World War 2

Pte Herbert Dyer

Herbert was born on the 23rd August 1912 in North Devon. His parents were James and Mary Dyer, following their marriage they went on to have a large family, living most of their life in the Ilfracombe and Woolacombe area. Aged only 2 when the first world war broke out, Herbert would be impacted by the events…

Richard James Trebble (1926-1945)

Richard James Trebble was born in 1926 to Arthur and Minnie of Woolacombe. The family lived at WaveCrest. Richard along with his friends, Ray Easterbrook, Alf Yeo, Jeff Skinner and Jack Watts joined the Marine Cadets, which they attended in Ilfracombe each week.  Richard gained some publicity in the local press when he was awarded…

Sub-Lieut Derek Worth

The Worth family lived in Woolacombe, Frederick, Derek’s father,  worked at the Woolacombe Bay Hotel during the second world war, as their own house had been taken over by the army when Woolacombe was used as a training base for the American Army.  The family had rooms in an annexe of the hotel, whilst their…

Dodge, Dunkeswell and Disaster

On May 8th 1945 Nazi Germany surrendered and the Second World War in Europe came to an end. With the fighting over, there was no longer a requirement for hundreds of thousands of Allied soldiers to be stationed abroad. This left military planners with another complex problem: how to get those soldiers back home.  The…

Woolacombe Girl Home from America (1947)

North Devon Journal Thursday 14th August 1947 6000 Miles for visit Woolacombe Girl home from America “I am glad to have the opportunity of speaking for those English girls who have made happy marriages with Americans, as I have, for so much has been said of the unhappy ones” said Mrs. Robert E Morgan, in…

Mortehoe Soldier in the Dardanelles Operations

  Mr. A. H. Slee, Headmaster of Morte-Hoe School, has received an interesting letter from an “old boy” of the School – Sapper W. J. Cowler, Royal Engineers, who is with the Dardanelles Expeditionary Force. Sapper Cowler, who is the son of Mr. J. Cowler, of Holmesdale, Woolacombe prior to the outbreak of War held…

Homecoming of Woolacombe Soldier – Driver Richard Tossell (1943)

Grand to be Back Homecoming of Woolacombe Repatriated Soldier Ambulance Driver Richard G. Tossell, of Glen Villa, Woolacombe was one of the service men repatriated from Italy who reached England recently. He has a wife and two children. He is the son of Mr. George Tossell, of Church Cottages, Shirwell, and before the war was…

Corpl Walter Brown of Resthaven, Woolacombe PoW (1943)

North Devon Journal – Thursday 21st January 1943 Corpl. Walter Brown, of Resthaven, Woolacombe formerly of Georgeham who is a prisoner of war in Germany. Corpl, Brown was captured during the campaign in Greece and is in the same prison camp as Sergt. Frank Hunkin of Barnstaple, and a MR Geen of Georgeham. Corpl. Brown’s…

Gunner A. F. Bidgood writes from Italy (1944)

Thursday 31st August 1944 – North Devon Journal Gunner A. F. Bidgood of Woolacombe, who is serving with the 8th Army in Italy has written in high praise of the work of the medical corps. He states: “ This morning I had my first ride in an ambulance: I went to a casualty clearing station…

Woolacombe & World War 2

“I recall we could count nine rows of breaking surf, and would be lulled to sleep by the sound of that magnificent surf, the clouds would sweep up over Lundy Island, and the Devon sun set behind it. I’ll remember Devon as it was when we had that war to flight” Paul W. Thompson 1989…

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