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World War 1 & 2 - Detailed information
Compiled and copyright © Julie Searle 2006

The war memorial stands in the churchyard of St Mary's in Thorncombe and takes the form of a stone cross on a three tiered stone plinth. The names for thos emen who died in World War 1 are around the first step, the names of those for World War 2 are on the roadside, on the second step. Within the church is an illuminated roll of honour, framed and glazed, covering both World Wars, covering all villagers who served, showing names and Regiment/service. The war memorial and roll of honour differ slightly.

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Arthur George
Stoker 1st Class, Royal Navy. H.M.S. "Vivid". Died aged 20 on 29/08/1915. Service No. K/18450. Son of Albert and Charlotte Down of Schoolhouse, Thorncombe. No known grave. Remembered at PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Memorial Ref: 6 BROTHER OF


Albert William
Leading Stoker, Royal Navy. H.M.S. "Seagull". Died aged 24 on 30/09/1918. Service No. K/15046. Son of Albert and Charlotte Down of Schoolhouse, Thorncombe; husband of Ethel Down of Old Way Lane, West Hatch, Taunton


Archibald Studley
Private, 1st Battalion, , Devonshire Reg. Died on 04/10/1917. Service No. 290713. No known grave. Remembered at TYNE COT MEMORIAL. Memorial Ref.; Panel 38 to 40


Oliver Francis Arthur
Private, 2nd Battalion, , Welsh Regiment. Died aged 30 on 26/09/1914. service No. 8211. Husband of Mrs. R Simmons (formerly Ebdon), of 1, Homeland Place, Thorncombe Rd, Blackwood, Mon. Buried in LES GONARDS CEMETERY, VERSAILLES. Memorial Ref.: 1. 16.


Private, 8th Bn, Somerset Light Infantry. Died aged 19 on 01/07/1916. Service No: 19001. Son of Frank and Caroline R. Ebdon, of Fore St., Thorncombe, Chard, Somerset. Buried in GORDON DUMP CEMETERY, OVILLERS-LA BOISSELLE. Memorial Ref.: VII. A. 6.


Private with Dorset Yeomanry (Queen's Own). Died on 21/08/1915. Service No: 1101. Remembered at HELLES MEMORIAL, GALLIPOLI. Memorial Ref.: Panel 17 and 18.


Arthur Edward
Gunner, "A" Bty. 189th Bde, Royal Field Artillery Died 16/09/1916.Service No: L/45946 No known grave. Remembered at: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL. Memorial Ref.: Pier and Face 1 A and 8 A.


George Herbert
Stoker 1st Class, Royal Navy. H.M.S. "Victory". Died aged 23 on 15/07/1917. Service No: K/33287 Son of James and Louisa Froom, of Schoolhouse, Thorncombe. Buried in THORNCOMBE (ST. MARY) CHURCHYARD


Private 1st Battalion, Somerset Light Infantry. Died aged 26 on 26/08/1914.Service No: 7699 Brother of Mrs. S. Hodges, of Coombses, Tatworth, Chard, Somerset. Remembed at LA FERTE-SOUS-JOUARRE MEMORIAL


Private 6th Battalion, Somerset Light Infantry. Died aged 25 on 21/03/1918. Service No: 15933. Son of Hugh and Annie Hawker, of Thorncombe. No known grave. Remembered at POZIERES MEMORIAL. Memorial Ref.: Panel 25 and 26.


[Spelt HEMBRY on memorial] Private 2nd Battalion, Wiltshire Regiment. Died aged 21 on 28/08/1917. Service No: 26749. Son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Hembury, of Knapp Cottage, Thorncombe. No known grave.Remembered at TYNE COT MEMORIAL. Memorial Ref.: Panel 119 to 120.


Private 1st Battalion, Devonshire Regiment. Died aged 28 on 25/09/1917. Service No: 3/7044. Son of Henry Robert Hodder. No knownm grave. Remembered at THIEPVAL MEMORIAL. Memorial Ref.: Pier and Face 1 C.


Private, Devonshire Regiment transferred to (245440) 44th Home Service Employment Coy., Labour Corps. Died on 18/02/1919. Service No: 7088. Son of Mrs. Sarah Ann Hussey, of Fore St., Thorncombe. Buried in THORNCOMBE (ST. MARY) CHURCHYARD


Alfred Charles
Rifleman, 34th Battalion, London Regiment. Died of wounds aged 38 on 30/10/1918. Service No: 897299. Born Broadwinsor, Dorset. enlisted Bridport, resident Charmouth. Husband of Florence Langford, of Templemanash, Broadwinsor, Beaminster, Dorset. Formerly 651714, Royal Field Artillery. Buried in TAINTIGNIES COMMUNAL CEMETERY. Plot/Row/Section D. Grave 5.


Gunner, Fourth Army Pool, Royal Garrison Artillery. Died of wounds on 10/12/1916. Service No: 91280. Born Thorncombe, enlisted Poole, resident Parkstone. Buried in BERNAFAY WOOD BRITISH CEMETERY, MONTAUBAN. Plot/Row/Section I. Grave 48.


Private, 2nd/1st Bucks Battalion, Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry. Died on 22/08/1917. Service No: 267326. Remembered at TYNE COT MEMORIAL. Memorial Ref.: Panel 96 to 98.


Private, No. 3 Coy. 2nd Battalion, Coldstream Guards. Died aged 28 on 23/10/1914. Service No: 5901. Son of Elizabeth Morey, of Bower Hinton, Martock, Somerset, and the late William Henry Morey. Remembered at YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL. Memorial Ref.: Panel 11.


Gerald Fitzroy
Gunner, 199th Siege Bty. Royal Garrison Artillery. Killed in action on 26/09/1918. Service No: 78101. Born Wayford, Somerset, enlisted Bridport, resident Thorncombe. Buried in RUYAULCOURT MILITARY CEMETERY. Plot/Row/Section M. Grave 12.


George Fitzgerald
Second Lieutenant, Royal Field Artillery. Died aged 20 on 18/05/1919. Eldest son of Freeman and Elizabeth Harriet Roper, of Forde Abbey, Chard, Dorset. Buried in IPSWICH CEMETERY.Memorial Ref.: BA. I. 80.


Samuel Edward
Private 50862, 12th (West Somerset Yeomanry) Battalion, Somerset Light Infantry. Died 11 October 1918. Aged 23. Son of Samuel and Mary Jane Welch, of Ilminster, Somerset; husband of Violet Mary Welch, of Easthay Farm, Thorncombe, Chard. Buried in AUBERS RIDGE BRITISH CEMETERY, AUBERS, Nord, France. Plot IV. Row E. Grave 8.


Frederick Ullathorne
Captain, 3rd Battalion, Dorsetshire Reg. Secondary Regiment: Somerset Light Infantry, attd. 6th Bn Died on 22/03/1918. Buried in HAM BRITISH CEMETERY, MUILLE-VILLETTE. Memorial Ref.: I. E. 18.


Private, 425th Agricultural Coy. Labour Corps Diecatord on 06/12/1918. Service No: 237489 Buried in THORNCOMBE (ST. MARY) CHURCHYARD. (Appears on Memorial outside. Appears on Roll of Honours inside as R H Loud and still living.)



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Walter Thomas
Pilot Officer (Flt. Engr.), 426 (R.C.A.F.) Sqdn, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died aged 21 on 05/03/1945. Service No: 195926. Son of Bert and Ida Bessie Symes, of Westford, Somerset. Buried in THORNCOMBE CEMETERY EXTENSION. Memorial Ref.: North part. Row 7. Grave 3.

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