The Devonshire Regimental cap badge
Harold Riggs was the fourth man from Colaton Raleigh to die in the Great War. All four were members of the Devonshire Regiment.
His brother, Herbert George Riggs, had died of his wounds in November 1914. He is buried at Aubers Ridge British Cemetery, near Bethune in Northern France, and is remembered on this blog at http://fairlynchgreatwar.blogspot.co.uk/2014/10/the-race-for-sea10-oct-kia-17-september.html
Pont du Hem Military Cemetery
Image credit: Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Harold, from the 9th (Service) Battalion of the Devonshire Regiment was killed in action on 28 August 1915 and is buried a short distance away in the Pont du Hem Military Cemetery at La Gorgue in the Nord-Pas-de-
A Devonshire Regiment list for the 1914-18 war gives his birthplace as Ottery St Mary. Both Herbert George and Harold Hugh are remembered on the brass memorial in the village church of St John the Baptist.
The 9th Battalion of the Devonshire Regiment, formed at Exeter on 15 September 1914, had landed in France at Le Havre on 28 July, a month earlier. Its greatest trial would come in September 1915 with the Battle of Loos, when it lost 476 men.
‘The Great War at Fairlynch’ 2015 exhibition at Budleigh Salterton’s very special museum! Reviews included: “Wonderful display on WW1, informative, bright and relevant. Well done!!