Unveiling of Mortehoe War Memorial – 13th May 1920

Erected in a prominent position in the Parish Churchyard, the memorial to the fallen from the parish, subscribed for by the parishioners and friends, was unveiled and dedicated on Sunday afternoon in ideal weather. There was a large assemblage present to witness and take part in the touching ceremony. The children from various day and Sunday schools, accompanied by their teachers and carrying posies of flowers, formed an interesting group flanking the memorial. Ex-service men assembled at Woolacombe, and, under the leadership of Col. Longstaff D.S.O, in uniform marched to the village and formed up in lines in the roadway alongside the churchyard. Upwards of fifty attended, including a maimed hero drawn in a bath- chair by his comrades. Two of the comrades laid a wreath at the steps inscribed “In memory of our fallen comrades”. Relatives and others friends also deposited wreaths etc, and the children filed past and offered their floral tokens in grateful memory of all those who had lain down their lives for them. The Vicar dedicated the memorial for the Glory of God, and in memory of William Ashford, Herbert Bale, James Bale, Alfred J Butler, Percy Coles, Percy Cousins, William Cousins, Kenneth V Dodgson, E. E Faull, William H Gammon, James H Harris, Elusses M Harris, Thomas H Hill, William J Hill, F A Horsfall, Harry H Karslake, Thomas H Nicholls, Herbert Perryman, Thomas H Purseym, Richard F Pursey, Thomas Randall, Sidney J Scott, Reginald Smith, Alfred H Toms and Robert H Trebble. After the hymm “The King of Love” eloquent addresses were given by Revs. H Babb and S.C Challenger. Ex-Driver Chugg late Devon R.G.A (Illfracombe) then sounded the “Last Post” which greatly affected many. Muffled peals on the bells were also rung. Ex Service men and boy scots then filed past and gave their salute thus ending a memorable function.

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