Individuals

Charles Henry Stoneman


Charles Henry Reekes


2nd Lt Mansel-Carey


Lt william noel Hodgson m.c.

9th Devon's


unknown Captain


l/c e.r. Bennett


pvt george martin






william john eveleigh


Pte Warneford Wilkinson-

pre ww1




thomas curtis rowe


private george h. stacey

Private George Stacey, 1st/5th Devon's, lies within the lower section of the Western Front in Chambrecy British Cemetery, Marne, south west of Reims. Born and enlisted at Newton Abbot he had been a boilersmith's mate at the GWR workshops at Newton Abbot railway station at the outbreak of war. A member of the Devonshire Regiment Territorials, he as served in garrison duties in India from 1914 to 1917, and fought in the Palestine campaign and was then transferred to the Western Front. Killed in action, newspaper reports quote a letter a letter from a 'chum' that state he was shot through the heart. He died on Sunday 28th July 1918, aged 21. He is listed on Newton Abbot war memorial and on the GWR Roll of Honour displayed at many railway stations including Exeter and Newton Abbot. Rest in Peace.



Pvt FRancis James Warren


A postcard to his mum!



Lt William Thomas MArtyn

British officers 1912 pattern tunic, worn by Lt William Thomas Martyn , Born in Plymouth Devon 8th January 1887 . A pre war regular who,s battalion was the 1st Devon's , at the wars breakout stationed on the small island of Jersey . He was at this time an ordanary soldier . His Battalion landed in France 22 August 1914 ,making him very much an "Old contemptible " The sharp eyed will notice the lack of silver Rossetti on the 14 star ribbon but there are marks where it was and it and possibly an MID clasp are simply missing . His service number on the medal card is 8288 . He made good progress and ended up as a WO2 before taking a commission on 26th February 1918 . He was married in 1911 to an Elisebeth Kate Taylor and had 6 children . To my mind a typical example of a man who was clearly a good type and already married on the wars breakout and due to the war was promoted far more quickly than would have been the case in the pre war army . He is said to have left the army and worked as a taxi driver in Exeter , Devon , and passed away on boxing day 1973 , I big thanks to Paul Hannon for this excellent research.

sgt Albert edwin kingdon

This is Albert Edwin (Bert) Kingdon who was born 09.08.1883 in Cooks Cross, South Molton, Devon, the son of Edwin (Ned) Kingdon b.1858 Kings Nympton & Mary Jane Gregory (born in Barnstaple Workhouse), who married in South Molton in 1878; In 1891 he lived with his parents at #11, Cambrian Place in South Molton, Devon; I did not find him in 1901 Census records but it is known that he drove a 4 wheel cab from Lynton to Malmsmead & the Doone Valley in Devon in that year. We also believe that ‘Bert’ Kingdon worked at the Balls Head Hotel in Lynmouth as ‘Boots’ from 1897 to 1903. (This is most likely the Blue Ball Inn located in Countisbury on the old coaching route from Porlock to Lynmouth). In 1911 he was a Groom for Lord Poltimore’s Manor Estate, living in the Stables in North Molton, Devon; Albert Edwin Kingdon Married Florence Mary Jury on 26.02.1913 in South Molton. In 1939 Albert E, a Lorry Driver & wife Florence M Kingdon lived at #32, Aclands, South Molton (6 of their children were there also); At some stage his occupation is recorded as being a Brewer, living at #55, East Street, then #3, Fir Terrace & finally #42, Hugh Squire Avenue in South Molton, Devon; Albert Edwin Kingdon Died on 15.09.1959;


medal card

mentioned in despatches

Mentioned in Despatches on 07.02.1919 by Lieutenant General Sir W R Marshall KCB, KCLI & the award is signed by Winston S Churchill, Secretary of State for War in 1919; Medals Card is on file for award of the Victory & British War Medals; His records indicate that there was no ‘Star’ Card & no ‘Territorial Efficiency Medal’ Card, but I am sure that those medals would have been issued;


Alexandra Mary Kingdon

This is my Wife’s (Alexandra Mary Kingdon) Paternal Grandfather); (He was the Uncle of Kingdon, Ernest: #1833, #265375 Private, Devonshire Regiment, WW1); (He was the Father of Edwin John Kingdon, who served New Zealand Air Force during WW2); (He was the Father of #7519032 Albert Ernest Valentine Kingdon, Royal Army Medical Corps, who won the Military Medal for Bravery in 1945 in Italy during WW2); (He was the Father of Sidney Gordon Kingdon, North Devon Yeomanry, who also served in Italy during WW2); (He was the Father of Frederick George Kingdon, Royal Air Force, who served in India during WW2); (He was the Father of #21073104, Lance Corporal, Gerald Roy Kingdon, who served his National Service with the Military Police in Germany in 1947/1948); (The Brother of Kingdon, Frederick (Curly): Registered Declared Alien registered US Army, WW1);