The wonderful recollections of Mrs Bulley (b. 1887) and Miss Webber (b. 1889), when they were invited to have tea with John and Gillian Hepburn in March 1979.
Geoffrey Theodore Garratt was born 7 November 1888, in Little Tew, Oxfordshire. Son of Charles Foster Garratt and Agnes Mary Garratt (née Percival). He married Annie Beryl Garratt (née Benthall) in April, 1920. He served in the First World War and during the Second World War in the Pioneer Corps as a Major, 135713. He died in Pembrokeshire on 28th April, 1942.
John William Beer was born June 1922, in Bishopsteignton, Devon. Son of Willam Henry Beer and Mary Jane Beer (née Roberts). He served in the 4th Battalion of the Somerset Light Infantry (Prince Albert’s) as a Private, 5682633. He died in the Battle of Normandy, France on 6th July, 1944.
Raymond Sidney Evans was born July 1924 in Crediton, Devon. Son of Sidney and Rosie Evans (née Syms). He served in the 7th Battalion of the Oxford and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry as a Private, 14579711. Sidney died in Italy on 4th September, 1944.
Lewis Back was born 6 August, 1905 in Bishopsteignton, Devon. Son of John Back and Lavinia Mary Back (née Widdicombe); he married Ivy Lillian Taylor in December 1928 in Newton Abbot, Devon. He served on H.M.S. Colombo, H.M.S.Furious, H.M.S. Terror and H.M.S. Renown in the Royal Navy as a Chief Stoker, D/K 62978. He survived WWII and passed away on 18 March, 1984 in Exeter, Devon.
John Michael Dixon was born April, 1922 in Epsom, Surrey. Son of Harold and Lena Dixon (née Whitmarsh). He served in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, as a Flying Officer (Pilot) in 145 Squadron, 173908. John was killed when his aircraft came down on 16 September, 1944.
Frederick Charles Paget was born 28 May, 1910 in Dursley, Gloucestershire. Little is known about his early years apart from his mothers name, Alice Rose was on his Baptism records on 16 July, 1910 in Wotton under Edge, Gloucestershire. He married Mary Lilian Elisa Paget (née Wyatt) in 1937. He served on H.M.S. Prince of Wales in the Royal Navy as a Petty Officer, D/JX 136130. He died in the South China Sea on 10th December, 1941.
Thomas Henry Saunders was born in 1910. Son of George and Edith Saunders: he married Nancy Ellen Saunders (née Wyatt) in January 1940, in Newton Abbot, Devon. He served in the Suffolk Regiment, 1st Battalion as a Private, 5932106. He was killed during the evacuation of Calais on 24 May, 1940.
John Edward Hulland (known as Jack) was born 29 June, 1922 in Bishopsteignton, Devon. Son of Edward and Ethel Hulland (née Taylor). He served in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, as a Flight Sergeant (Air Gunner) in 622 Squadron, 1410959. Jack was killed when his aircraft came down on 20 April, 1945.
Harold Biffen was born in June, 1921 in Reigate, Surrey. Son of Walter and Helen Biffen (née Pennycuick); husband of Hazel Mercedes Cecilia Biffen (née Watling).
He served in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, as a warrant officer (wireless operator/air gunner), 1336043.
Harold was killed when his aircraft crashed on 8th Jan, 1945.