This picture is of John Mortimore and Ivy Edwards on their marriage on 27th December 1920, in the Congregational Chapel, Newton Abbot, with his address being Mill Cottage, Manaton.
He was born at Neadon, Manaton on 28 April 1891. He was the youngest of his mothers 4 children, Susan nee Neck, married to George Mortimore (1865-1936). In the 1901 census when 10 he was living at East Mill, Manaton.
On 9th January 1915 he enlisted in the Coldstream guard "for the duration" with his address being Gratnar, Manaton and his mothers Deal Cottage Manaton. He was posted to France in November 1915, survived through the early war, including the Somme, but was severly wounded on the 19th June 1917. Sent home he was hospitilised and returned to France on 1st April 1918, for the last few desperate months of the war, being discharged on 22nd April 1919.
By 1920 he had moved to Coffinswell, where his daughter Barbara was born. Later he farmed Widdicombe Farm, now a caraven site on the Paignton ring road. He loved horses, ploughed with horses and used horses for haulage. He never learned to drive a tractor.
He retired to Chipley Cottages, Bickington where he died on 30th October 1973, aged 82. Ivy died 16th March 1978 aged 76.
Updated on May 17, 2018
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