The First World War in Lewannick

Lewannick War MemorialThe following died in the service of their country and are commorated on Lewannick War Memorial (Thanks to Sally Hewitt whose research this is based on):

ERIC A. BENNETTS: Sub Lieutenant, Royal Naval Air Service.
Son of Rev. Bennetts (vicar to 1914), spent childhood in Lewannick.
Came back from parents in S. Africa in spring 1916 to join flying corps.
September 1917 - reported missing, fallen with plane behind German lines. Plane rammed by another British aeroplane
February 1918 - death confirmed.
26/2/18 service of commemoration. (Trigg Major magazine)
Floral tribute - "In loving memory of dear Eric from Commander & Mrs Watts Russel. From all at Pen Tamar."
Floral tribute - "In proud & loving memory of Eric & those who fell in the Great War from this Parish. Mrs & Miss Bennetts of Lifton."
Floral tribute - "In proud & loving memory of Eric Augustine Bennetts & all those who from this Parish fell in the Great War, from Rev. & Mrs W.T. Bennetts.

Lance Cpl (Wilts) of Bovey Tracey, late of Polyphant.
Killed in action (Cornish & Devon Post; 17/11/17)
possible floral tribute - "In remembrance of dear Fred from his brother & sister."

JOHN THOMAS BROWN: 8th Devon Regiment. (Sergeant)
Floral tributes -"In loving memory of dear cousin J.T. Brown from Ellen."
"In loving memory of Dad from Beatie."
"In loving memory of John Thomas Brown, 8th Devon Regt, from his loving wife Jane Brown."

ERNEST COX: (Private 200809)
1st/4tb Bn., Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry
Cornish & Devon Feb 16th, 1918.
From King's Cross, London. Came to Cornwall after leaving school and worked for Mr Daniels
at Trelaske Barton. Well known for his pleasant manner.
Was one of the first to volunteer at the first recruiting meeting held in the schoolroom at
Lewannick. Enlisted in D.C.L.I. after training at Newquay.
Sent initially to India and then Palestine.
Killed in action Thursday 22nd November 1917.
Was aged 22 and engaged to be married.
Regular attender at United Methodist Church.
G. 45.

World War One memorial plaqueALFRED HENRY DAWE:
2nd Lieutenant The King's Royal Rifle Corps.
Died 11/04/1917 in France. Arras Memorial Bay 7.
Nephew of Elizabeth and Jane Dawe of Trevadlock who gave the land for the War Memorial

HARRY DOWN: (Private) Cornish & Devon - Sept 28, 1918. 72165 aged 19
Son of Mr & Mrs George Downs, Tinney Hall.
Reported missing June 1918 - confirmed dead September 1918.
In all probability killed in action or died of wounds on or soon after May 31st , 1918.
Trained with the Devons, then transferred to Cheshires. Had only been in France a short
time before being reported missing.
Cornish & Devon, 16/2/18 - Home on leave and l ooking quite well.
Floral tribute - "In loving memory of dear Harry from his loving Father,
Mother, brother & sisters."
Son of George and Elizabeth Down of Tinney Hall, Lewannick
Chambrecy British Cemetery, Morne, France. Grave I E 7

CHARLES WILFRID EALES: Lieutenant 2nd Devonshire Regiment. (2nd Lt.)
Son of Rev. Eales, Vicar of Lewannick.
Killed in action near Cambrai, 27 September 1918.
The men were part of the force attempting to break the Hindenburg Line.
They assembled near Hermies with orders to cross the Canal du Nord.
Roll of Honour Dec 12, 1914 (Cornish &Devon) - Public Schools ' Battalion.

FRANK JASPER: (Private 36436)
1st Btn. Worcestershire Regt.
Died 04/03/1917
Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France Pier and Face 5 A and 6 C

THOMAS KENT: Private 240906
2nd Btn. DCLI
Son of John Wills Kent, Lewannick
Died Sat 17 Nov 1917 aged 29
Interred Trevadlock Cross Wesleyan Chapelyard
Floral tribute - "In ever loving memory of dear Tommy , from Father,
Mother, Will and Annie . "

MAURICE B. LOCK: (Private)
enlisted March 1915 DCLI
attached to Hampshire Regiment.
Left England December 1915 for Mesopatania.
Died of fever at Bosra, Mesopatania, aged 23.
(Report Cornish & Devon Post 11/11/1916 . )

Driver 1300
4th (Wessex) Bde., attd. 28th Div. Ammunition Col., Royal Field Artillery who died on Thursday, 24th August 1916. Age 18.
Son ofJohn and Mary Grace Marks, of Hurdon Hill Launceston, Cornwall.
Grave ref 1666

JOHN MARTYN: Army - Rifleman?
Brother of postmaster.
Died of wounds received in Belgium (Trigg Major magazine September
1917). Date of death 14/ 8/ 1917.
1891 census - John Martyn, son of postmaster (William Martyn) one
month old. Sister - Ethel (6) . Brother - WaIter (3)
Son of Mr & Mrs W.C . Martyn formerly of P. O.
Born at Lewannick. Educated at Lewannick and Shebbear College, then worked for four
years in Weston-Super-Mare and then in London.
Volunteered in Aug 1914 but rejected because of dental problems. Nov 1914 accepted for
foreign service. 18 months training and duty on E. coast then rejected because of varicose veins . Had operation in Colchester Military Hosp & left for foreign service on 19/5/17 .
Floral tribute - "To our dear John, ever fondly remembered by Father, Mother, Ethel, Walter & Annie."


WILLIAM ROWE: Oxford & Bucks Light Infantry. 266915
Pte. W. Rowe son of Mr and Mrs J . Rowe of Dingleys Farm.
Left England Aug 13 1915
Wounded Aug 23.
Missing Oct 13.
Concern of parents reported Cornish & Devon, 23/9/16.
1st/1st Bucks Bn, Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry
Died aged 23 on Wednesday, 23rd August 1916.
Private Rowe was the son of John and Eliza Rowe, of Medrow,
Polyphant, Lewannick, Launceston, Cornwall.
Remembered with honour


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