The Penruddocke family had been at Compton Park since Elizabethan times. The first to be commemorated in St Michael’s Church was Edward Penruddocke in August 1598.
The First World War was disastrous for the Penruddocke family and their story typifies that of many families, no matter how rich or poor. Charles Penruddocke and his wife Annie saw three sons go to war – but only one returned.
Charles Penruddocke MC was born on 16th January, 1893. Served with the 7th Battalion, Wiltshire Regiment and was killed in action on 4th October, 1918, aged 25 years. He is buried in Plot I. J. 22 of the Templeux-Le-Guerard British Cemetery, France.
George Penruddocke MC was born on 31st July, 1894. Served with the 1st Battalion, Wiltshire Regiment and was honourably discharged due to wounds on 5th January 1918. He committed suicide on 20th October 1946. The coroner returned a verdict that deceased took his own life while the balance of his mind was temporarily disturbed owing to his physical condition and lack of sleep.
Thomas Penruddocke was born on 2nd September, 1897. Served with the 8th Battalion, Wiltshire Regiment and was killed in action on 25th April, 1917, aged 19 years. He is remembered on the Doiran Memorial in Greece and has no known grave.