Leonard Cooke’s tour of duty

March 27, 201711:05 amMarch 27, 2017 11:08 am

It has often been remarked that many young men joined up seeking adventure as an escape from dull lives in crowded homes and the endless drudgery of many jobs, including those in agriculture. This certainly applied to Len Cooke of Grange Farm, Bicton. Len packed his bags and left the family farm at the age of […]

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VC Metal

March 27, 20179:40 amMarch 27, 2017 10:32 am

Members of the WWI consortium group were treated to a rare view of the lump of metal used to make Victoria Cross medals. The metal is taken from the cascabels of two Russian cannons which were captured at Sevastopol during the Crimean War. Every Victoria Cross awarded since 1856 has been cut from this metal. The […]

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The Refugee Express

March 13, 201711:27 amMarch 13, 2017 3:05 pm

‘Black is typical of the terrible days through which our country is passing, and the depth of sorrow into which we have been plunged; red, is the blood that has been shed; but golden is the kindness of the British people, and never can the Belgians forget the generosity and warmth of their reception’.  Belgian […]

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A Family in Wartime

March 6, 201712:16 pmMarch 6, 2017 12:18 pm

While some families lost sons and husbands, as listed on many war memorials, many more were nevertheless affected in numerous other ways. The Davies Family, who came to the Isle estate in Bicton shortly before the war, illustrated this very well: In a way typical of many agricultural workers, their life involved many moves from […]

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