On November 11th, 2018, the community of Bishopsteignton, Devon processed along the stunning Road of Remembrance , past the new memorial bench to St John’s Church to witness a moving commemoration service acknowledging the lives of all those who were lost in World War I. This service marked the culmination of four years of Bishopsteignton events and research marking the centenary of the Great War which are recorded here.
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.
In advance of the Centenary of the end of WW1 in 2018, local people banded together to create a Road of Remembrance through the village of Bishopsteignton. This is the story of that project.
Captain Charles Edward Koebel was born on the 24th Jan 1878 in Croydon, Surrey and his attachment to Bishopsteignton came through his parents (father Oscar and mother Emma) who had moved to Murley Grange. He was a professional soldier with the 1st Royal Surreys and was wounded at the ill-fated landing of Suvla Bay in the Dardenelles leading a company of the 1st Lancashire Fusiliers. He died three days later and was buried at sea.
24627 George Frederick Parish’s relationship to the village of Bishopsteignton is a bit of an enigma. If the information on the memorial is correct, then it seems that he is George Parish of Colebrook, Devon and he is on the memorial in Colebrook as well. As a gardener living in Kingkerswell, perhaps he was working at Lindridge or one of the other large gardens in the village? He joined the 8th Battalion, Devonshire Regiment and was killed in France on the 9th May 1917.
20882 Lance Corporal Ernest John Passmore of the 10th Battalion, the York & Lancaster Regiment was the son of Alfred and Sarah Passmore, of Radway Street, Bishopsteignton. Born in Bishopsteignton in the March Quarter of 1890 and died 5th July 1916, at the age of 26, in France.
404050 Private Horton George Stamp of the Royal Army Medical Corps. Son of Horton and Lavinia Stamp. Born in Bishopsteignton in 1898. He died 21st May 1920 aged 22 years at the Smyrna Sanatorium in Torquay. He is buried in St John’s Parish Church in Bishopsteignton.
160645 Chief Yeoman of Signals George Ambrose Warren served in the Royal Navy from 1893 until his death. Born in Bishopsteignton on 30th December 1875 he was the son of James and Emma Warren; husband of Jessie Grills Warren of 4, Orchard Terrace, Bishopsteignton. George died on 28th December 1918. He held Long Service and Good Conduct medals and served in the operations in the Persian Gulf (1909-1914) and also at the Battle of Jutland. He is buried in St John’s Churchyard, Bishopsteignton.
Bishopsteignton’s War Memorial is “listed” and stands at the top of a raised platform adjacent to the pavement on Fore Street, Bishopsteignton. It was first erected to commemorate those who died during the First World War. Later a stone plaque and flower vase were added at the base of the memorial to commemorate the Fallen of the Second World War.
Private John Walling 20853 joined the 8th Battalion Devonshire Regiment, served in France and died from his wounds after action in France on 24th September 1916. He is buried in the Netley Military Hospital Cemetery in Hampshire.