Lynton and Lynmouth in the First World War, by Tony Nicholson
Book published by the Lyn & Exmoor Museum, 44 pages. A5 size booklet (N5061PE)
This booklet collects together articles published in the local newspapers of Lynton and Lynmouth during the First World War, and together they provide an excellent glimpse into what life was like during the conflict in this small part of Devon. There are articles on world affairs, including nthe assassination of the Austrian heir to the throne and the outbreak of war, the commandering of local horses and the state of the Royal North Devon Hussars, the Lynton and Lynmouth Territorials, Germans arrested at Lynton, patriotic meetings, Belgian refugees, Letters from the front, Lyntonians killed at the front, Guarding the Coast, the Vicars son killed, the Volunteer Training Corps, Timber for Pit Props and for the Trenches, Coscription, Appeals, Conscientous Objectors, and more!
From the introduction: Trawling through local newspapers gives some idea of how events in Northern France and beyond made themselves felt in every home in the beautiful little exmoor community of Lynton and Lynmouth. In the days before social media, television, and even broadcast radio, Devonians depended on their newspaper to find out what was happening the outside world and both the North Devon Journal and the North Devon Herald reported in great detail on the outbreak of war and - subject to the ievitable censorship - the subsequent fighting.
This little book looks mainly at life at home in that sombre period. I have chosen to let the newspaper reports speak for themselves.....[ and they offer a wonderful insight into what] Lyntonians and Lynmothians endured in those terrible years a century ago.
The condition of the booletk is generally very good. The cover has one or two very minor scuffs but is clean and bright, the staple spine is tight and intact, and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound. There is a small price sticker on the rear side.