Ivybridge Bookmarks Project Commemorates fallen Servicemen

Ivybridge Library, working with local schools, the Ivybridge Writing Group and the Ivybridge Branch of the Royal British Legion, have produced a suite of 44 bookmarks to commemorate the 44 fallen servicemen of Ivybridge.

Ivybridge in 1914 would have been a moderate sized, mainly rural, close community. With their 44 fallen men in World War 1, everyone would have known someone, either a family member or a neighbour affected by a loss.

Poetry can be very evocative and coming from children, it is particularly poignant, so the library asked local schools to submit work from their pupils. Members of Ivybridge Writers Group selected the 44 verses, which represent a range of stunning work from some very young children.Ivybridge bookmarks 1

This meant we were able to create one unique bookmark per fallen serviceman, comprising one of the children’s verses and the name of a serviceman. The names of the servicemen were provided by the Ivybridge Branch of the Royal British Legion.

Another young pupil from was invited to create a design for the reverse of the bookmarks. She came up with a stunning and evocative design which is very moving.

3,000 bookmarks have been produced. Some of them have been distributed to all local schoolchildren by the Royal British Legion, some are available in Ivybridge Library and others are to be handed out at future World War One events.

Ivybridge bookmarks 2The bookmarks are currently on display in Ivybridge Library, along with a visual presentation commemorating the 44 fallen servicemen, that has been compiled by the Ivybridge Branch of the Royal British Legion. This presentation gives details of each serviceman and the location of their grave.

This project was the brainchild of the Ivybridge Writers Group and was funded by a locality grant from Devon County Councillor Roger Croad.

Lynn West, Library Supervisor, Ivybridge Library

01752 893140, lynn.west@devon.gov.uk