I am delighted to report that ‘The Isle of Wedmore Remembers the First World War, 1914-1919’ has finally been published!
This 370 -page long softback book is based on research carried out in local and national archives, as well as photographs, artefacts and letters donated by the local community that made up the mainstay of the exhibition held in Wedmore Village Hall in November 2014 that marked the 100th Anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War. The book contains detailed biographies of the 58 local servicemen who died between 1914-1920, as well as a list of over 400 men who donned the uniform and served between 1914-19 in the British Army, Royal Navy, Royal Flying Corps as well as in various contingents from all over the British Empire. A substantial part of the book also looks at life on the Home Front, including the vital contribution made by local farmers in producing foodstuffs and the wide range of voluntary work carried out by the wider community in support of their menfolk serving overseas. A large number of newly discovered black and white photographs are included in the book, as well as various colour images of original documents, postcards and other memorabilia brought home by the local serviceman.
The book retails for £25 with ALL proceeds from its sale being donated to charity. All profits being used to find further commemorative events to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War and to ensure the long term maintenance of local war memorials on the Isle of Wedmore,
Postage and Packing will be at cost.
The book is currently available from Wedmore Post Office, the Art Gallery and direct from the author. Payment by cheque if possible is preferred made out to St Mary’s Church PCC
Dr Tim Moreman