MDE12826 - Maclaren memorial stone on Hoccombe Hill (Monument)


A memorial stone commemorating the death of Colonel Maclaren of the Royal Engineers in 1941 stands near the summit of Hoccombe Hill. It is in the form of a granite pillar on a square concrete base with the inscription on a plaque.

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Colonel R.H. MacLaren threw himself onto an explosive device that went wrong, which was being demonstrated to Government officials and fellow officers. He was killed instantly, but no one else was hurt. A memorial stone was erected on the spot, with an inscription reading: "In memory of Colonel R.H. Maclaren, O.B.E. M.C. Commander C.W. Troops Royal Engineers, who was killed on duty on this spot May 20th 1941. This stone was erected by his brother officers". [1] Centred at SS 76708 43790, close to the summit of Hoccombe Hill is a memorial stone. It comprises a granite pillar on a square concrete base, with a plaque in memory of Colonel R.H. MacLaren. [2] 'Memorial Stone' is marked on the 1962 Ordnance Survey map. [3] Colnel RH MacLaren was commander of the Chemical Weapons troops of the Royal Engineers. He died during demonstration of the prototype 5 inch rocket. [4] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [6] The stone is depicted and labelled on the 2021 MasterMap data. [7]

Sources/Archives (7)

  • <1> Monograph: Burton, R.A.. 1989. The Heritage of Exmoor. Roger A. Burton. P.225.
  • <2> Unpublished document: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. Field Investigators Comment. Wilson-North, R. 26/04/1994.
  • <3> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1962. 6 Inch Map: 1962. 1:10560.
  • <4> Leaflet: 2013. Badgworthy, Exmoor: Exmoor moorland archaeology walks series. Exmoor National Park Authority.
  • <5> Article in serial: McLaughlin, R.T.P. 2010. The Royal Engineers' five-inch rocket and Colonel Maclaren's untold legacy. The Royal Engineers Journal. 124. 1. 10-14.
  • <6> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 1042756, Extant 16 June 2021.
  • <7>XY Map: Ordnance Survey. 2021. MasterMap data. 1:2,500. [Mapped feature: #37768 ]

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Other Statuses/References

  • Devon SMR Monument ID: 31538
  • Devon SMR: SS74SE/46
  • Local List Status (Candidate)
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 74 SE148
  • National Park
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 1042756



Grid reference SS 7670 4378 (point) Estimated from sources
Map sheet SS74SE

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Jun 16 2021 2:43PM


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