Monday, 20 June 2016

I admit defeat!


Budleigh Salterton War Memorial

Well, I’ve stuck out WW1 for almost half of its grim catalogue of senseless slaughter. But as the centenary of 1 July 1916 approaches, with its list of eight men from the Lower Otter Valley who lost their lives on that one day alone, I simply cannot go on.  

As readers of The Great War at Fairlynch have seen, I had originally intended to mark the centenary of each of the 168 casualties linked to the area with a commemorative post on the above website.

In most cases an account of their lives has already been published on excellent sites like the one at  in which researchers from Fairlynch have already been involved.  Inevitably there were extra details which I wanted to explore, or photos that I felt could add to the picture.

But there are limits!

The two-year Great War at Fairlynch exhibition ended at the Museum in 2015. Inevitably, with the centenary of the November 1918 Armistice, there may be thoughts of what theme a future and final WW1 display might take. 

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