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.