Move to have Awliscombe soldier’s name engraved on village memorial

PUBLISHED: 11:30 17 December 2017




James Hine served in India with the volunteer unit of the First and Fourth Battalion of the Devonshire Regiment.

A Honiton auctioneers said it would be a ‘nice gesture’ if a war veteran’s name can be engraved on Awliscombe’s war memorial - next to his brother’s.

Chilcotts, in Silver Street, recently received medals belonging to brothers from the village.

George and James Hine were both born in Awliscombe and fought in World War One.

Private George Hine, of the 8th Battalion of the Devonshire Regiment, was killed on 14 July 1916 – during the early days of the Somme.

He is one of the names engraved on Awliscombe’s war memorial.

James Hine served in India with the volunteer unit of the First and Fourth Battalion of the Devonshire Regiment.

He survived active service and was eventually discharged, dying of an illness in August 1916.

James was given a Commonwealth war grave in Awliscombe churchyard, indicating that the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) believed he died of something contracted whilst on active service.

However, James is not commemorated on the memorial, as he wasn’t on active service when he died.

Now, Chilcotts has suggested that James’ name should be listed next to his brother’s name.

Duncan Chilcott said: “It seems a sad fact that whilst George’s name is on the memorial, his brother isn’t.

“We have been thinking that it would be a nice gesture to find out if his name could be listed next to his brother’s name on the war memorial, perhaps in time for next year, the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One.”

William Furnival, chairman of Awliscombe Parish Council, signalled his support for the move, adding: “Providing that his family wish the add his name to the Awliscombe war memorial, the parish council would be happy to see Private James Hine’s name placed alongside his brother’s.”

Chilcotts recently had the brothers’ medals for sale as one lot, so they would stay together when passed on to the next purchaser, but they were not sold.

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