Obituary notices: H.W. Sole

Trans. Devon. Assoc., 1883, Vol XV, p.58.


Rev. W. Harpley

Prepared by Michael Steer

H.W. Sole’s father, W.D. Sole, Esq. Solicitor is recorded as a subscriber for two copies of Henry Incledon John’s, Poems addressed by a father to his children (1832,Devonport, W.Buyers) - available as a free download from Google Books.  Major Sole’s militia regiment was formed in August 1759 as the Lord Downe's 1st West York Militia. It was first formed at Leeds where it remained during its entire duration. In 1763 at the start of the American War of Independence the entire militia went through many changes of order in precedence.  The article, from a copy of a rare and much sought-after journal can be downloaded from the Internet Archive. Google has sponsored the digitisation of books from several libraries. These books, on which copyright has expired, are available for free educational and research use, both as individual books and as full collections to aid researchers.

H. W. Sole was born at Devonport in 1802. On leaving school he was articled to his father, who practised at Devonport as a solicitor. On the completion of his term he went to London, and soon acquired a large and lucrative practice, from which he retired when about forty years of age. He served as major in the West York Militia, and in 1868 settled at Torquay.

Major Sole joined the Association in 1873, and at once qualified as a life member. He served as a member of the Torquay Local Board of Health during 1873 and the two following years. He died at his residence, Hareston, Torquay, on June 9th, 1883, aged 81 years.