The history of Bishopsteignton Primary School during WW1
Thomas James Kidston was born in Bishopsteignton on the 28th March 1876 to John and Louisa Kidston. He was a Leading Stoker in the Royal Navy with the Service No 280054 serving on HMS Ariadne. He is described as 5’5″ with light brown hair, light blue eyes and a fair, fresh complexion. He lost his life at sea when the Ariadne was sunk off Beachy Head in July 1917.
44301 Private Stephen George Ridgeway of the 2/4th Battalion, the Royal Berkshire Regiment was the son of Charles and Minnie Amelia Ridgeway, of Mount Radford, Bishopsteignton. Born in Bishopsteignton in the June Quarter of 1899 he lost his life on 24th June 1918 aged 19 years.
25581 Lance Corporal Charles Henry Payne of the 6th Battalion, the Somerset Light Infantry was the son of John and Ellen Louise Payne, of Cockhaven Road, Bishopsteignton and husband of Sarah Jane Payne, of 88, Orchard Portman, Taunton. Born in Shaldon in 1889, he died on 16 September 1916 aged 27 years.
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.
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.
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.
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.