North Devon Remembers

Those who died in the service of the United Kingdom

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World War I  (Deaths)

Combined Commonwealth                950,000

World War II (Deaths)

United Kingdom                               400,000

Australia                                           40,000

Canada                                             35,000

India                                                 25,000

New Zealand                                     10,000

We will remember them

During the two World Wars and more recent conflicts, over 1.7 million British and Commonwealth Servicemen/women  died in the service of their Country:  most of whom were aged between 17 and 24;  which gives even greater emphasis to the words of the Kohima: “For your tomorrow, we gave our today”.   Additionally, as a result of their sacrifice, the Globe  is circled with some 23,000 cemeteries and memorials, where they are rightfully commemorated.  

Through this site and the staging of the North Devon Annual Remembrance Concert, held in support of the Army Benevolent Fund and the Royal British Legion, we hope to keep the memory of their ultimate sacrifice alive.

We also recall the wise words of Sir Winston Churchill:

 “A Nation that forgets its past, is doomed to repeat it”.

Poor is the nation that has no heroes.

Shameful is the one, that having heroes, forgets them!

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In Flanders Fields (the Poppies blow)

By John McCrea, May 1915

In Flanders fields the poppies blow

between the crosses, row on row,

That mark our place;  and in the sky

the larks still bravely singing, fly.

Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the dead.   Short days ago

we lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow:

loved and were loved, and now we lie

in Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:

to you from failing hands we throw

The torch;  be yours to hold it high.

If ye break faith with us who die

we shall not sleep, though poppies grow,

in Flanders fields.