Category: People behind the Names


Frederick Howard Arnold Horsfall (1891-1916)

Frederick Howard Arnold Horsfall was born in Gravesend in 1891 to Frederick and Louisa Horsfall. His father, already a sailor travelled the world as part of his career, therefore it was without question what Frederick would also do as he…

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Alfred Henry Toms (1866-1918)

Alfred Henry Toms was born on the 28th January 1866, he was the son of Samuel and Sally Toms of Barnstaple. Samuel Toms married Sally Gribble on the 10th June 1844, both aged 21, at this time Samuel was working…

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Herbert Bale (1848-1917)

Herbert’s father Richard Bale was born in 1848 in Berrynarbor, he was described as having a genial personality which won for him many friendships. He was a lifelong member of the Wesleyan Methodist Church and a devoted liberal. Richard married…

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Robert Trebble (1899-1916)

Robert Hugh Trebble 1899 – 1916 Robert Hugh Trebble was born in 1899 to James and Ellen (nee Legassick) Trebble. Roberts’s Grandfather, John, a butcher by trade moved to Woolacombe as a widower bringing his five children with him. Having…

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Percy Robert Coles (1887-1916)

Percy Robert Coles was born on the 11th October 1887 to Charles and Charlotte Coles. Charles father came from a dairy farming background, however Charles took a different path, joining the Royal Marine Light Infantry, which is where we see…

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Harry Howard Karslake (1880 – 1917)

Harry Howard Karslake 1880 – 1917 Harry Howard Karslake was the eldest son of Michael and Prudence Emily Karslake. He was born on the 8th February 1880 in Axminister, Devon. Harry Howards’s father, Michael was born in 1853 in North…

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The Hill Brothers

North Devon brothers William John and Thomas Henry Hill (pictured below) were two young volunteers who would sadly become victims of the first world war. Both are now commemorated on the Mortehoe war memorial, which stands in the grounds of…

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