Beyond the Trench Exhibition

Supporting the Modbury Remembers initiative of remembering those from Modbury who fell in both World Wars, Beyond the Trench is an art exhibition of works inspired by the impact of the First World War. The exhibition is being held from 20th – 27th October 2018 – 10:00am to 5:00pm in St. George’s Church, Modbury The exhibition will also include a Lost …

Devon at War

As a rural county, Devon was prime farming land with around 11,000 farmers and 21,000 labourers working on mainly family-run farms with less than 100 acres.  Other rural occupations were popular as reflected in the 1911 census, which shows that Devon had 4,183, Carpenters, 1,806 Blacksmiths and Forge Workers, 335 Saddlers and Harness-makers, and 737 Wheel-wrights; skills that have faded …

Life at the Front

The image of a soldier in a muddy trench is what many people visualise when they think of the First World War. However, most soldiers would only spend an average of four days at a time in a front line trench. Life in the front line always carried an element of danger. In active sectors, both sides would engage in …

Modbury in the 1900’s

Kelly’s Directory in 1914 described Modbury as ‘a small but important market town and large parish. Built on the slopes of a rivulet which runs into the river Erme, the town consists of four streets, intersecting at right angles; it is 5 miles south-east from Ivybridge station on the South Devon section of the Great Western railway, 5 miles east …

Faith in War

‘There are no atheists on the front line’  is an often-heard phrase and anyone who has served on operations will know that, in time of test and trial, you instinctively turn to someone or something to fortify your courage and do what is morally right.  However, contrary to the adage, there were many in the First World Warwho questioned where was …