Join us for the next part of Devoran 100, remembering the local men who served during World War 1 one hundred years ago, as World War 1 came to an end.
I will be updating the display from 2014 about each casualty with what we have unearthed or researched about them since then.
Every Remembrance Sunday the local casualty names are read out at the War Memorial.
How else has Devoran marked the contribution of the area in World War 1 during the 1914-1919 Centenary?
In 2014 the fabulous Devoran Village Hall team organised the Poppies coffee morning to mark the outbreak of WW1 100 years on.
Shortly after this the Devoran Parish Roll of Honour left for restoration, thanks to a Heritage Lottery Fund Grant.
In 2014 two new WW1 names – P. Sweet and W.J. Hoyle – were added to the Devoran War Memorial after research by Bob Richards.
At the Devoran Centenary Railway Festival in 2015, the WW1 Roll of Honour returned, looking as good as new, with the exciting discovery of a lost early draft section hidden behind the familiar frontispiece.
On 1st July 2016 Bob Richards, Ann Cunningham and I told some of the stories behind the 1914 – 1916 casualties and the “Names on The Roll”.
In 2018, on the 100th anniversary of the Armistice, the Devoran Village Hall is hosting a tea and coffee event with the chance to view an update of the Devoran War Memorial Project display from 2014 and 2016.
We hope to see you there.
Bob, Ann and I hope in autumn 2019 – after five years of researching the names on the Roll and the War Memorial – to do the final talk about Devoran men of WW1 and their families. This will update the story from 1916 to 1919, and be scheduled for round about the time that the War Memorial recreation ground was dedicated and the War Memorial built in Devoran. Dates tbc.
On the 100th anniversary date of each identified casualty on the WW1 Devoran War Memorial, I have posted an update on this blog of what we know about that man and his death in WW1.
We marked or will mark the 70th, 75th and 80th anniversary of the WW2 names from Devoran as well. We may do a future talk on the thankfully fewer WW2 names after 2019.
Sadly these posts do not come to an end with the Armistice Centenary but extend out into 1919/2019 as the final casulaties died of wounds many months after the Armistice.
The mental and physical scars were born by the surviving men and the families of Devoran for many years afterwards.
100 years on, Devoran remembers.
Blogposted by Mark Norris, Devoran War Memorial Project, September 2018.