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Ernest George Vanstone 1889-1914
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

October 4, 2014: Ernest George Vanstone 1889-1914 Ernest George Vanstone is the second soldier born in Hatherleigh who was killed in the Great War and is named on the War Memorial in the churchyard. He was in the 55th Field Coy. of the Royal Engineers, no 19959 and apart from his address at enlistment in Kensington, Middlesex there is very little information in the records about him. In WW2 during a bombing raid in London a lot of the records, especially those of the Royal Engineers were destroyed. Ernest was killed in action at Ypres in France on the 23rd October 1914 having only been transferred on the 5th October, his name is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial. Ernest was born in Hatherleigh and lived in Higher Street with his parents William, who was born in Hartland and Ellen, who came from Kilkhampton. Ernest`s older brother Alfred also served and was killed in 1916. If anyone has any further information or photographs of the men that are named on the War Memorial, I would love to hear from you. Monica Jones 01837 811293 or email: monicasusie@tiscali.co.uk

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