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‘They Dream of Home’ – The Culm Valley at War 1913 – 1919

22 August 2014 - 25 August 2014

For the last 6 months a number of people from the valley have been researching the family and service life of those young people who at the start of the last century served in the Great War, and of whom 67 made the ultimate sacrifice. In addition to the 67 Culm Valley War Dead, we also have information on 99 names from the Roll of Honour maintained by the church and some 60 articles and stories written about their young lives, many by members of their family. All this information will be included in a book to be published this summer, to coincide with the centenary of the start of the conflict.

The information accumulated presents quite a surprising amount of historical background, describing what life was like then and what these young people from this valley had to face in Europe, the Middle East and India. A large number of photographs and letters have been made available to the group for copying and inclusion in the book entitled
‘The Upper Culm Valley before, during and after The Great War’

There will be exhibitions in the three Upper Culm Valley parishes enabling people to see information that could not be included in the book and also memorabilia from the Great War. Refreshments will be available.

These events are:

  • Culmstock           Friday 22nd August          7 – 9pm
  • Hemyock             Saturday 23rd August      2 – 5pm
  • Clayhidon            Saturday 23rd August      2 – 5pm
                                 Sunday 24th August         2 – 5pm
                                 Monday 25th August        2 – 5pm





22 August 2014
25 August 2014


Hemyock History and Archiving Association (Michael Cooper)


Culmstock, Hemyock and Clayhidon