On this day in 1917, Pte James Bristow (1892-1917) was killed in the Third Battle of Ypres in the Great War.
James was a private in the 9th (Service) Battalion of the Devonshire Regiment when he lost his life on October 4, 1917 in the area of Hooge Crater, near Ypres. He was 25.
He was reported as ‘missing’ in a roll of honour published in The Western Times on November 26, 1917.
His body was never found.
James, who first went to France on July 27, 1915, is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial in Belgium.
He is also remembered on the war memorial at the Holy Cross Church in Cruwys Morchard and on a mural tablet at the Congregational Church in Nomansland.
James is one of two old scholars of the Sunday school in Nomansland named on the Congregational Church memorial.
Born in 1892 in Cruwys Morchard, James was the son of James Bristow (1859- 1922) and Emma Gibbons (1858-1905).
James was the brother of Ethel Bristow (1886-1967), who married John Burnett (1878-1954) in the South Molton district in 1906. John was the son of George Burnett (1826-1910) and Amelia Arscott (1836-1908). Amelia was the daughter of John Arscott (1807-1879), my great-great grandfather.
How James is remembered on the war memorial at the Holy Cross Church in Cruwys Morchard.