Charles Henry Back WW1

Charles Henry Back was the younger brother of William Ernest Back and is not on the Bishopsteignton War Memorial but was buried in St John’s churchyard, Bishopsteignton. He served in the Royal Navy – Service No K6263 – and was a Stoker Petty Officer during WW1. He was killed in an accident whilst serving on HMS Vivid II at Devonport on 7th January 1920.

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William Ernest Back WW1

William was born in Bishopsteignton in 1887 and lived in Radway Hill. His parents were Robert James Back, a farm labourer and Eliza Back (née Yeoman). He was also a farm labourer and enlisted in 1916 in the 42nd Battalion of the Australian Infantry. He died 16 months later on 6th June 1917 in France and is buried at the Pont de Nieppe Communal Cemetery.

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H.G.(Fred) Burgess. WW1

Trayton Charles Douglas Burgess was Fred’s proper name but he seems to have been known as Fred and he even enlisted in the army with this name. It is not clear where the initials H. G. arise.
Fred was born in Kensington, London in the first quarter of 1898 but moved back to Bishopsteignton, childhood home of his mother Kate Gourd. Fred joined the 2nd Battalion of the Devonshire Regiment as a Private No 3/7063. He died of wounds in France / Flanders on Saturday 11 August 1917 aged 19 years.

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Frederick George Cole WW1

Private Frederick George Cole was born in 1891 and lived with his parents Alfred, a farmer, and his mother Emma, in Humber Cottages in Bishopsteignton. Fred registered with the 2nd Battalion Devonshire Regiment, Service No 9132 and was killed in action in the fields of Flanders, France on 31st October 1916 aged twenty five years.

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George Pickersgill Cable WW1

George Pickersgill Cable was the son of Baron Ernest Cable (1st Baron Ideford) and Lilian Sarah Sparkes whose family home was Lindridge, Bishopsteignton, from 1913. He was killed in action at Fromelles, during the second battle of Ypres, possibly in the Battle of Aubers Ridge in France on 9th May 1915 aged 23 years.

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Arthur Apps WW1

Arthur Apps (1898–1919) lived in Radway Hill, Bishopsteignton with his father John and his mother Emma Apps (née Parish). He was a gardener and signed up with the 1st Devonshire Regiment. Arthur was discharged from the army on 18th March 1917 having received a gunshot wound to the back and right arm at Rouen on 3rd July 1916 and was sent back to England on 6th July.
He died at home at Radway Court on 3rd November 1919 from TB.

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John William Cawcutt WW1

Private John William Cawcutt M2/181850 of the Royal Army Service Corps served in BE Africa and was the son of John William and Jane Cawcutt (née Hallaway); husband of Rosetta Cawcutt (née Clarke) of Cross Cottage, Bishopsteignton. He was born in Reading in 1885, he died 2 August 1917 aged 32 years on return from war and is buried in the Higher Cemetery, Exeter.

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Richard Ernest Gill WW1

Private Richard Gill was born and baptised in Bishopsteignton in June, 1883 to his father James and mother Sarah Jane. He married Elizabeth Anne Townsend (born in Bishopsteignton in 1887) at St John’s Church on the 22nd October, 1904 and was a general labourer. The family lived at The Terrace, Bishopsteignton. He enlisted in the 2nd Battalion Devonshire Regiment as a private 26096 and according to military records died on 7th March 1917 of wounds received in France and Flanders.

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Frederick John Manning WW1

278881 Leading Stoker Frederick John Manning of the Royal Navy HMS Doris, was the son of the late William and Elizabeth P. Manning, of 6, Fore St, Bishopsteignton. Born in Bishopsteignton on the 18th Jan 1875 he lost his life on 31 May 1918 aged 43 years and is commemorated on the Plymouth Naval Memorial.

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