World War 1

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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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