Not Forgotten – Kenton’s plans to commemorate their fallen

Kenton Past and Present Society is mounting an exhibition to coincide with the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. It commemorates the twenty soldiersJohn Henry Beer and sailors of Kenton who lost their lives as a result of the conflict. The display includes personal histories and outlines of the campaigns in which the men served, as well as photographs and related memorabilia, providing a fascinating insight into the little-known local lives sacrificed in the Allied Cause.

The exhibition forms the first output in a longer-term commemorative project, to be carried out over the next four years, which will examine the effects of WWI on the village home front and in particular on the lives of those returning from battle and their families.  photograph: John Henry Beer

Ann Bond, Chair of the Society said: “Putting on this exhibition is a real community effort, with individual researchers each investigating the life of one of the casualties and writing up their findings. The research team spans all age groups from teenagers to seventy-somethings. We would now love to share the results of our work with the rest of the community in Kenton and with members of the kenton war memorialpublic in general.”

The exhibition will be open daily in All Saints’ Parish Church, Kenton from Saturday 2 August until Tuesday 5 August from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (12 noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday 3 August). There will be a short opening ceremony in the church at 10.30 a.m. on Saturday 2 August. Themed floral displays and tributes in the church, organized by All Saints’ Church Flower Committee, can be viewed throughout the exhibition period.

photograph: unveiling of the Kenton War Memorial, on 13 March 1920

The ‘Not Forgotten’ project is part of the wider ‘Devon Remembers’ Project of Devon County Council and is part-funded through Cllr. Alan Connett’s community fund, Kenton Parish Council and individual researchers.

For further information, please contact Ann Bond on 01626 890736 or email kpp@kentondevon.org.uk

Photographs reproduced with kind permission of Kenton Past and Present Society