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Memorial details

Memorial type
Board / Plaque / Tablet
District
West Devon
Town
Lydford
County
Devon
Country
England
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918)
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
2928
Current location

On side of the black rock on west bank of river Lydd. Halfway between halfway between Lydford and Widgery Cross on open moorland (High Down)
Lydford
West Devon
Devon
England

OS Grid Ref: SX 533 853
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
Nowy-headed metal plaque attached to rock above wooden seat. Embossed lettering. Badge of Royal Engineers embossed within Nowy head. Two sprays of 'mares tails' embossed in bottom right and left hand corners.
Inscription
IN LOVING MEMORY OF / CAPTAIN NIGEL DUNCAN RATCLIFFE HUNTER, M.C. (AND BAR)/ ROYAL ENGINEERS/ WHO WAS KILLED IN ACTION AT BIEFVILLERS,/ NEAR BAPAUME ON MARCH 25TH 1918, AGED 23 YEARS./ HE LOVED THE MOORS OF DEVON, AND ON HIS LAST VISIT/ TO LYDFORD, HE WROTE THE FOLLOWING LINES:-/ ARE WE NOT LIKE THIS MOORLAND STREAM/ SPRINGING NONE KNOWS WHERE FROM,/ TINKLING, BURBLING, FLASHING AGLEAM/ BACK AT THE SUN; ERE LONG/ GLOOMY AND DULL, UNDER A CLOUD,/ THEN RUSHING ONWARDS AGAIN:/ DASHING AT ROCKS WITH ANGER LOUD,/ ROARING AND FOAMING IN VAIN?/ WANDERING THUS FOR MANY A MILE/ TWISTING AND TURNING AWAY FOR A WHILE/ THEN OF A SUDDEN 'TIS OVER THE FALL/ AND THE DARK STILL POOL IS THE END OF ALL./ "IS IT" I THOUGHT AS I TURNED AWAY/ AND I TURNED AGAIN TO THE SILENT MOOR./ "IS IT?" I SAID, AND MY HEART SAID "NAY!"/ AS I GAZED AT THE CROSS ON WIDGERY TOR.
Inscription legible?
yes
Names on memorial
Hunter, Nigel Duncan Ratcliffe
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Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 1
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 1
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname,rank,year died,regiment,place of death,forename,manner of death,age of death,additional,decorations
    Order of information: Undefined
Components
  • Plaque
    Measurements: height 480mm, width 620mm
    Materials: Cast Iron
  • Seat
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Wood
Listing information
Condition
Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Reference
  • The Kings England Series by Mee, Arthur Devonshire (1938) p.262 Quotes Capt Hunter's poem.

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