Stockland First World War Project

Bryan Drew and Charles Holme have been researching the stories of the men of Stockland who fought in the First World War, 1914-19. The final draft of the document is now available and will be printed out and kept in the village church, St Michael and All Angels, Stockland. A copy will also be sent to the Devon Heritage Centre in Exeter. You can contact Charles using the website email address. Please put WW1 as the title of your message.

The First World War 1914 - 1919

“We must suffer much, but we shall know how to suffer for the great name of England and for all her high ideals, as our fathers did before us. We go into the fray without hatred, without selfish ambition”.
London, The Times, following the declaration of war on Germany, 4th August 1914.

The Route March of the 3rd Battalion of The Devonshire Regiment.

From Sir Robert Thesiger Watkin-Williams’ Diary – “A lovely hot day. The soldiers
arrived at 4 pm (at Stockland). Col. Harding, Captain Vaughan, Major Gill, Lt.
Larder and Miss Hake and Mr. Talbot all had tea here, (White House), then to the
school room where the soldiers tea was given. Lt. Larder went to the stream and
fished with me and afterwards Miss Rowan, Miss Hake, Capt. Vaughan, Major
Gill, Lt. Larder and Mr. Talbot dined with us. Capt. Vaughan and Lt. Larder stayed
the night and the troops left at 8.30 am the next morning for Upottery, Exeter and
Plymouth”.

The Soldiers and Sailors Families’ Association

"The local representative for Stockland and Dalwood is Mrs Watkins Williams, who was appointed by the Axminster Committee last week. All applications for advice or relief should be made to Mrs Williams at the White House, Stockland."
Pullmans Weekly News, 1st September 1914

Men of Stockland Parish who fought in the First World War 1914 - 1919

The stories of these men are contained in the Part II project file available for you to download at the foot of this page

Commemoration of the men whose names are remembered on the Stockland Memorial.

Fred BARTON
Grave reference: East of Church. Stockland, St Michael and All Angels churchyard
Commemoration Entry (Commonwealth War Graves Commission Website)
Reginald DIMON
Memorial reference: Memorial Panels 35 to 37, Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, France
Commemoration Entry (Commonwealth War Graves Commission Website)
Robert DIMON
Memorial reference: Addenda Panel, Tyne Cot Memorial, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.
Commemoration Entry (Commonwealth War Graves Commission Website)
William DRISCOLL

Walter Leonard DRISCOLL
Memorial reference: Soissons Memorial, Aisne, France
Commemoration Entry (Commonwealth War Graves Commission Website)
Frederick Benjamin FOXWELL
Memorial reference: Bay 6, Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.
Commemoration Entry (Commonwealth War Graves Commission Website)
William J GLADE
Grave Reference: A.8, Devonshire Cemetery, Mametz, Somme, France
Commemoration Entry (Commonwealth War Graves Commission Website)
Thornhill GOSLING
Grave Reference: South-east of chancel, Stockland (St Michael and All Angels) Churchyard
Commemoration Entry (Commonwealth War Graves Commission Website)
William George GOSLING
Grave Reference: I.J.19, Chocques Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.
Commemoration Entry (Commonwealth War Graves Commission Website)
Fred GOFF
Grave Reference: XII.E.1, Amara War Cemetery, Iraq.
Commemoration Entry (Commonwealth War Graves Commission Website)
William John LARCOMBE
Grave Reference: XXXI.H.33A, Etaples Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.
Commemoration Entry (Commonwealth War Graves Commission Website)
George Henry LONG
Grave Reference: II.E.10, H.A.C. Cemetery, Ecoust-St. Mein, Pas de Calais, France.
Commemoration Entry (Commonwealth War Graves Commission Website)
(Percy) Heber LOVERIDGE
Memorial reference: Pier and Face 1 C, Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.
Commemoration Entry (Commonwealth War Graves Commission Website)
Alfred William NORRIS
Grave reference: VI.B.1, Grand-Seraucourt British Cemetery, Aisne, France.
Commemoration Entry (Commonwealth War Graves Commission Website)
Frederick Charles PEARCE
Grave reference: VI.A.18, Royal Irish Rifles Graveyard, Laventie, Pas de Calais, France
Commemoration Entry (Commonwealth War Graves Commission Website)
Frank PILTON
Memorial reference: Panel 68, Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.
Commemoration Entry (Commonwealth War Graves Commission Website)
Reginald SMITH
Memorial reference: Panel 21, Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.
Commemoration Entry (Commonwealth War Graves Commission Website)
Frederick TRIM
Memorial reference: Panel 8-9, Vis-en-Artois Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.
Commemoration Entry (Commonwealth War Graves Commission Website)
Frederick TUCKER
Grave reference: II.E.4, Orchard Dump Cemetery, Arleux-en-Gohelle, Pas de Calais, France.
Commemoration Entry (Commonwealth War Graves Commission Website)
Edward William VINCENT
Grave reference: IV. I. 2, Quarry Cemetery, Montauban, Somme, France.
Commemoration Entry (Commonwealth War Graves Commission Website)
Sidney WEBBER
Memorial reference: Panel 38 to 40, Tyne Cot Memorial, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.
Commemoration Entry (Commonwealth War Graves Commission Website)

Names remembered on other parish memorials

BOYLAND Charles

Charles was born in Stockland in 1896, the son of Henry James and Hannah Charity Boyland, of Lower Oddle, Upottery. He joined the The Royal Marine Light Infantry, HMS Glatton, as C Boyland Private PO/16677. Private Boyland died on 2nd October 1918 age 23 and is buried in Hemyock Churchyard.

DOMMETT Arthur Frederick

Arthur was born in Dalwood in 1890, the sixth child of George and Elizabeth Dommett. George worked as a carpenter. The family later lived in Shute.
Arthur enlisted at Exeter as Private, Army Number 10048 in 8th Battalion The Devonshire Regiment, based in Aldershot.
Arthur married Lilly, the daughter of Edward and Emma Strawbridge of North Down, at Stockland on 11th July 1915. He died of wounds on 1st May 1916 when he was serving in Mesopotamia, attached to the 2nd Battalion, The Dorsetshire Regiment, Army Number 16016. Arthur is commemorated at the Amara War Cemetery in Iraq and his Medal Index Card is held at the Imperial War Museum.
On 21st May 1919, his widow Lilly married Joseph Pym, a widower, previously married to Edith Pidgeon. Joseph was the son of Richard and Elizabeth Pym (nee Strawbridge).

SUMMERS Frank

Frank was born in Stockland in September 1897 and was the son of Henry and Mary Summers, later of Dowlands Cottage, Rousdon. Frank was resident in Stockland at the time of the 1911 Census.
Frank served as a Private, Army number 103065, with 116/118 Company, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry). He died on 6th November 1917, age 20. He has no known grave but is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, Belgium, panels 154 – 159 and 163A. Frank’s name is also commemorated on the Axmouth and Rousden memorials and his Medal Index Card is held at the Imperial War Museum.

TRIM Edward

Private, 61st Railhead Supply Detachment, Army Service Corps, Service No. S/307497
Edward was born in 1888 in Stockland, the son of Henry and Sarah Trim of Lyme Regis. His parents lived in Lyme Regis but in the Somerset Roll of Honour Edward is recorded as living in Mudford at the time of his death (5/11/1918). He was the husband of Edith S. Trim, 66 High Street, Burnham on Sea, Somerset.
Edward is buried in Roisel Communal Cemetery, France, extension II.E.26 and he is commemorated on the Lyme Regis War Memorials in the Parish Church and in the town.
He was awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

WHITE Francis W

Francis was the son of George and Elizabeth Jane White of Woodleigh Farm, Wivelsfield, Sussex but he had been born in Stockland. He enlisted for the Army in May 1915 in Shepherds Bush, Middlesex and joined the 9th Battalion The Royal Sussex Regiment, Army Number G/5726. He was killed in action on 31st August 1916, age 20, having served at the front for 11 months. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France, memorial reference pier and face 7c. His brother Charles was also killed in the War.
( Page 48 of the printed document )

Men of Stockland who fought in the 1914–19 war and who survived

CLAKE James, Private 14103, 1st Battalion The Dorsetshire Regiment. Place of residence Heathstock in 1918.
CLEALL Arthur Eli, Private 143890, The Machine Gun Corps. Place of residence Ridge in 1918.
DIMON Ernest, Private 20046, (subsequent Army Number to Robert Dimon) also 9th Battalion – brother to Reginald and Robert, above. Survived the war but wounded. Victory/British War Medal and Silver War Badge.
DOWN Jack, 1248, 8th Battalion The Devonshire Regiment. Place of residence Horner Hill in 1918.
DOWNS Bill, lived at Ham with his wife between 1925 and 1932 approximately.
EVANS Ernest Vincent, LCpl 279846 in the Labour Corps. Place of residence Heathstock in 1918.
GOULD Charles Wilfred, Private 201832, 1/4th Battalion, The Devonshire Regiment, normally resident at Heathstock.
LARCOMBE Robert Henry, 228313 AB, HMS Lupin, normally resident at Heathstock.
LAWRENCE William, Bdr 76963, 117th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery, normally resident at the Rising Sun, Stockland.
MANLEY Henry (Harry), Private, 8th Battalion, The Devonshire Regiment. Harry married Alice Strawbridge (or Snell) at Stockland on 15th April 1917. Alice was the granddaughter of Edward and Emma Strawbridge of North Down. Harry lost a leg in the War. After the War Harry and Alice farmed locally before moving to Stevenage to live with a niece, Ivy Roome.
NANKIVILLE Thomas, born 27th July 1894, son of James, a carpenter, of Stockland Hill.
NORTH William John, Dvr 261658, 13th Reserve Battalion Royal Field Artillery, normally resident at Hill House, Stockland.
SALTER Frank, Frank was the younger brother of George, below. He enlisted in the Royal Navy, serving before the War on the twin-screw yacht HMS Vivid, the tender for the Devonport naval base, Plymouth and a yacht for the port admiral. HMS Vivid was sold by the Navy in 1912 and was wrecked a year later. It is not known on which ships Frank served during the War.
Frank’s wife Emmie owned Blue Ball (later of Brimpit). They had a daughter Edna, born in 1913.
SALTER George, George Salter served with both the Somerset Light Infantry (SLI) and the Hampshire Regiment (HR) in Palestine. George is shown bottom right in the photo (above right) with two SLI comrades, taken at the camp at Sutton Veny, near Warminster. His war record is not available. It is believed he must have enlisted in the SLI (he had 2 roll numbers there), was posted to Palestine and at some point served in the Hampshire Regiment, (his service medal had a Hampshire roll number). Both the SLI and HR were in the same area of Palestine at the same time. George was the husband of Emma and father of Leonard, and John, born at home at New House, Stockland in 1913. After the War George was resident at Hornshayes in 1922, where his youngest child Sylvia was born in the late twenties.
SELWAY Samuel Norman, Private M/300774, Royal Army Service Corps, normally resident at Rose Farm, Stockland.
SPACKMAN John, Private 78282, 3rd Battalion, The Devonshire Regiment, normally resident at Church Style, Stockland.
STONEMAN Charles, born in about 1877, a gardener, married to Florence, father to Florrie
THOMAS Reginald, Private RM Ply/16038, Royal Marines Depot, normally resident at Hill House, Stockland.
TUCKER Frank, Private 205400, Devonshire Regiment, brother to Frederick Tucker above. The Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM) was awarded to Frank Tucker for gallantry in the field in the face of the enemy. Conferment of the DCM gallantry award was announced in the London Gazette on the 4th March 1918, accompanied by a citation. Frank was also awarded the Victory and British War Medals
TUCKER Gilbert, Private, son of Thomas, a farmer, and Bessie Tucker, born 16th November 1898 in Stockland
TUCKER Harry, born in about 1893.
VINCENT Frank, Private 247453, 448 Agricultural Co, Labour Corps, normally resident at Little Hayne Farm, Stockland.
WHITE Dick, born 5 April 1893, son of William, farmer, of Rodway

In the Watkins-Williams diary, the entry for Thursday 18th September 1919 reads:
“Dinner party for Stockland village men returned from the War and their ladies. Mr and Mrs Stoneman, Mr and Mrs G White (parents of Francis White, kia 31/8/16), Mr and Mrs J Clarke (any connection with Clarke family at Northill Farm in 1911, or Clarkes at New House?), Harry Tucker and Miss Wheaton, Dick White and Miss Wheaton, Mr Hawkins, Frank Tucker, Mr and Mrs Nankiville, Gilbert Tucker. May and ?name and the girls and Peter Halswell helped – a very pleasant evening”.

The Final Document

All the project files are available for you to download at the foot of this page.

Contents Project files Size
The Route March of the 3rd Battalion of The Devonshire Regiment Part I 427 Kb
The Soldiers and Sailors Families’ Association Part I
Roll of Honour, St Michael and All Angels Part I
Sources Part I
The Men Who Died Part II 441 Kb
The Men Who Died and are Remembered on Other Parish Memorials Part II
The Men Who Fought in the War and Survived Part III 118 Kb
Appendix: Edward Trim, letters home Appendix 1894 Kb
Notes: British Army at the Start of the First World War British Army 266 Kb

Sources

Stockland School Admissions Register 1886 – 1965
Commonwealth War Graves Commission Website www.cwgc.org May 2014
Forces War Records Website www.forces-war-records.co.uk May 2014
Morgan, Alison: Dalwood Great War Memorial 1914-1919, Reveille Press 2012
Ancestry website www.ancestry.co.uk May 2014
Imperial War Museum www.livesofthefirstworldwar.org September 2014
1918 Devon Absent Voters List
Census Returns, Stockland and Dalwood, 1891, 1901 and 1911
Stockland Parish Birth, Marriage and Burial Registers
The Devonshire Regimental Museum, The Keep, Dorchester, Dorset
Pullmans Weekly News for Somerset, Dorset and Devon, archived at the Somerset Heritage Centre, Taunton

Every one of the millions of soldiers who served in the First World War had a record of service, stored by the War Office. These records contain immense detail – such as a soldier's home address, physical description and measurements, their peacetime occupation, and their service overseas.

However, almost two thirds of these were destroyed in bombing raids during the Second World War. What's more, if the person being researched served in the military after 1920, their records are not yet available for public access.

As a result, the surviving available 'burnt documents' are highly prized – and along with the 'unburnt documents' (mostly the records of soldiers discharged for medical reasons) they can provide extraordinary details about someone's life and their war experiences.
As yet, there is no evidence that any of the War Office records for Stockland men remained either totally or partially intact after the WW2 bombing raids.