George Valentine was born in April, 1921 in West Derby, Lancashire. Son of John and Ellen Valentine (née Speakman); married to Irene Margaret Valentine (née Houlton). He served in 31 (S.A.A.F.) Squadron in the Royal Air Force as an officer pilot, 54979. He died in Italy on 30th September, 1944.
Sidney Albert Treen was born on the 11th February, 1920, in Bishopsteignton, Devon. Son of William and Laura Treen (née Groves); husband of Gladys Treen (née Sutton) of Teignmouth. He served on HMS Gould in the Royal Navy, as a leading stoker, D/KX97510.
Sidney died on 1st March, 1944.
John (known as Jack) Harvey McGregor was born 12 May 1906, in Ashstead, Surrey. Son of Robert McGregor, O.B.E. and Edith Annie McGregor (née Dunnett); married to Audrey Pamela McGregor (née Brooke) of Bishopsteignton, Devon. He served on H.M.S. Neptune in the Royal Navy as paymaster commander (acting). He died at sea in Libyan waters on the 19th December, 1941.
We came to remember and honour all those who gave their lives to liberate Europe 75 years ago. On June 6th 2019 Arromanches beach in Normandy was filled once more with the sounds and smells of military jeeps and ambulances and amphibious vehicles emerging from the sea. Hundreds of onlookers, many dressed in 1940s costumes, enjoyed the spectacle and remaining veterans arrived to pay their respects. We were all grateful for peace.
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.