Away From the Western Front – Thomas Cork’s story

We have come across many stories of local men who fought in the First World War, putting a human face to the events which still have an imapct on our lives today. One of those stories is that of Thomas Edward Cork of Appledore and his older brother William. Born on the 21st November 1894, …

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Armistice – How The News Was Received

When the Armistice was signed 100 years ago today, many took to the streets in celebration. This article was written by one of the North Devon Herald's journalists and describes the scenes in Barnstaple on that memorable day. "PEACE HAS BROKEN OUT!"I was in the midst of a shorthand transcript in the reporters' sanctum of …

Women in World War One – Women’s War Work and the Women’s Forestry Corps.

It is well known the contribution women made as nurses during the First World War with examples in literature such as Testament of Youth written by Vera Brittain about her experiences as a VAD nurse but this was an occupation traditionally undertaken by women. Half a million single men had volunteered in the first two …

Women in World War One – The Social Standing of Women before the War

When looking through topics to research in relation to 1917 I came across the statement about the Women’s Forestry Corp. “in Devonshire, last year, a whole camp of foresters was completely flooded out” [Land and Water Extra “Women in the War Edition” April 1919 on http://www.scarletfinders.co.uk Searching local newspapers for reference of this I found …

Welcome to 2017

With a new year come new challenges and changes for the North Devon Athenaeum. Last year the way we work with the North Devon Record Office changed as did the public area we share with them. This year will hopefully see some exciting changes behind the scenes. We will be closed in early February to …