The Braunton Boys who went to War, by Frank Raymond Copper
Published privately by the author in 1998, 206 pages. Paperback (N5505PE)
This book provides a fascinating record of men from the North Devon village of Braunton who fought (and died) in the First World War.
From the rear side cover: The author was born in Tidworth Military Hospital in October 1926 and spent his entire childhood in army barracks where his role models were the regular soldiers amongst whom he lived at home and abroad. During this period of his life he developed an affinity with, and a respect for, such men and his interest in all things military continued throughout his life. He was educated in twelve army garrison schools before completing his education at Durban High School, South Africa, in 1944. After three years service in the Royal Air Force he joined the Civil Service spending over forty years with the Department of Education and the University Grants Committee. He retired in 1988 and in 1990 moved to Braunton where he lives with his two sons Vernon and Gavin.
Walking regularly through St. Brannock's Churchyard, he began to notice the names of a significant number of men commemorated on the gravestones who had died whilst serving in the Great War. The names conjured up visions of the men in uniform he had known in his childhood and he felt that he needed to know more about who they were and how and where they died. In seeking out this information he discovered that a considerable number of other men from Braunton had also given their lives for their country. So many, in fact that he decided that their sacrifice should go on record and so the idea of writing this book was born....
The condition of the book is generally very good. The covers are clean and bright, the 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 cover