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Devonian Year Books 1914 to 1919

Devonian Year Books 1914 to 1919 inclusive.

Published by the London Devonian Association.

A facsimile of the original book.

National pride in the industrial might of Britain and its growing Empire during the Victorian and Edwardian eras generated an increased public awareness of regional identity. Devon literature of that period became no longer just of interest to antiquarians or tourists. There was a growing market for it among Devonians, including those expatriates who formed Devonian associations in London and elsewhere. The London Devonian Association published a yearbook for many years. These books, on which copyright has expired, are available for free educational and research use, both as individual books and as full collections to aid researchers.

But apart from being a Who’s Who of the (mostly male) great and the good among early 20th century Devonians, it’s a very rich lode of Devon-related historical material, with some good articles about Devon and its offspring. Articles apart, it has a lot of material that could be of interest for historical or biographical research, such as listings of Devon-related organisations and people.

Contains articles on: Captain Robert Falcon Scott, R.N., C.V.O. (posthumous tribute, following Scott’s death on his South Pole expedition),

Sir William Henry White, K.C.B., F.R.S., LL.D. (late chief constructor of the Royal Navy), Sir Francis Drake, Walter Raleigh, William H Pillar, Lord Clifford of Chudleigh, Thomas Savery, F.R.S., Engineer and Inventor. The Romance of Devon (a historical and geographical overview), Devonians in London, An English Volkslied, Devonshire Dialect and Humour, The Saints of Devon, Part I., English Folk-music (with special reference to the Folk-songs of the West Country).

Places include: Okehampton Castle: The Keep and The Residential Buildings, Bristol & Exeter Railway, Dartmoor. First World War topics include Devonshire Regiment, Devonshire & the war, Devonshire Patriotic Fund, Visitations of the wounded, “Died for their Country” listings of officers (Lieut. and above) who gave their lives in the war.


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