The History of the Bishopsteignton Women’s Institute, during WWII
May 8th 2020 is a very special day. Exactly 75 years ago, peace came to a troubled Europe and was celebrated. It is known as VE-Day or Victory in Europe Day.
A short history of Bishopsteignton Women’s Institute
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.
During WWII many children, and sometimes their parents, were evacuated from inner cities and ended up in Bishopsteignton. These are the stories of some of them.
The Story of the life of Philip Gourd from his earliest memories to the end of WWII, taken from a manuscript he wrote himself.
John William Beer was born June 1922, in Bishopsteignton, Devon. Son of Willam Henry Beer and Mary Jane Beer (née Roberts). He served in the 4th Battalion of the Somerset Light Infantry (Prince Albert’s) as a Private, 5682633. He died in the Battle of Normandy, France on 6th July, 1944.
Raymond Sidney Evans was born July 1924 in Crediton, Devon. Son of Sidney and Rosie Evans (née Syms). He served in the 7th Battalion of the Oxford and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry as a Private, 14579711. Sidney died in Italy on 4th September, 1944.
Lewis Back was born 6 August, 1905 in Bishopsteignton, Devon. Son of John Back and Lavinia Mary Back (née Widdicombe); he married Ivy Lillian Taylor in December 1928 in Newton Abbot, Devon. He served on H.M.S. Colombo, H.M.S.Furious, H.M.S. Terror and H.M.S. Renown in the Royal Navy as a Chief Stoker, D/K 62978. He survived WWII and passed away on 18 March, 1984 in Exeter, Devon.