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Admin (Admin)
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Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Friday, December 23, 2011 - 8:16 am:   

Devon 1916

Here you can find a digitised book "The Devonian Year Book for 1916"

Pgs 15 thru 21 is entitled "Died for the Country" and is an alpha listing of the Devon men (with some details for each one) who had already been k.i.a.

If you have a Devon family member who was killed or died during that early period of WW1 this site is well worth checking.

Jean Harris in Toronto, Ontario
Admin (Admin)
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Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Friday, December 23, 2011 - 8:20 am:   

Richard Derrick's Church Albums site (Brian Randell)

The several hundred links in GENUKI/Devon to the church photographs in Richard Derrick's Church Albums site, where they used to be held in the directory:

have, according to GENUKI's link checking facility, all just disappeared. And in fact it would seem that what were, I presume, his thousands of church photographs relating to other UK counties have all gone too! So this is a major loss.

I can't find any present trace of the photographs, though it would seem that copies are individually available in the Internet Archive. (There, the photographs' links to a home page all redirect to This website claims to be a gateway to sites on the Internet for church photographs, but not I find to Richard Derrick's photos. In fact it states that it is itself for sale. Thus it acts as a very effective barrier to finding what Church Albums photographs are held in the Archive!)

Does anyone know whether the Church Albums site is still accessible somewhere, or have any means of contacting Richard Derrick? (I've cc'd this to the two (old) email addresses I have found for him.)

If not I'm going to have to remove all my links (There seems no reasonably easy way of editing the now-broken links to point instead to the Internet Archive's copies of the photographs.)


Brian Randell
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Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Friday, December 23, 2011 - 8:21 am:   

Devon Wills Project - Plymouth help wanted (Brian Randell)

The Devon Wills Project is coming into the finishing straight - its database now has over 199,000 entries, from nearly 450 different sources. See:

One of the very few likely sources of Devon wills that we've not yet been able to access is one that we understand is at the Plymouth Reference Library:

Baring-Gould, Sabine. Parish Registers Extracts and Notes.

Unfortunately the Plymouth Reference Library's online catalogue is not currently available, so we are looking for a volunteer who could go to the Library and check for us whether this source contains any Devon will transcripts or abstracts. If it does, then we'd be very grateful if we could have the relevant details. (We can provide a spreadsheet template for this purpose.)


Brian Randell

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