Teignmouth Ringers search for "missing" ringer
Thanks to Julia Brett for-
The Teignmouth Band of Ringers would like to share their experience of searching for lost ringers for the CCCBR Roll of Honour. The band were urged, by a retired vicar, to check that we had not missed a ringer, killed in The Great War. This resulted in Martin Dodd and myself ferreting through the dusty photos in a cupboard of the ringing chamber. Bingo! We were lucky enough to find an old photo of the East Teignmouth Band in 1906. Someone had thoughtfully pencilled underneath who was who. This, and an old peal board, furnished us with names which we could cross reference with casualties in the Chapel of Remembrance, and on the cenotaph in town. One name stood out. We did some research ourselves, which we submitted to the CCCBR. However, this was not necessary. If a tower goes on the CCCBR website they can email to flag up a possible lost ringer. A researcher will then get back to you, and guide you through the process. It was not difficult.
We were asked to send photos of our evidence, which for us consisted of a photo of the 1906 band, and our ringer's name in the Chapel of Remembrance and on the cenotaph. The CCCBR do their own research and make decisions based on that. On this occasion, we are pleased to report that our ringer has been accepted. It is not a difficult process but, what shocked us, was that the CCCBR researcher informed us that Devon has the most towers of all counties but only 11 ringers on the Roll of Honour. There must be many more to be found. Therefore, I would urge you to have a rummage in old cupboards, list names from old peal boards, and just check them against names on War Memorials........just in case.
Julia Brett, Tower Secretary, Teignmouth Band of Ringers
We think the number for Devon has actually increased considerably due to the work of David Willis of Braunton who is also a member of the CC workgroup responsible for the Rolls of Honour. Ringers owe a real debt of gratitude to the Steward of the Rolls of Honour, Alan Regin, who has worked tirelessly to research and add detail to the Rolls – now online at https://cccbr.org.uk/rolls-of-honour/