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One hundred years ago – July 1916
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Cycling Club
The Exeter Cycling Club has decided to arrange a sports day, etc., and entertain a number of wounded soldiers from the V.A.O. Hospitals, as last year.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Thursday 06 July 1916

At Exeter Police Court yesterday, Edward North, 56, West-street, pleaded guilty to selling cigarettes to a lad under the age of 16 years June 30th.
The Chief Constable said, judging by the number of children smoking cigarettes in the city, shopkeepers did not observe the regulations.
Samuel Parsons, aged 13, said he was not asked how old he was when the cigarettes were supplied. He made similar purchases a few days before.
Defendant stated that he understood the cigarettes were for an elder brother. He was in the habit of asking boys their ages before he supplied them.
The Mayor said it was a bad habit for children to smoke. It was also injurious, and shopkeepers would be severely dealt with. He hoped the prosecution would act as a warning to others, to obey the law. A fine of £1 was imposed.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Friday 07 July 1916
Wounded at Exeter Entertained
A few residents of the St. Sidwell's district utilised Wednesday afternoon in very pleasant and kindly fashion by organising an outing for wounded soldiers, twenty-four men from No. 5 Hospital being entertained by Mr. and Mrs. Maggs, Mr. and Mrs. Pantor, Mr. and Mrs. Wills, Mr. and Mrs. Graf, and Mr. and Mrs. Wonnacott to tea at Turf. The Council's boat, which was gaily decorated with flags, was chartered for the trip down the Canal, and at Turf a sumptuous tea of strawberries and cream was admirably served by Mr. and Mrs. Davey. After tea the wounded heroes took part—despite their disabilities—with cheery verve and ardour, in an amusing programme of sports.
Western Times - Friday 14 July 1916
Sergt. Basil G.Taunton, of Exeter, Killed

The sad news was received yesterday of the death in a hospital, in France, of Sergeant Basil G. Taunton, attached to the Surveyor's Department, G.P.0., of 14. Victoria Terrace, Exeter. Sergeant Taunton, who was educated at Tunbridge Wells, and formerly resided there, held a commission originally in the Kent Volunteers (Cyclists) in the Territorial days. At the Outbreak of war he joined, at Exeter, the 20th Royal Fusiliers, Public Schools Battalion, a private, and was very early on active service. He has been in and out of the trenches in France for many months, and it was only last week that an announcement appeared in the local papers that his friend, Sergeant Mudge, son of Mr. Mudge, of Heavitree, who has been with him in the same battalion since the commencement, had been wounded. Sergeant Taunton, during his short residence in Exeter, took an active part in the Boy Scout movement, and was, until he enlisted, a Scoutmaster, attached to the Exwick Patrol of Boy Scouts. He was only married in the spring of last year, and leaves a young widow to mourn his loss.
Western Times - Thursday 27 July 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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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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