World War 1

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…

William John Cousins

William John Cousins was the eldest son of William and Charlotte Cousins, born in Mortehoe in 1884. William’s parents married in Lee on Christmas Eve 1878, they would only spent one week apart during their long marriage. William and Charlotte had twelve children, all but one were alive when Charlotte died in 1878, the only…

Thomas Randall (1879-1916)

Thomas Randal was born on the 5th February 1879 to Richard and Jane Randall (nee Rose). Thomas was one of seven children, when he was born the family were living at Lily Cottages which can be found opposite the Chichester Arms, in Mortehoe. The family later moved to Sunnycliffe which they ran as a boarding…

Herbert Perryman (1885-1915)

Herbert Perryman was born in 1885 to Alfred and Mary Perryman. He would marry Ella Moule in 1908, where following their marriage they would live in Georgeham. Prior to his service in the first World War, Herbert worked with George Yeo in Mortehoe. Herbert would enlist with the Devonshire Regiment, first serving with the 1st…

Kenneth Vernon Dodgson (1891-1915)

Kenneth Vernon Dodgson was born in Harrow on the 25th June 1891 to Reverend Francis Vivian and Constance Mary Dodgson. His father, Reverend Francis Vivian, had previously been the Chaplain to Dr Barnardo’s Home. Kenneth was educated at King’s School Canterbury where he was a member of the Officer Training Corps, he went on to…

Thomas Henry Nicholls (1892-1917)

Thomas Henry Nicholls was born in 1892 in Worcestershire to Samuel and Eva (nee Butler) Nicholls. Samuel and Eva married on the 25th March 1886 in the Parish Church at Shipston in Worcestershire. On their wedding certificate Samuel is shown to be occupied as a painter whilst Eva was working as a domestic servant. The…

Eustace Edward Faull

Eustace Edward Faull was born in Glamorgan, Wales his was the son of Joseph and Eleanor Faull. Eustace’s father Joseph would die when Eustace was just six years old, he would then go on to lose a brother and two sisters before he turned twenty six. In 1904 in Barnstaple, Eustace would marry Lois Eunice…

Ulysses & James Harris Mortehoe Brothers

The People behind the Names – Ulysses & James Harris Mortehoe Brothers Private James Harris and his brother, Sapper Ulysses Marfleet Harris, were from Mortehoe and both lost their lives in the First World War. William Bale Harris was born in 1873 and married Emma Marfleet Karslake twenty years later in 1893, the couple would start…

William John Cowler (1897-1916)

William John Cowler was born in 1897 to John and Ellen Cowler (nee Hewitt). The family lived in Woolacombe at Holmesdale House, where they took in summer boarders and his father John worked as a Carriage Driver. William was an aspiring postal worker, first working in Mortehoe, then Barnstaple as a telegraphist, followed by Weston-super-Mare…

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 grew up. Frederick travelled the world with his father aboard various ships until he was…

Woolacombe Soldier Killed in Action 1918. Pte James H Harris

Thursday 11th April 1918 Woolacombe Soldier killed in Action Sincere sympathy will be expressed with Mr. W. B. Harris, grocer, and Miss, Harris of Woolacombe in the tragic blow which has befallen them through the death of their second son, who was killed in France in the early days of the great German offensive, this…

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 as a confectioner and Sally as a domestic servant. Their first son, William Samuel Gribble…

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 Jane Down in 1888. Richard came from a long line of farmers, his father, John…

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 previously lived in Rackenford, he opened a butchers shop in Rosalie Terrace in Woolacombe, living…

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 him in 1871 listed as Private, based in Kent at Sheerness Harbour, aboard “Valorous”. At…

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 Molton, and was the son of a carpenter and leading figure in the Wesleyan faith….

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 St Mary Magdalene Church, Mortehoe. . William John and Thomas Henry Hill lived in Mortehoe…

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