Private Bertram Charles Honour

Service Army Service No. 4170
Rank Private
Regiment:Devonshire Regiment, 2nd/4th Battalion
Date of Birth: 1890
Date of Death: 18/11/1916
Memorial: Holcombe Memorial Inscription

Service History

There are no surviving Service Records for Bertram Charles Honour beyond a British Army WW1 Medal Roll Index Card that shows he was awarded a British War Medal.

From other sources we can see the movements of the 2/4th Battalion, Devonshire Regiment. It was formed at Exeter in September 1914 as a Second Line battalion; became part of 2nd Devon and Cornwall Brigade, 2nd Wessex Division.
12 December 1914 : sailed for India and came under orders of the Southern Brigade, 9th (Secunderabad) Division. (www.longlongtrail) from January 1915 to October 1917 when they sailed for Egypt (The Regimental Warpath 1914-1918).
Bertram Charles Honour's records refer to “died” rather than killed in action and it appears  that he  succumbed to fever (Dawlish Gazette refers). His Death Grant of £12.8s.4d and the War Gratuity of £10.8s.4d were paid to his father, Thomas.

Association with Dawlish

Thomas Alexander Honour was born in Plymouth in the October/December quarter of 1850. His parents were living at the rear of 19 Lower Batter Street, St Andrew's, Plymouth but moved to Holcombe village ca 1853, to judge by the places of birth of the children.

Thomas Alexander Honour married Emily Drusilla Jarman (1847-1916) in Holcombe in the July/September quarter of 1883. By this marriage Thomas A Honour was linking his family with the large local Jarman family which related him to the Kerswells and Brights, also losing sons during the Great War.

Bertram Charles Honour was the first son of Thomas and Emily, being born in Holcombe in the October/December quarter of 1890. His brother, Reginald Alexander Honour, was born on the 26th June 1894. (see his death record on 17 October 1918)
Thomas was still shown as a sailor in the 1901 census at the age of 49 while the boys were scholars.
In 1911 the rural life of Holcombe has attracted Thomas as a “farm labourer” and both the boys are “gardeners”. The Dawlish Gazette reported that "before joining up he was gardener at Derncleugh."

Devon Roll of Honour It is not known if there is a record in the Devon Roll of Honour for Holcombe.
Additional Information Commonwealth War Graves Site

Next of Kin: Father, Thomas Alexander Honour
Last Known Address: Holcombe, Dawlish

Bertram Charles Honour

Bertram Charles Honour by photo studio Wm Vile, Newton Abbot

Memorial Tablet, St George's Church, Holcombe, Nr Dawlish

Memorial card for B C Honour, inner page 2

Devonshire Regt, 2nd/4th Battalion

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