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One hundred years ago – June 1916
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Jutland casualty
Mr. and Mrs. Harris, of 146, Cowick-street, St. Thoma,. Exeter, have received the sad intimation that their son, Stoker Thos. James Harris, has died from the effects of wounds received in the naval action of the 31st May. Deceased, who was only 25, was for a number of years in the employ of Messrs. Wippell and Co., of Exeter, was greatly respected both by his employees and work mates. Two other brothers are serving their country, one in the Navy and the other the Army. Enclosed with the announcement of the death was a letter expressing deep sympathy of their Majesties the King and Queen to the bereaved family. Intimation has been received from the Government that they are sending the body of the gallant young man to his home for burial.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Wednesday 07 June 1916
The Deception of an Exeter Motor Cycle

At Exeter Police Court yesterday, before Mr. A. McCrea (chairman), Mr Henry Hall, and Mr. P. C. M. Veitch.
Raymond Shrimpton, of Powderham-crescent, was summoned for driving a motor cycle in Polsloe-road to the danger of the public on the 3rd inst.—Mr. McGahey, who appeared for the defendant, admitted the offence.—The Chief Constable said the witnesses estimated that the defendant, who had a sidecar and two passengers, was travelling at the rate of 20 miles an hour.—Mr. McGahey said the exhaust of the cycle went wrong, and the machine appeared to an onlooker to be travelling a pace faster than it really was. The engine, sounded, as if it was racing whereas it was not propelling the machine at more than normal rate. —The Bench fined defendant 10s and costs.
Western Times - Saturday 10 June 1916
Exeter Constable’s Plucky Act
About 8.30 on Saturday evening P.C. Harris who was on duty on the Quay, Exeter, heard screams coming from the direction of the bridge. Running to the spot he saw Frederick George Burnett, aged five, residing at 28, West-street struggling in the water and being carried down the stream. The constable at once jumped into the water and succeeded in bringing the boy to the bank. Assistance at the rescue was rendered by Capt. Cox, R.F.C of Topsham Barracks. Burnett was taken home not much the worse for his immersion.
The Chief Constable has decided to recommend the action of P.C. Harris to the attention of the Royal Humane Society.
Western Times - Tuesday 13 June 1916
Death rate
The death-rate in Exeter last week was 14 per 1,000 of the population. The average for the 96 great towns included in the Registrar-General’s return was 12 per thousand.
Western Times - Friday 16 June 1916
St Thomas Rural Council
The Acting Medical Officer (Dr. Stirk) reported that four cases of tuberculosis had been notified—two at Topsham, one at Starcross, and one at Digbys Asylum. Seven cases of measles and three of German measles were also reported There had been one case of scarlet fever at Woodbury Salterton. There were no cases in the hospital.
Western Times - Saturday 17 June 1916

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Exeter Pubs by David Cornforth

Exeter PubsOver the past few centuries, nearly 500 pubs have opened their doors in Exeter. While many have been lost due to time, money or misfortune, the stories and memories created in these 'locals' live on. Exeter Pubs offers a captivating glimpse into the history of some of Exeter's most famous pubs. Drawing upon an eclectic collection of photographs, David Cornforth presents the reader with an insight into the history and life of the pubs in this area. From pub dogs to landlords, famous visitors to suspicious fires, this book tells the stories of Exeter's numerous watering holes. Just like countless travellers over the centuries, the modern reader is encouraged to stop for a pint in each and continue the stories of these historic establishments. Well-researched and beautifully illustrated, Exeter Pubs provides something for everyone, whether they have lived in Exeter all their lives, or whether they are just visiting this vibrant town. Available from Amazon Exeter Pubs (Amberley Pub)

Exeter City go to Argentina

It was a hundred years ago that Exeter City went to Argentina to teach the locals something about football. On the 22 May 1914, the team, along with team officials and WAGS (yep, that's right or maybe they were wives of officials, and they sure wore bonny hats!) left Exeter Queen Street station for Southampton, for a boat to Argentina.See photo on this page May 1914. In July 1914 they had the honour of playing the Brazil national side, losing 2-0, when they toured South America.

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Exeter Memories has a Page and a Group on Facebook. The group is for people to swap memories of living in the city – at the moment, the 1960s and 70s are very popular. You can also follow #ExeterMemories on Twitter, where the latest pages are promoted and events that happened on the day are linked.

Historic Buildings of Exeter - iBook for your iPad

Published on the 1 December 2012 is the Exeter Memories iBook Historic Buildings of Exeter. Liberally illustrated with full screen photographs, illustartions and maps, the interactive book covers fourteen of Exeter's most loved buildings. The photos look stunning on the Retina display of the iPad 3, while the new iPad Mini is a convenient way to view the book. If you have an iPAd and love Exeter, this is the eBook for you. Moderately priced at £2.49, the book is available from iTunes here - Historic Buildings of Exeter - David Cornforth

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Exeter Memories has never had any Google ads, nor any other form of income generation. To help finance the hosting of the site I have added three downloads, that can be purchased for £2 each. Click on the PURCHASE button on any page to see the downloads. There is the choice of seven large sized, hi-res map files of the city, or two eBooks — Charles Worthy's The History of the Suburbs of Exeter and the charming James Cossins' Reminiscences of Exeter Fifty Years Since. Both books can be purchased in ePub (Sony, Nook etc) format or Kindle format Screen readers can also be downloaded for your computer - see free Adobe Reader. Please support Exeter Memories by purchasing a download.

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