept Donald had gone to war.

Donald served with distinction, and was a credit to my Grandad who had raised him from the age of eight when their mother had died. My grandad kept in a box Donald's medals he was sent after Don died. They included a DSO and DSM with bar plus others from memory. They disappeared after my Grandad died.

I still remember Donald in honour of my grandad and would love to know something of how he won his medals to tell my children. The war graves still list Don as 23 when he died, but he wasn't, he was only 19.




Major Benjamin William Aston Devonshire Regiment

I'm looking for information on my grandfather, Benjamin Aston. I have found information on him during 1936 as being in the Territorial Devonshire Regiment. I know he became a Major during the war. I don't think he left this country. I know he was in the Army Corps at Oxford University and cadets at his private school. He moved to Glasgow after the war. I know he met my Gran or, so were told, as she was his driver later on in the war. Her name was Mary, or Molly Sprague or Cumming - she was born in Africa which is slowing her research. Anything on these guys would be amazing as I'm coming against a brick wall.

Laura Chalmers



Pte. Henry William James Kite 2nd Btn. Devonshire Regiment (d.13th Jun 1940)

Herny Kite aged 27 and is buried in the Pembroke Military Cemetery in Malta. Henry was the son of Henry James Kite and Rose Ellen Kite, of Weston, Bath, Somerset.

S Flynn



Cpl. Roburt John Hodge 12th Btn.

Jack Hodge served with the 12th Battalion, Devonshire Regiment.

Graham Hodge



Leonard Mugridge Devonshire Rgt.

My father, Leonard Mugridge, was with the Deveonshire Regiment (I think and airborne regiment). He was captured and sent to Stalag XIB, which had a great impact on him. He told me that the German were not terrible there, although one stole his belongings. He also said that the Russians were very badly treated. I have a few knives and forks he smuggled out of the German officers mess. I would be interested to hear from anyone who knew him.

Ken Mugridge



Capt. Ivan Gerald "John" Sopwith 11th Btn. Durham Light Infantry (d.17th Sep 1944)

Ivan Sopwith served with the 11th Btn. Durham Light Infantry and was posted to the 2nd Btn. Devonshire Regiment. I am his nephew and know nothing.

David Connell









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