Somerset Newspapers

Somerset newspapers from 1914-1918 contain a vast amount of information about the First World War’s impact on the county.

As part of the Somerset Remembers project a team of volunteers will index stories relating to the war. This index will be made available to researchers who might be looking for information about a particular person or place. Interesting stories may also be used in the Somerset Remembers temporary exhibition.

The volunteer team are due to start on this project in June and there are still a number of places available for people interested in working on this important project. This research will take place at the Heritage Centre or at a relevant library. If you are interested in taking part please contact the Somerset Heritage Service.

Newspapers contain photographs of Somerset soldiers. This image shows four brothers from Athelney who all served in the same company of the 7th Battalion The Somerset Light Infantry.  Private George Beck was killed in September 1915. He was a willow worker before the war.

Newspapers contain photographs of Somerset soldiers. This image shows four brothers from Athelney who all served in the same company of the 7th Battalion The Somerset Light Infantry.
Private George Beck was killed in September 1915. He was a willow worker before the war.

Articles from the period often contain surprisingly detailed descriptions of events. This example from 1914 describes the arrival of Belgian refugees in Wiveliscombe and a memorial service for a local soldier.

Articles from the period often contain surprisingly detailed descriptions of events. This example from 1914 describes the arrival of Belgian refugees in Wiveliscombe and a memorial service for a local soldier.

Newspapers chart the changes that took place in agriculture during the First World War. This image from 1915 highlights the  important role Somerset women played in farming during the conflict.

Newspapers chart the changes that took place in agriculture during the First World War. This image from 1915 highlights the important role Somerset women played in farming during the conflict.

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2 thoughts on “Somerset Newspapers

    • Hi Andrea. The photograph is taken from the Somerset County Gazette. The Somerset Heritage Centre holds this title as well as many other historic newspapers. The photograph was first published on 23 January 1915.

      Please call the Heritage Centre on 01823 278805 for further details.

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