St Michael’s Memorials

Revd Hardwick Rathbone

Revd Hardwick Rathbone

Revd C.R.Teape

Revd C.R.Teape

Dr Joseph May

Dr Joseph May

These memorials were all placed into the crypt of St Michael’s during the war, and were salvaged prior to demolition. Dr Joseph May had a long and illustrious life, and was a leading figure in Devonport at the end of the 19th century.

The story goes that Revd Teape was on his way to the service when he heard that his son had been killed at the front, but nonetheless carried on. The son’s name indeed appears on the WW1 roll of honour hung in the new church and details of the son’s death can be found at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. As for the father, notice of his death appeared in the London Gazette on 2 May 1919.

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