Memories of the Great War 'must be passed down'

PUBLISHED: 13:46 01 October 2008 | UPDATED: 22:24 15 June 2010

KEEPING memories of the First World War alive is the aim of a special event in Honiton, which is being organised to coincide with the 90th anniversary of the end of hostilities.

KEEPING memories of the First World War alive is the aim of a special event in Honiton, which is being organised to coincide with the 90th anniversary of the end of hostilities.A rare collection of memorabilia and memories will be shared with residents at Honiton Library during October.Ashleigh Road resident Tony Simpson will talk about the experiences of his grandfather, James Morris, who was a Sapper with the Royal Engineers.He was shot dead by a sniper at the age of 42.Mr Simpson will be showing photographs, letters and other documents, including letters sent home from the front line."I never knew my grandfather, of course, but his death has left an indelible mark on my family," said Mr Simpson."I heard the story from my grandmother when I was a young boy, and she never really came to terms with it."Councillor Sheila Hobden, executive member of Devon County Council for culture, said: "It is vital that these memories are passed down and are kept alive, and we are very pleased that Tony is sharing them with us.


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