First World War Centenary Commemorations

IMG_3992As part of the commemorations of the centenary of the beginning of World War One the History Department have asked the OWBA if we can help with research into the soldiers from WBS who fell during the four years of fighting.

Please have a look at the Roll of Honour and the short profiles of just some of the over 50 men who died. If you have any information please contact us. Remembrance Sunday 2014 Roll of Honour 1914-1918 Henry Grattan Elliott Henry was assigned to the 1st Battalion of the Devonshire Regiment as an officer.  He was killed by a sniper during the Battle of Aisne; it is likely that he was involved in a British assault against a German position, or was holding a position, when he died on 20th September 1914, aged 33… Reginald Stuart Handford Reginald attended West Buckland School from April 1908 to 1913. He was a member of the Brereton and was strong in drama and debating and a key member of both school societies in these areas…

Edward Hamilton Southcomb

Edward joined West Buckland School as a member of the Brereton in 1904 ‘at a very early age’, according to his brief obituary in the School’s Register of December 1917…

Frederick Thomas Miller Son of Thomas and Mary Miller, of ‘Stoodleigh’, West Buckland, South Molton, Devon. The farm house is still inhabited by the Miller family and was also the first site of West Buckland School when it was established in 1858.  Frederick attended West Buckland as a boarder between 1904 and 1906…


  1. Cyril Edward Patrick Mecrate-Butcher says:

    I have all Cyril Arthur’s letters and full war record and letters about his demise from friends and much more. If you are interested for your record let me know and I will send you more
    Bill Mecrate-Butcher

    • admin says:

      Hi Bill,
      Thank you so much for getting in contact with us. We would be very interested to have as much information as possible and it would be great if you could let us know more.

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