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EMThe Devon Reserves parade through Sidwell Street by London Inn Square on 7 August 1914. See Exeter at War.EMThe Devonshire Regiment 7th Cyclist Battalion on manoeuvres. Private Francis Henry Ridgway was of the 1st/7th (Cyclist) Bn.Devonshire Regiment. He died on 11 October 1914, aged 22, and is buried in Exwick Cemetery.
He was the son of Edward Uriah and Alice Mary Ridgway of 'Glenely', Queens Road Exeter.

This Month in Exeter - 1914 also see 1913

Western Times - Wednesday 05 August 1914

(the following are extracts from a long article)
Crowds Eagerly Awaiting the News

Large crowds eagerly awaiting news of the latest of elements of the situation, again– gathered outside our office yesterday. In view of the expectation of an outbreak of hostilities between this country and Germany at any moment, a possibility which the embodiment of the Reservists and the Territorials seems to bring nearer, the special editions, issued at brief intervals, were in greater demand than ever. Every item of information was devoured with interest…
The various banks posted notices intimating that they are closed till tomorrow, in accordance with the Royal Order. The staff of many business firms will be considerably depleted by the calling up of the Reservists and Territorials…
Enthusiasm in Exeter Streets
A scene of tremendous enthusiasm was witnessed in Exeter last night when the intimation came that war between Germany and England was an actual fact. A crowd of many hundreds had been waiting in the High-street outside the “Western Times” Offices, reading with avidity every item of news as it was posted in the windows, and when at midnight the first announcement was made that Germany had declared war on England, the throng was moved to an impressive outburst. A tremendous cheer was raised, and then all heads were bared while by general impulse the National Anthem was sung.This was followed by hand shaking.
Western Times - Friday 14 August 1914
Exeter was startled on Wednesday by the clanging of the bell of the City's motor fire engine. A huge crowd soon followed the engine, and it was found that a fierce conflagration was raging in the premises of Messrs, Bodley Bros., ironfounders and engineers, of Commercial-road. The fire broke out about ten past eight, and soon after the arrival the fire-fighters the roof of the building was well alight. Tongues of flame shot to a considerable height, throwing a lurid glare for some distance. Happily, plenty of water was obtained without any difficulty, a large mill-stream flowing just across the road, a few yards from the burning building. Supt. Pett quickly had nine powerful jets playing on the blaze. This deluge of water speedily took effect. The flames quickly dwindled, and it was not long before the fire was well under control. The firemen were, fortunately, able to secure good positions from which throw the water on the burning building. It is estimated that damage to the extent from £800 to £1,000 was done.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Saturday 15 August 1914

No doubt the general public will he extremely glad to know that Voluntary Aid Detachments are in readiness all over the country, although the necessity for actual work has not yet arisen. The organisation, of course, had to be completed and this has been done. The staff at the headquarters for Devonshire, situated at Lennands' Buildings, Goldsmith-street, Exeter, have been very busy since Monday week. and such good progress has been made that everything, is in full working order. Valuable assistance is being rendered by the Boy Scouts, and the whole of the voluntary staff are working as hard as possible.

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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 a 3-3 draw with the Brazil national side, 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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