Hennock & Teign Village Chronicle

Published by the Hennock Village Hall Committee

300° view of Hennock from
the top of the Church Tower

© 2014 D Baker

The Hennock and Teign Village War Memorial

War Memorial
The War Memorial
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The Hennock WW1 Roll of Honour
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The Hennock and Teign Village War Memorial was consecrated about the 23th Nov 1924 at a service conducted by the Bishop of Exeter and the Vicar of Hennock the Rev R J Attfield.
The War Memorial is situated some distance from the Church just outside of the original village on land donated by Mr F G George of Hazelwood. The site was chosen so that although in Hennock it would be visible from Teign Village.
The Cross itself is 9 foot high and made of rough granite.
The names on the memorial are inscribed with family name and initial only, here I have I hope correctly named them, added some biographical detail, CWGC burial or memorial location and have added service records and awards of valour.
There are 11 names on the Hennock WW1 memorial and 6 from WW2. I have added to this list some additional names derived from the official WW1 Casualty list where their place of birth or their residence is given as Hennock or Teign Village. See Historical Notes below.

The sons of Hennock who did not come home:

(Click on a name to see their record.)

WW1

Henry J Bawdon *

George Henry Cann *

William Cornish DCM *

Albert Gloyne *

Francis William Heath *

John Hole

Thomas George Millman *

Alfred G Milton *

Henry Morcombe

Percy Charles Parker MM *

Charles Edward Saunders *

Walter Eli Shepherd

Wilfred William Snell

Samuel Henry Wilcocks

William Henry Wills *

William Henry Woolacott *

 

WW2

Frederick Charles Hodge *

Frederick Arthur Wills *

Eric Riddler *

Kenneth Tucker *

Thomas Lee *

Frank Howard *

 

* Names recorded on the War Memorial

When WW2 records become available further details will be posted

 

The Roll of Honour containing 65 names is kept in the Church, it was most probably started by the Rev. Skipper who was vicar at the out break of the war and whose son's name is contained in the Roll.
The Rev. Skipper moved on in 1917 so he did not complete the Roll. The names in the lower half are written in a different hand to those in the top half. Sadly the Roll has been proved to be an incomplete record in that:
a) it does not contain some of the names that appear on the War Memorial and
b) it was reported at the War Memorial meeting chaired by the Rev Mott in July 1921 that there were over 100 Veterans in the parish. Somewhat more than the 65 names recorded on the Roll of Honour.

 

Historical Notes
After WW1 there was no official national project to remember the dead, which was in keeping with the norm, there are no memorials to earlier wars, Boor, Crimea, Napoleonic, etc.
It seems that the tremendous number of casualties, over 700,000 UK dead and over 1.6 million wounded, affecting every City, Town and Village in the country led to a national feeling that some memorial must be raised to those who had made the supreme sacrifice. It seems that this was largely left to the efforts of local people to organize, raise funds for and create their own memorial.
In the case of the Hennock War memorial there was a committee chaired by the Vicar and families and friends of the casualties seem to have nominated the names to be included. (I have so far been unable to find any minutes of the Memorial Committee, if I do find them I will update this page).
This accounts for the fact that a number of Casualties were not included either because the family did not want it or they had moved away.
The service records for over 60% of WW1 Servicemen were destroyed during a bombing raid in WW2 when the warehouse in the London Docks in which they were stored was bombed.
If no service record information is shown for a service man (missing) then I have been unable to locate his service record and it must be presumed destroyed.
This also makes it virtually impossible to make a list of those men and boys from Hennock and Teign Village who served and survived. There are some War Memorials in the land that also commemorate those who served in addition to those who never returned home.