An article in the Express & Star 20 October 1917 told of a ceremony at Chillington Tool Works honouring employees of the company who were serving in the war. The men all received a gold watch as a token of appreciation by their former workmates “of the part they have played in the war”. The men concerned were:
- Staff-sergeant-instructor C. J. Russell, M.M.
- Sapper Clements, D.C.M.
- Lance-corporal H. Belfield, M.M.
- Private H. Foundling, M.M.
- Private Summerhill
This is the only information provided about the men concerned, and I have not been able to find much further information about any of them. I have only found the D.C.M. citation for a Sapper A. Clements, of the 77th Field Company, Royal Engineers (number 43079), which appeared in the London Gazette on 30 March 1916:
For conspicuous gallantry, notably on one occasion, when he accompanied a bombing party of an infantry battalion. When all the bombing party were killed, he held up the enemy with bombs until a ‘stop’ had been made.
I have also confirmed his first name as “Albert” from his medal card. If anybody is able to provide any further information on any of these men, we would love to hear it!