War unfolding day by day at Devizes museum

Devizes war memorial with a themed floral display.

Devizes war memorial with a themed floral display.

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Day by day press coverage of World War One is on display at Wiltshire Museum, Devizes.

Twenty albums of national newspaper cuttings, mainly from The Times, were compiled by Dr John Leech, the father of former Gazette reporter John Leech.

Cuttings from the Gazette & Herald are also on display, which includes a report on August 28 of a roll of honour of all the men who joined up for the war from the Devizes area.

Museum director David Dawson said: “What is really humbling is to see the everyday story and local story of World War One.

“Reading the Gazette brings it home to you the contribution the town made and the sacrifice that was to come. You are so aware that they were on the brink of just so much tragedy.”

The museum, in Long Street, will have a World War One exhibition starting on September 19 – to tie in with the death of the first soldier from Devizes – until the end of the year.

A new war memorial garden in Easterton was dedicated on Sunday to mark the centenary of World War One. A candle was lit for each one of the 24 servicemen from the parish of Easterton who died in the First and Second World Wars and in other conflicts.

The garden, a simple gravel oval, planted with rosemary for remembrance, was inspired and funded by the Cubs of Market Lavington and Easterton.

It will be the focus for the village when residents gather in the churchyard at the end of the Remembrance Day Service each November.

Sunday evening ended with a supper in the village hall and words written by those who lived through the First World War were read and music was played.

On Monday evening the bells at St James’ Church, Devizes, were rung half muffled as a mark of remembrance.

Devizes War Memorial has a special floral display depicting World War One.

The years 1914 and 1918 feature in the floral displays either side of the war memorial in Long Street.

The war memorial, maintained by Devizes town and Roundway parish councils, will be centre of a commemoration event on Sunday August 24.

The names of the 189 men from the area on the memorial and who lost their lives in World War One will be read out and crosses will be planted.

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