11th November 2018 - 100 years on

On 11th November 2018 the Remembrance Day Service was held in the church on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the armistice in 1918.  The church was full with over 100 people present with their ages ranging from just a few days to the 90s.  A wreath was laid at the memorial commemorating the five men from Plymtree who died in the two world wars.  The names of all those from Plymtree who are known to have served in the Great War were read out, 48 including the three who died.  Their names are listed below.

The service included the lighting of the Remembrance candle which has been lit every month in church since the centenary of the outbreak of war.  A recording of a broadcast by Michael Morpurgo entitled "The Road to Peace" was played and the service ended with the singing of the Peace Version of the National Anthem as sung locally in 1918.

There was a display of memorabilia in church - some images are also below, including silhouettes from the "There but not there" project.

A record of Plymtree throughout the Great War, as recorded at the time, has been included in the Parish magazine every month for the last four and a half years.  You can find the reports here.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them

  

SERVICEMEN OF PLYMTREE IN THE GREAT WAR 1914-1918

There were three men of Plymtree who died in service during World War 1:

Samuel Bird

Royal Field Artillery

Died 22 August 1918, aged 40

Albert Grabham

Durham Light Infantry,

Died 10 January 1918, aged 20

Frederick Stiling

Gunner, Royal Artillery

Died 6 June 1918, aged 24

The following men were recorded in the Plymtree Magazine and were invited

to a Peace Supper in the wagon shed at Greenend on 10th October 1919

to welcome them home and to thank them for their services.

Beer, C E

2nd Devons

Clarke, F B

North Somerset Yeomanry

Classey, G

Essex Regt

Cosway, W

9th Lancers

Ellicott, W H

Worcester Regt. LC

Farnell, F V

Royal Engineers

Ford, J

Military Mounted Police

Franklin, W B

Motor Transport

Franks, H J

Royal Field Artillery

Gale, W

5th Devons

Glanville, Alfred

Royal Engineers

Glanville, Arthur

4th Devons

Holcombe, A J

Lancashire Fusiliers

Hunt, L

Royal Navy Air Service

Hussey, Frederick J

Machine Gun Corps

James, L A

King’s Royal Rifles

Jarvis, Thomas Churchill

Royal Engineers

Kellaway, W

Army Service Corps

Knight, E

Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry

Knight, F R

Royal Engineers

Leaworthy, F

Royal Garrison Artillery

Manley, W

Royal Engineers

Pearcey, H

Royal Engineers

Pine, A

Wessex Field Ambulance

Pratt, W

Royal Engineers

Prouse, Arthur

Coldstreams

Prouse, H

Army Service Corps

Robinson, E J

6th Devons

Rowsell, R G

Labour Corps

Sanders, W

Dorsets

Squire, C R

4th Devons

Squire, W S

Royal Marine Artillery

Summers, T H

Army Service Corps

Widgery, G

Machine Gun Guards

Widgery, T H

Machine Gun Corps

Wyatt, P

R A S, (Royal Army Service)

Also known to have served are:

John (Jack) Clapp, Royal Navy, Seaman HMS Donegal

Tom Cross, Royal Navy

Wilfred Cross, Devonshire Regiment 4th Battalion

Alfred George Franks, Royal Navy

Harry Glanville, Devon Regiment 13th Battalion

A Harris, Royal Field Artillery

Captain MPR Oakes, 5th Royal Irish Lancers

Percy Prouse, Machine Gun Corps

Frank Salter, 2/5th Welsh Regiment