Concert will unite relatives of Ottery St Mary soldiers killed in First World War

Ottery St Mary Parish Church. Picture: Simon Horn

Ottery St Mary Parish Church. Picture: Simon Horn - Credit: Simon Horn

Organisers appeal for descendents of those named on war memorial to come forward

The organisers of a concert in Ottery St Mary commemorating the end of the First World War are hoping that relatives of the 87 people named on the memorial plaque in the town’s parish church will attend.

A group of local performers will present Songs That Won The War, a selection of music and writings from that period, in the church on Saturday, November 10, 100 years on from the eve of Armistice Day.

It will be in memory of all those who died or suffered as a consequence of the war, and in particular it will honour those recorded on the memorial plaque.

The organisers hope that as many as possible of their living relatives will come along, and be part of a commemorative photograph which will be taken on the evening.

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Songs That Won The War will be performed by a group of local people being formed especially for the event, called The Ottery Players or TOPS.

Tickets are £10, including a glass of wine and finger buffet.

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Names on the memorial plaque in the Ottery St Mary Parish Church:

Private Albert John Baker

Private James Baker

Corporal William James Barrett

Trooper Arthur Bastin

Private Clarence Donald Disraeli Bastin

Colour Sergeant Charles Frank Batstone

Flight Sub-Lieutenant Samuel Lowe Bennett

Private Albert George Berry

Private Ernest William Huxtable Berry

Lance Corporal Frank Bess

Private Walter Board

Private William Henry Board

Private Alfred Harold Bovett

Private Owen Butt

Private Alfred Frederick Butter

Private John William Cann

Private William Albert John Cann

Able Seaman William Cross (listed in error, he survived the War)

Private Henry Thomas Churchman

Private William John Churchman

2nd Lieutenant Luke Frederick Rennell Coleridge

Private George Connett

Private John Thomas Cummings

Corporal Francis Henry Field

Lieutenant Colonel Pulteney Charles Gabbett

Private Herbert William Godfrey

Private Cyril William Hake

Private Edwin Ham

Able Seaman Edward John Ham

Private D J Harding

Private Arthur Harris

Private Thomas Harris

2nd Class Petty Officer Isaac Hill

Private Ernest Frank Hooper

Private Henry James Hooper

Private William Howard

1st CI. Petty Officer Albert Charles Howe

Chief Petty Officer George Woodley Howe

Private William Henry Howe

Private William Arthur James

Private Frederick Kingdon

Private Reginald Frank Lee

Private Harry Leatt

Flight Cadet James Littley

Pioneer Abraham Cottey Luxton – Royal Engineers

Gunner George Henry Luxton – Royal Artillery

Private George Marker

Sergeant John Martin

Private Frederick Joseph Matthews

Rifleman Francis John Braddick Melluish

Private Arthur Tom Manley

Sergeant William Henry North

Sappeer Walter John Palfrey

Private Thomas Henry Patch

Private John Perryman

Private Frank Piney

Private Charles John Piney

Private William Charles Pottinger

Private Thomas Pratt

Private William James Prigg

Private Harry Robert Prigg

Officers Steward Louis Henry Richards – Royal Navy

Squadron Sergeant Major Edward Vezey Rooker

Private Harold Lionel Salter

Lance Corporal John Elliott Salter

Private Samuel Salter

Private William Melluish Sandford

Private Frank Shepperd

Corporal Albert Hill Short

Able Seaman Frederick George Short

Private Archibald George Slee

Private William Edward Sluggett

Sergeant John Smith

Private Frederick John Taylor

Private Walter Thompson

Corporal Arthur Totterdell

Private Edward William Totterdell

Private Frederick Tremlett

Private Frederick Viney

Private Frank Small Welsman

Leading Seaman Alfred White

Sergeant Sidney George White M.M.

Private Frank Archibald Wilmington

Stoker Frank Channon Woodley

Private William Robert Woodley

Gunner Frederick Thomas Stiling

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