Lance Corporal Holroyd Edward Hamlyn

Service Army Service No. 28018
Rank Lance Corporal
Regiment:Somerset Light Infantry, 7th Battalion
Date of Birth: 1895
Born Teignmouth
Date of Death: 16/09/1917
Memorial: Cofton Memorial Inscription Halroyd E Hamlyn

Service History

Holroyd enlisted with the Devonshire Labour Regiment, service no. 17269 and was invalided home. On returning to the front he was attached to the 7th Battalion, Somerset Light Infantry, service no. 28018, where he was serving when killed in action on 16 September 1917.

Association with Dawlish

Holroyd Edward Hamlyn was the fourth child of Thomas William Hamlyn (1866-1945) and Emma Full Hamlyn (1866-1940) of Teignmouth.

Holroyd (also written as Halroyd in some docs) worked as a mason's labourer when he left school and he married Caroline Crews (1887-1964) who lived at Cofton, in 1915. The connection with Dawlish is through his name appearing on the War Memorial in Cofton churchyard.

Devon Roll of Honour
Additional Information Commonwealth War Graves Site
Devon Heritage Site

Next of Kin: Caroline Hamlyn, widow
Last Known Address: 26 Bitton Hill, Teignmouth

Cofton War Memorial for 1917

Report in the Western Times, Friday 28 September 1917

Somerset Light Infantry

Teignmouth seafront memorial

Teignmouth St James’s Memorial window

H Roche, Teign Heritage Centre

Cofton churchyard memorial


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Census records

Beale family tree (Ancestry)