A transcription of the talk “SOME PARISH HISTORY OF BISHOPSTEIGNTON” given by Nigel Walker on the 23rd April 1974. There are some discrepancies in the transcript to the original as OCR has been used to convert the text.
A summary of the occupiers of The Ring of Bells, Fore Street, Bishopsteignton, taken from the official parish records.
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.
35244 Private Harry Martin of the 2/4th Battalion, the Wiltshire Regiment was the son of George and Frances Martin. He was born in Bishopsteignton in the June Quarter of 1880 and died Thursday 28th November 1918, aged 38 years. He is buried in the Benares Cantonment Cemetery in India.
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.
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.