Residents in Devon who have family links to World War One are being invited to share the stories, memories and artefacts that link their family to the war. It’s part of a special anniversary being held to commemorate the beginning of World War 1.
A special service to mark this occasion will be held at Exeter Cathedral on Sunday 3 August. The service is open to everyone, but particularly welcome are Devon families with family links to the First World War. The service will begin at 4pm.
Those with links to the First World War wishing to reserve seats can email firstname.lastname@example.org with their stories.
The Lord-Lieutenant of Devon said “The First World War had a profound impact on the people of Devon and of the Nation. It is very important that we remember the enormous sacrifice made by so many from this county.”
Devon County Council has teamed up with a range of partner organisations, including the Royal British Legion, Exeter City Council, Torbay Council, 43 Wessex Brigade, University of Exeter, Devon Museums Group, Devon Arts in Schools Initiative, Trade Union groups and local history societies, to instigate, support and co-ordinate community projects across Devon commemorating the centenary of the First World War.
The aim of the Devon Remembers project is to recognise and pay tribute to the sacrifice and contribution that the people of Devon made during and after the First World War.
It also aims to bring communities together to discover stories about their past and forge new relationships for the future. As part of this, the Council is keen to capture stories, memories, photographs, research and events data on this website.
Sian Hester – Devon Newscentre – Devon County Council