Do you recognise Great War heroes?

Bid to find families of Woolsery men pictured after returning home from the First World War.

A North Devon artist is trying to unravel the mysteries of a faded 90-year-old photograph of a group of local men freshly returned from the battlefields of the First World War.

The large A3-sized sepia picture was discovered at a house in Wrinkleberry, Higher Clovelly and was taken at Woolsery, showing 39 men posing for the camera on “Welcome Home Day” of August 15, 1919.

The framed picture was given to artist Jessica Pearson by a neighbour for the glass it contained. She was intrigued and would like to see it reunited with the family of the man it was presented to, or at the least another local family whose relative is in the picture.

All of the men pictured, some still with uniforms worn through the Great War, are all presumed to be from Woolsery or the surrounding area.


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An inscription on the back states: “Mr Albert Perkins. Presented by the committee representing the parishioners of Woolsery, in grateful remembrance of service rendered and the empire winning the war with Germany 1914-1919. Welcome Home Day 15th August, 1919.” The photographer was a Mr Peard.

It is assumed the “extra year” added to the length of the war is because many of the men were not demobbed or sent home for several months until after the conflict had ended.

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If anyone is related to Albert Perkins or recognises any of the others in the picture, contact Jessica Pearson on 07817 107987.

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