Not Forgotten at Barnstaple museum

Not Forgotten: Barnstaple Museum assistant Melanie Terrell with a sketchbook created by wounded soldiers who were transferred to the town hospital. Not Forgotten: Barnstaple Museum assistant Melanie Terrell with a sketchbook created by wounded soldiers who were transferred to the town hospital.

Thursday, May 22, 2014
12:08 PM

First World War exhibition of memories and memorabilia is extended to run into July.

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AN exhibition commemorating the heroism and sacrifice of Barnstaple people during the First World War is to be open for another month.

Not Forgotten at the Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon contains a fascinating array of memorabilia, artefacts and memories from the first year of the war in 1914.

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The museum is the only publicly owned military museum in Devon and the exhibition features items from its collection plus a variety of interesting exhibits loaned by the public.

These include a sketchbook created by wounded soldiers sent to the North Devon Infirmary, thanking the matron and staff for the care they received.

Not Forgotten focuses mainly on the stories of individual soldiers, including Leonard Baker – whose family became part of the Rawle, Gammon and Baker company.

Leonard’s diary is in the collection and tells how he sailed to India with the Devonshire Regiment, never to return. He fell ill and died in November 1916 on a convalescent ship heading home.

Visitors can also browse historian Brian Barrow’s ‘Soldiers of the Great War’ project which contains a wealth of information on those who went to war.

The collection also features the recently discovered war diary of Herbert Algar from Plymouth, which hit the headlines recently. Kit has been loaned by his son Eddie and includes all kind s of details about life in the Royal Devon Yeomanry.

Museum assistant Mel Terrell said they had seen a great response from people loaning items: “It is the public that has helped make this exhibition.

“There will be four, one for each year of the war, with as new one every year. We would still love to hear from anyone with any war memorabilia we could borrow or copy – please do drop in our call us on 01271 346747.”

The exhibition is also part of the Devon Remembers Project as well as the First World War Centenary Partnership led by the Imperial War Museum.

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