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A very brief history 23


1914 In the First World War, many hundreds of men from the town served their country. The names of over 200 who died are commemorated on the town’s memorials, or were announced in the columns of the Dartmouth Chronicle. Theodore Veale, born in the town, who joined the Devon- shire Regiment at the start of the war, won the VC. He is commemorated in the Royal Avenue Gardens, alongside the town’s War Memorial.


1939 In the Second World War, the town itself was a target. In Septem- ber 1942 the Naval College, Philip’s shipyard at Noss, and two coaling ships in the river were bombed, causing 25 deaths; in Feb- ruary 1943, the centre of the town was hit, causing 15 deaths. The Free French Naval Force and the Royal Navy’s 15th Motor Gunboat Flotilla were based in Kingswear. From December 1943, US Forces took over the Royal Naval College. As the build-up began to D-Day, the town and river filled up with men, equipment, landing craft and other shipping. On 3rd June 1944, 485 ships and landing craft left Dartmouth to join the invasion force.


Information supplied by the Dartmouth History Research Group - see www.dartmouth-history.org. uk/dartmouth/. For more information about Dartmouth’s history go to www.bythedart.co.uk/ about-dartmouth/local-history


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