Some Men of Galmpton who Returned (1918)

Jeffrey Mitchel Oldrieve of Galmpton Farm

Born 1872 – married Alice Prowse 1905 – died 1944.

Enlisted in the 1st DEVON ROYAL YEOMANRY on 28th November 1890 at Totnes. The Yeomanry were Territorial mounted cavalry.

He gained the rank of Squadron Quartermaster Sergeant.

His engagement was terminated on 9th April 1916 when he returned to Galmpton and his farming life.

Stanley Hall – Royal Field Artillery (aged 18, 1914)

Ralph Hall – Royal Field Artillery (aged 20, 1914)

The Hall family lived at Rock Villa, overlooking Galmpton Creek, today Cliff Cottage. Ralph & Stanley’s parents were William, aged 56 (1911 census) & Sarah, aged 57.  The two boys had an elder sister Annie. Ralph was apprenticed to a furniture maker. Stanley was apprenticed to a boat builder.

Lance Cpl. Fredrick John Teale

Born 1894 in Yorkshire, Fredrick went out to Australia in 1911 where he trained as a mechanic, having served a 5 year apprenticeship back in England as a plumber. In 1916, as a member of the Australian Forces, he returned to England, landing at Plymouth, en-route to France. His Unit was the 6th Australian Tunnelling Company – Regimental No. 4492, responsible for mining below the German trenches. He participated in the epic mining of Hill 60 on the French/Belgian Border. Massive explosions were set off in June 1917 to initiate the offensive of Messines. He was wounded in action on 28th September 1917 but returned to active duty by Christmas. Having reached the rank of Lance Corporal, he was discharged on 7th September 1919.

Frederick remained in England after the war and went to sea in the coastal trade. In the early 1920’s, whilst working on the beach at Dittisham he met a local girl, Phyllis Coombes, who he eventually married in 1929. He took work on the river in sand dredging based at Totnes then in 1937 went to work for Langmeads of Galmpton on the sand dredger ‘Effort 1’. Frederick & Phyllis had four children, Don, John, Michael & Josephine. In 1969 Frederick returned to Australia in the footsteps of some of his family. Michael, with his wife Rose, remains as very much a member of the Galmpton community.