Dovery Manor Museum, Doverhay, Porlock, Somerset, TA24 8QB. United Kingdom

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Those Who Served. Porlock, Luccombe,

 & Selworthy in The Great War

The third volume, Those Who Served, tells of the impact of the

war on these residents of the district. It relates, year by year

the experiences of some of the local men fighting in the

water-logged trenches of France and Flanders, and in the rocky

hills of the Holy Land; those involved in naval engagements in the

North Sea; and those who served in the broiling heat and dust

of India.

Copies available in the museum. £25

First World War Project

Did you have family member who fought in the

First World War? Perhaps you had a grandfather or a great

uncle who served in the ranks?

Or a great aunt who volunteered to work as a

nurse treating the long-term wounded in

Minehead Hospital?

Lodged at the Dovery Manor Museum are three impressive

new volumes that build on the work already done by the

Museum in commemorating the district’s contribution to

the war effort.

The first is a comprehensive Register of Those Who

Served. This records the name, rank, regiment and often the home addresses, of over 350 men and women who served in the war from the local parishes – from Porlock, Luccombe, Selworthy, Culbone, Oare and Stoke Pero. It’s the first time such detailed research has been attempted, honouring the sacrifices made by so many from this district.

Is your relative listed in the Register? Might details in the Register help fill gaps in your family history?

The second volume is a Roll of Honour. This pays tribute to all those men from Porlock and the Vale who died in the First World War. It tells in some detail the stories of each man whose name is carved on the three parish War Memorials - at Porlock, Luccombe, and Selworthy.

These two volumes are the result of extensive new research, timed to culminate in November 2018 - the centenary of the end of the First World War. But they do not claim to be the final story. There may well be errors or omissions. And that is where you can help. Do visit the Museum and look at these volumes; and please tell us if you have information that can improve this tribute to the men and women from Porlock and the Vale who served their country in time of war.
Jeff Cox 01643 863083.

The Collection

Waistel Cooper

This collection is the work of Waistel Cooper (1921-2003) the potter who worked at Culbone for 27 years and gained great respect for his concern with form and texture.

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We are grateful to One Stop Carriers for Causes for funding this project and to W H Smith for a grant of £100 towards the production of the book 'Those Who Served'.

From Your Loving Sister

On July 4, 1916 Emmie Hawkins wrote to her brother Will.  Lance Corporal William Hawkins was serving in France.  WWI was in its second year and the letter tells of a village already depleted of young men and the hope that their youngest brother, 'little Fred',  would not be called to serve.  Emmie wrote of those who had returned injured and the loss of 'poor George Stuckey'.   She closed hoping that Will would be home soon, enclosed 'a smoke', and added ten kisses.

Local life and history are portrayed through artefacts, costume, photographs, ceramics, tools, and domestic items.

Dovery Manor Museum actively collects items of local history. We are always pleased to hear from local people or those with past contacts in Porlock who can supply information and contacts to extend our records.

After the ball

This silk taffeta and chiffon ball gown (C. 1890) was donated, anonymously, to the museum. Along with the gown and hooped petticoat were a pair of long and once white kid gloves. Folded and tucked into the finger of one was note from a would-be suitor urging her to meet him 'in Betty's orchard after the ball'.