Around Devizes, you can now see fictional, volunteer letters inspired by factual information about soldiers from Devizes who fought in the Great War and are commemorated on the Devizes and Roundway War Memorial.
The inspiration for the stories came from the information in Richard Broadhead’s Book The Great War – Devizes and District Soldiers. You can find them in the following locations in the town – see if you can read all of their stories. The letters will be taken down after Armistice Day on Sunday 11 November.
|Harold Banbury||On corner of Bridewell St by Hare & Hounds pub|
|Frederick Bolland||By Town Centre Post Office, Maryport St|
|Henry Chesterman||Entrance to The Wharf – by The Canal Trust Café|
|Alfred Cook||By Carpet Right, New Park Road|
|Edward Cunnington||By Wiltshire Museum|
|Alec Few||On junction of Morris Lane and Long Street|
|Charles Fillis||By Crammer Pond|
|Albert Goddard||By the Assize Court|
|Victor Groves||In Brittox Newsagent and at top of Brittox by Boots|
|Charles Hampton||By pedestrian crossing near Barclays Bank, Market Sq|
|Albert Hughes||Market Square between Corn Hall and Winkworth’s estate agent on a finger post.|
|Alfred Hunt||By Morrisons, on the roundabout sign next to ‘The Bell’|
|Sidney King||New Park Street, on a lamppost by the car wash|
|William King||On a lampost by the Market Cross. Bear Hotel side.|
|Garnett Knee||On post next to entrance into St John’s Church, Long Street|
|George Ledbury||Exit of Sainsburys’ car park, on a fingerpost by the yellow grit box|
|Edward Lewis||On Fingerpost by entrance to St. Johns’s Alley|
|Nelson Maslen||Opposite Hare and Hounds pub, Hare and Hounds St|
|William Mead||Sheep St – opposite the Library.|
|Jesse Miles||Pedestrian Crossing, by Snuff Street and Police station , New Park Street|
|Arthur Nash||Toy Shop, Maryport Street|
|Herbert O’Reilly||On fingerpost sign, by Neros – The Brittox|
|John Potter||On fingerpost by traffic lights on Gains Lane by Roses Hardware Shop|
|Charles Sainsbury||Bottom of Long Street by Town Hall on fingerpost by flowerbeds.|
|Samuel Slocombe||Opposite hospital sign on Commercial Road/ New Park Road roundabout.|
|William Waite||On fingerpost in car park behind Wilcos – by parking meter nearerst to Old Swan Yard|
|Walter Weekes||On corner of Snuff Street by Costa Coffee in Market Sq.|
|Horace Withers||By Police Station on New Park Road on National Express timetable post.|
|Arthur – a fictitious soldier||Market Sq by Ma Cusine|
The featured letter is that of Albert Hughes, and was written by pupils in Year 4 (children aged 8-9) at Rowde School.
Part of the Wiltshire Remembers project, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.