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Henry Weston Devenish

Lived at Hillfield, wife of Bertha Devenish.

Baptised 21st January 1859, son of Henry Devenish (a brewer) and Amelia.

B.A. Exeter Coll., Oxon, a student of Lincoln’s Inn 20 Jan., 1879 (then aged 20), called to the bar 7 May, 1884 (only son of Henry Devenish, Esq., of Whitchurch, Hants); born , 1859.

He married Bertha Bidder on 13th October, 1888. In the 1891 census they were living in Whitchurch, Hampshire.

In the 1901 and 1911 censuses, they are at Hillfield, Mitcham.

In the 1910 telephone book, he is listed with the number Mitcham 845.

George Weston Devenish

Lived at Hillfield, son of Bertha and Henry Weston Devenish.

Born 25th July 1893, died on 6th June 1917 aged 23.

Educated at Charterhouse.

From the Commonwealth War Graves Commission:
Rank: Lieutenant
Date of Death: 06/06/1917
Regiment/Service: Royal Flying Corps 35th Sqdn. and Royal Field Artillery
Panel Reference:
Memorial: ARRAS FLYING SERVICES MEMORIAL

His letters home are held by the Imperial War Museum, and were donated by his mother. Published as a book, the Internet Archive have a copy of this book, which can be downloaded as a PDF.

His will:

DEVENISH George Weston of Hillfield Mitcham Surrey
lieutenant H.M. Army died 6 June 1917 at Le Catelet (Somme) France
Administration London 31 October to Henry Weston Devenish barrister-at-law.
Effects £1194 9s. 9d.

Adjusted for inflation, this is around £156,000 in 2016 values.

His Royal Aero Club Aviator’s Certificate read:

DEVENISH, George Weston,
Hillfield, Mitcham, Surrey.

Born 25th July 1893 at Mitcham, Surrey
Nationality British
Rank, Regiment or Profession Lieut. R.F.A.,
Certificate taken on Maurice Farman Biplane
At Military School, Brooklands.
Date 26th September 1916
Killed in action 6th June 1917

For more, see the entry in Carved in Stone.