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Memorial details

Memorial type
Church Fabric / Fitting: Organ or organ part
North Devon
First World War (1914-1918)
  • Unveiled
    Date: 11 April 1920
    Attended by: The Dean of Exeter unveiled the tablet
  • Unveiled
    Date: 14 January 1920
    Attended by: The new choir organ was unveiled, which had been made by Messrs W.G. Vowles of Bristol.
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Current location

South wall
to the right of the west door
Holy Trinity Church
Trinity Place
North Devon
EX32 9HG

OS Grid Ref: SS 56205 32777
Denomination: Church of England

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Choir organ, with associated dedicatory marble tablet set within an alabaster frame. The inlaid pale green border of the marble tablet has inset dark green triangles and a red square at each corner.
Inscription legible?
Names on memorial
Bale, Reginald S
Beagen, Reginald
Bendle, James E
Cooke, George V
Garland, Reginald
Harris, John
Morgan, Sidney
Sanders, Charles
Stephens, Charles
Stevens, Frederick
See details for all 13 names
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 13
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 13
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Forenames, surname
    Order of information: Listed alphabetically by surname.
  • Frame
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Alabaster
  • Tablet
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Marble
  • Organ or Organ part
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Undefined
Listing information

Memorial: £279

Trust fund/Scholarship
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Church of England
  • Western Times Saturday 7/6/1919 reported: 'Holy Trinity Church, Barnstaple At a meeting of Holy Trinity Vestry at Barnstaple Thursday, the Vicar (Rev. H. Every) and churchwardens were requested to make application for a faculty to enable a choir organ to added to the existing organ, and a tablet intended be placed on the south wall of the church recording the names of men connected with the church who had made the supreme sacrifice in the war. The, vicar mentioned that the estimated total cost was about £245, toward which they had in hand about £130'.
  • North Devon Journal Thursday 15/4/1920 printed a lengthy report of the unveiling of the tablet: 'HOLY TRINITY CHURCH, BARNSTAPLE WAR MEMORIAL TABLET UNVEILED BY DEAN OF EXETER. Before a crowded congregation in Holy Trinity Church, Barnstaple, on Sunday evening, the Dean of Exeter (Very Rev. H. R. Gamble) unveiled a marble tablet placed in the south wall in memory of members of the Church who made the supreme sacrifice in the great War. The beautiful tablet bears the inscription : "To the greater glory of God and in memory of the below-named who worshipped in this Church and gave their lives in the great War, the choir organ was added to the organ in the year 1919. Reginald S. Bale. James E. Bendle, George V. Cooke, Reginald Garland, John Harris, Sidney Morgan, Charles Sanders, Fredk. Stevens, Harry Stevens, Charles Stephens, Sidney J. Trott, Ernest P. Westcott." The Vicar (Rev. H. E. Every) took the service, and Mr. C. H. Brannam read the lessons. The Dean's eloquent sermon was based on the chapter of St. Matthew, 28th verse... Special hymns were sung during the impressive service, at the close of which "March Funebre" was very beautifully played by the organist, Mr. Ernest Manning'.
  • Western Times 15/1/1920 reported: 'HOLY TRINITY, BARNSTAPLE Special Service to Re-open the Enlarged Organ There was a large congregation at Holy Trinity Church, Barnstaple, last night, at a special service held to re-open the organ, after extensive alterations and repairs, which have occupied nearly ten weeks in executing. As a special thanksgiving for the termination the war, the Vicar (the Rev, H. Every) and Churchwardens, with the hearty approval and co-operation of members of the church, decided on the enlargement of the organ, and this has now been carried out by the addition of a choir organ, making the instrument one of considerable beauty of tone and power. The work was entrusted to one of the best known firms in the West of England, Messrs. W. G. Vowles, of Bristol, who, with Mr. H. Lovell in charge, have carried out their task in a manner that has given entire satisfaction. The front of the new choir organ has 'been executed in keeping with the old structure, the new set of metal pipes encased in pitch-pine, being erected in the adjoining arch to that occupied by the existing organ within the Chancel. Six new Stops and four couplers have been added, as follows:—Clarabel, Leiblich Gedacht, Dulciana, Wald Flute, Clarionette, and Tremulant, choir to swell, choir sub octaves, choir to pedals, and choir to great, the whole effecting a vast improvement to the organ and considerably enhancing its beauty. The new choir organ has a pneumatic control, and is built on most up-to-date principles The old instrument has also been thoroughly renovated and cleaned. The total cost of the scheme, which will include the erection of a handsome Mosaic tablet to the memory of the twelve men of the parish who gave their lives in the great war, will be £279. and it was a very gratifying fact that practically the whole of this has been subscribed, less than £20 remaining to be raised prior to the service last evening, the collection at which was also devoted to the fund. Unfortunately the memorial tablet will not be ready for dedication for some weeks yet, and it is hoped that the Dean of Exeter, the Very Rev. Dr. H.R. Gamble, will be able to visit his native town to perform this. For last night's service...'.
  • North Devon Journal 12/6/1919 reported: 'HOLY TRINITY CHURCH, BARNSTAPLE PROPOSED THANKSGIVING AND WAR MEMORIALS. Parishioners of Holy Trinity, Barnstaple, in the church vestry on Thursday evening, considered the question of applying to the Chancellor of the Diocese for a faculty to permit of an improvement in the organ, and the placing of a tablet in the church recording the names of men who, connected with the church, made the supreme sacrifice the war. The Vicar (Rev. H. Every) presiding, hoped to be able to get minor faculty, which would cost much less than an ordinary one. He produced plans (submitted by Messrs. Vowles, of Bristol) showing the proposed improvement to the organ, in the form of the addition of a choir organ to the existing organ. Mr. C.H. Brannam moved, Mr. W.H. Tepper seconding, a resolution which was cordially adopted, that the Vicar and churchwardens be requested to apply for a faculty providing for the addition of a choir organ and the placing of a tablet on the south wall. Mr. Padmore favoured the west wall for the tablet, but the majority considered the south wall would be the better position. The Vicar mentioned that the idea was that only the names of those who had been connected with the church should be recorded on the tablet —firstly, those who had been officers in the church; and secondly, regular members of the congregation. There would be about a dozen names to be thus inscribed. As regarded funds, on the two Sundays following the armistice, the church collections were devoted to a special thanksgiving fund, and amounted to about £47, gifts received since bringing the amount to nearly £90. Messrs. Vowles' estimate of the cost of the choir organ was £215 10s. The churchwardens had agreed to devote certain sums in their hands towards the object in question, including £20 given by a former Vicar of the parish, £10 by a Miss Sanders who died some years ago, and £10 given under the will of the late Miss Dennis, information to this effect being contained in a letter he had received that morning. Altogether they had in hand a total of about £130, and with the cost of the tablet put down at £30, about £115 thus remained to be raised. A further resolution was adopted authorising the Vicar and churchwardens to issue a circular setting forth the details of the improvement scheme, and inviting further contributions towards the thanksgiving and memorial funds'.

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