1914-2014, Orcheston poppies

Remembering those who died in the First World War

Orcheston has two war memorials from the First World War, in the two churches…Orcheston, war WW1 memorial plaque in St George's

St George’s

Orcheston, war memorial plaque

St Mary’s

At the end of this commemorative page is a table showing the names of those who are commemorated, or lived in, or are buried in the two Orcheston parishes. If anyone has more details of their stories, photos, maps, further names or wishes to make a correction then please contact the editor of this website.

The Orcheston and Elston poppies of 2014

In spring 2014 two separate memorials of poppies were planted, one in Orcheston, the other in Elston. Two quite different ideas, but both with the intention of honouring the fallen of the 1914-1918 war on the centenary of its start.

Orcheston’s poppy clumps

Orcheston, war poppies Orcheston clump

In the village the idea of planting clumps of poppies was conceived and carried out between Richard Ceasar and Brian Wright. One clump was planted at the entrance of the pathway to St George’s church, and another on the triangle of grass on the bend by the village telephone box.

Elston’s poppy field

Orcheston, war poppies Elston field

To remember the start of the First World War Peter and Gill Wallis arranged for a rough rectangle to be cut and ploughed in the grass triangle at the junction of Elston Hill Lane and Elston Lane, sowing poppies in the rectangle. They want to thank George Smith for his kind permission to use the land and Derek Newlands for generously rotavating it.

Peter made two simple wooden crosses to commemorate two relatives who lost their lives in the war…

Orcheston, war poppies crosses from Peter Wallis 2014f22

Clifford Edward Wallis was Peter Wallis’s uncle, the eldest son of his grandfather. He was born in Bishopsteignton Devon (as was Peter), and killed at Villers Bretonneux on the Somme in France on 25 April 1918 aged 22. He was in the 2nd Battalion, Devonshire Regiment. A book of all his letters home from the day he enlisted to just before he died is still in the possession of the family. He has no known grave but his name is listed on the Pozieres Memorial in France. There is also a letter written by a comrade who was with him when he died. He was initially buried with six Australians but the front moved to and fro over the site and the grave was lost.

Jesse Eugene Wallis was Peter’s father’s cousin and came from Peterborough. He served in the 1st/14th London Regiment (London Scottish) and was killed on 28 March 1917 by shell fire some way behind the


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