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Posted on Dec 14, 2014 by in Article | 1 comment

This is an article from Roger Pyke who runs: Launceston Then


1st World War
Gunner C Amery was the son of Mr and Mrs Amery of Leven Cottages, Bude. His father was retired Chief Officer of the Coastguard. He was killed in action August 1917.

Claude Trebye Penwarden Barrett was born at Bude in 1887 to Thomas and Jenny BARRETT. He enlisted with the DCLI as a Private (Regimental No. 220024) serving with the 1st/5th Battalion. He was killed in action on the 31st of March 1918.

Bertram John Barrett was born in 1879 at Marhamchurch to Henry and Elizabeth Ann Barrett . He enlisted with the Royal Engineers as a Sapper (Regimental No. 180846) serving with the 497th Field Company. He was married and left a widow Dorathina BARRETT who was residing at 19 Queen Street, Bude when he was killed in action on the 16th of April 1918.

Frederick William Box was born in 1894 to William and Alexandra Box at Bude. His father was a saddle harness maker. On leaving school Fred worked for the L. &S.W. Railway as a booking clerk. He enlisted as a signaller (Regimental No. 228660) with the Royal Fusiliers serving with the 1st Battalion. He was killed in action on the 8th of August 1918. He is interred at the Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery . He left a widow in Sarah Selina Cater Box.

James Ernest Brimacombe was born in 1899 to Mr and Mrs E. Brimacombe at Bude. On leaving school James worked for the L. & S. W. Railways at Bude station. He was a member of the Stratton Church choir and was well regarded as having a very good tenor voice. He enlisted at Launceston in April 1917 with the Prince of Wales’s Own (West Yorkshire Regiment) as a private (Regimental No. 66453) serving with the 1/5th Battalion. He was killed in action on the 1st of November 1918.

Ernest George Clarke b. 1878 at Ditcheat, Somerset son of Colin and Annie Clarke of Wimborne. Before enlisting he was living in in Bude with his sister in law (his wife having died in the late 1900’s) and his daughter Margaret Hilda Clarke and was working as an ironmongers assistant. He joined the DCLI and made the rank of Second Lieutenant (Regimental No. 15837). He was killed in action on the 23rd of April 1917.

Signaller Charles James Clowes was born in 1894 at Walsall, Staffs Son of Mrs. Jessie Clowes (widow), of 9, Berries Mount, Bude. He enlisted at Bodmin with the DCLI as a Private (Regimental No. 200713). He died of his wounds at Ypres on the 19th of October 1917.

Cyril Richard Cloke was born in 1899 to Richard and Elizabeth Cloke at Thornbury, Devon. His father was a farm labourer. He originally enlisted at Launceston with the Somerset Light Infantry as a private (Regimental No.40311) but was transferred to the Royal Berkshire regiment (Regimental No. 48696) serving with the 5th Battalion. He was killed in action by a shell blast on the 26th of June 1918. He was interred at the Bouzincourt Communal Cemetery.

John Ching was born in 1890 to John and Ann Ching at Stratton. His father was a carpenter a profession that John junior followed into. He married Florence E. Vodden at Bude in 1914 . He enlisted with the DCLI rising to the rank of Lance Corporal (Regimental No. 240935) serving with the 1/5th Battalion. He died of his wounds on the 13th of APRIL 1918 in France.

George Edgar Cunningham was born in 1892 to Edward and Ellen Cunningham at Stratton. His father was a sailor who died when George was eight. On leaving school George worked as a Grocers porter but then worked as assistant postman at Bude. He was a member of the Territorials and was immediately called to the colours at the outbreak of war. He served as a private with the DCLI 4th/5th Battalions in India and Mesopotamia (Regimental No. 201162). He was taken prisoner at Kut after a major battle with the Turks. He died of dysentery on the 29th of April 1916. He is interred at the Baghdad (North Gate) War Cemetery.

Alfred Hallett b. 1891 son of George and Louisa Hallett of Downs view, Bude. Served with the Royal Fusiliers 7th Battalion as a Corporal (Regimental No 61001). He enlisted in London where he was living at the time. He was killed in action on the 26th of February 1917 in France.( G/7822, R.W. SURREY)

Wilfred Henry Gordon Hallett was born in 1891 to William A and Selina A Hallett at Exeter. His father was a machine maker fitter. By 1911 Wilfred was living in Swindon and working as an engine fitter and tuner. He joined the Royal Navy in 1915 as an Artificer 4th class (Service No. M12700). He was serving aboard ‘HMS Natal’ when she accidently blew up and sunk whilst in harbor at Cromarty Firth on the 30th of December 1915. His body was never recovered but his name is commemorated on the Plymouth Naval memorial.

Richard Heard was born in 1882 at Illcombe, Kilkhampton to Richard and Mary HEARD. He enlisted at Guildford with the 5th Lancers (Royal Irish) as a private (Regimental No. 17079) serving with the Household Cavalry and Cavalry of the Line. He was killed by a sniper on the 23rd of March 1918.

William Thomas Marshall was born in 1896 to John Edward and Tryphena Marshall at Bude. His father worked as a dustman with the Bude and Stratton urban council. He joined the Royal Navy (Service No. J/ 47142) as an ordinary seaman. He was serving at ‘HMS Vivid’ when he became ill with pneumonia and he died at Plymouth Naval hospital on the 15th of January 1916. He is interred at the Bude Haven (St Michael and All Angels) Churchyard.

Charley Morrish was born in 1898 to Frederick and Louisa Morrish at Bude. His father worked as a waggoner for a Bude Merchant. He enlisted with the DCLI as a private (Regimental No. 23680) serving with the 7th Battalion. He was taken prisoner at Ham, France on the 24th of March 1918. He had been severely wounded having been shot in both knees, the bones of which had been splintered. The right leg had been amputated and the left rejoined. He however never recovered and died on the 11th of May 1918. He was interred at the Cologne Southern Cemetery.

Frederick Sercombe was born in 1863 to Mr and Mrs William Sercombe at Plymouth. He joined the Royal Navy as a Sea boy at the age of 15 rising to the eventual the rank of Chief Petty Officer (Service No. 110170). He had worked as a coastguard on leaving the Navy, first at Port Issac then Boscastle finally finishing at Bude before the war. He was called back to the service at the outbreak of war where he served aboard ‘HMS Monmouth’. The ship was sunk in the Pacific and Frederick went down with the ship on the 1st of November 1911. His body was never recovered but his name is commemorated on the Plymouth Naval Memorial. He left a widow of Annie Sercombe who was living at 3 Berries Mount, Bude at the time of his death.

2nd World War
Charles Victor Joliffe was born in 1923 at Bude. He joined the Royal Armored Corps as a Trooper (Regimental No 14287442) serving with the 23rd Hussars. He was killed in action on the 16th of December 1944. He was interred at the Schoonselhof Cemetery.


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  1. Mark Humphreys added this to Bude & Beyond so I’ve also added it here:

    As the 6th of June has just passed and there have been many tributes to the brave young men that took part in D Day and other offensives during the war I went up to the commemoration weekend at the Assault training centre at Saunton. There were all sorts of vehicles including Jeeps, Jimmys and a Buffalo and lots of the owners were dressed up as soldiers and land girls, etc., from the time and there were also a small group of veterans that had attended to lay a wreath at the training area.

    I spoke to lots of people and they had stories of the 29th Infantry and others that had been trained here before going over on D Day . I said: “yes I live near Bude where The Rangers trained.” Did they?” “Who ?” “Where ?” I was gobsmacked hardly anyone knew about The Rangers living and training in Bude before attacking The Pointe Du Hoc – even from Wikipedia there is this snippet:

    The plan called for the three companies of Rangers to be landed by sea at the foot of the cliffs, scale them using ropes, ladders, and grapples whilst under enemy fire, and engage the enemy at the top of the cliff. This was to be carried out before the main landings. The Rangers trained for the cliff assault on the Isle of Wight, under the direction of British Commandos.

    The Isle of Wight ? I know a friend of mine, Claire, has been speaking to people about their experiences of The Rangers during the war but there must be many more out there and some great photos . Another friend I spoke to about this found out that his grand father had actually come to Bude to help train them and this only came to light as his father overheard us .

    There must also be other stories about the men and women from Bude that left to fight. I have spoken to many local people whilst I was collecting for Help For Heroes around the town and have heard fantastic stories from women who drove the trucks or served as Military Police or medics not only from ww2 but right up to the present and it never fails to surprise me when some one comes and tells me their stories.

    I went to another show at Teignmouth, where an elderly chap and his wife came over and he made it clear that he wasn’t very happy that there were not many people depicting the British troops; it was mainly the Americans . I spent over an hour chatting with him and he told me he was in the RAF and then The Parachute Regiment and he landed on the beaches and then fought his way across to Berlin and how many friends he had made and also that he had lost and that he had come down to attend a ceremony at the town’s war memorial.

    His wife told me that he had his medals in his pocket because he was too embarrassed to wear them in front of everyone. After a lot of coaxing, he drew his medals from his pocket they were all polished and looked as if they had just been given out as they were kept in a small bag. I don’t know what they all were but he changed as soon as he put them on.

    This little, old, unassuming man grew to about 8ft tall and his wife beamed at him. He was taken around all the different stands where he told everyone how to work the weapons that they were displaying and how to wear their equipment properly. A couple of hours later they came back to me and said thanks. This had made his day and he was going to come to more things like this and let people know things that had happened. My day was now complete. You don’t know who that person is that you are looking at or standing next to or what they have done in their lifetime. It may be because of their actions that we are here today . Children do not even have to take history at school these days, so how are these things going to be passed on? Was there a two minute silence on remembrance day at local schools? What was done for VE Day ? I could go on.

    Maybe there should be somewhere for local stories to be told and shared with local youngsters – they might be surprised to find out about where they live and the people they live amongst.

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