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Villagers who gave their lives revealed

Every year on Remembrance Sunday the names of the 10 men who died in the First World War and the four who died in the Second are read out as part of the Blackawton ceremony.
But with the 100th anniversary of the start of the Great War just around the corner, local historian James Mussem decided it was time find out about the men behind the names.
Like Lambert Bond, whose father was a poultry and cattle farmer in Blackawton, who died of wounds in Mesopotamia in 1916 aged just 23.
And Frederick Bowhay, an apprentice carpenter who joined up as a cook’s mate on board HMS Defence and died alongside all 893 crew members when the heavy cruiser went down in the Battle of Jutland in 1916.
And William Leat, the son of a Blackawton rabbit trapper – one of seven children – who was a chief stoker on board HMS Dorsetshire when she was sunk by a Japanese bomber in 1942. William was listed as missing presumed dead. He was 43 years old.
Samuel Hodge and William Hodge are both listed among the First World War casualties and were almost certainly related, said Mr Mussem, although he has not been able to track down just how.
Both were killed in action on the Western Front in Flanders just six months apart while serving with the Devonshire Regiment.
Samuel’s father was born in Harberton and worked as a grocer and wagoner living in Dartmouth. Samuel was 27 when he was killed in action in March 1916.
William was even younger when he died. He was just 21. He had been working as a farm labourer at Washbourne and was probably lodging at the post office in Blackawton when he joined up. He was killed in August 1916.
Blackawton’s war memorial, sited in the village’s main street between the two village pubs, was probably put up soon after the 1918 armistice. It bears 14 names but does not even include their Christian names or their military units.

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