The exhibition continued to pay tribute to the victims of World War One who had links to the Lower Otter Valley. On 6 February, 1915, Petty Officer 1st Class Alfred John Farrant was recorded as having drowned in an accident at sea. He has no known grave, but is listed on East Budleigh’s village memorial and in the parish church of All Saints. He is also remembered on the Plymouth Naval Memorial. Petty Officer Farrant was 37 years old and left a widow, Gertrude.
‘The Great War at Fairlynch’ was so successful that it was decided to extend it for a second year.
Royal Navy warships and their crews suffered significant losses during the Gallipoli campaign. HMS Inflexible, HMS Irresistible and HMS Ocean were all mined and sunk in one day on 18 March 1915. One Gallipoli casualty was Seaman Thomas Troake, who died on 28 April 1915 while serving on HMS Canopus, pictured here. He was identified on the www.devonremembers.co.uk website as having been born in Budleigh Salterton in 1889. He left a widow, Ethel, of Charles Street, Exmouth.
Notable tragedies of 1915 involving casualties from the area included 25 September when four local men from the 8th Battalion, Devonshire Regiment were killed in action: they were Private Samuel Keen, Private Arthur Palmer, Private Charles Stuart and Private William Henry West.
What they said about ‘The Great War at Fairlynch’:
‘Very well displayed and informative. Thank you.’
The Backhouse family, Totnes, Devon
‘The Great War at Fairlynch’ was supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Imperial War Museum and Clinton Devon Estates.
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