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The featured letter is that of Albert Hughes, and was written by pupils in Year 4 (children aged 8-9) at Rowde School.

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


Read all the letters by downloading this PDF file (388k).

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.