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.
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.
Believed to be 11393 Private William Taylor of the 2nd Battalion, the Devonshire Regiment. He was the son of George and Elizabeth Taylor and was born in Kingsteignton in 1893. William died on the 6th October 1916 aged 23 years in France with no known burial. He is remembered on the Loos Memorial.
42625 Private Clifford Edward Wallis of the 2nd Battalion, the Devonshire Regiment was the eldest son of Clifford B. and Eleanor Ann Wallis (née Swain), of School House, Bishopsteignton. Born in Bishopsteignton on 16th Jan 1896 he died 25th April 1918 aged 22 years.
Private Harry Garland Vanstone of the 2/4th Battalion, the Devonshire Regiment was the son of Thomas and Amelia Vanstone, of 2, Fore St, Bishopsteignton. He was born in Bishopsteignton in the December Quarter of 1893 and died on the 7th January 1917 aged 24 years in Mesopotamia. He is buried at the Kantara War Memorial Cemetery in Egypt.
12022 Private William James Sharland of the 10th Battalion, the Devonshire Regiment was the only son of James and Emma Elizabeth Sharland, of Fore St, Bishopsteignton. Born in Pembroke in the March Quarter of 1893 he was killed in action in Greece on 20 November 1916 aged 23 years. He was well known locally as a promising athlete and seemed to have been very well liked.
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.
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.
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.
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.