Upottery Home Guard 1939-45

Picture showing men of Upottery Home Guard 1939-1945

The men of Upottery Home Guard

The picture shows 37 members of the Upottery Home guard (1935-1945)

Back row: F. Pym, M. Spiller, Richard Drew, Stanley Wright (Stanley Arthur William Wright born 1921 in Kilmington moved to Highley Farm, Upottery in 1931), Bert Cooke, Ern Joyce, A. Edwards, Len Wyatt, Reg Underdown, Tom Shepherd, Will Harris, Ed Selway, F. Bartlett and Jack Dare.

Second row: J. Baker, R. Edwards, William Bartlett, Cpl. Raymond Reed, W. Edwards, W. Salvage, Stanley Lane, B. Tidball, ? Spiller, J. Edwards, Arthur Quick, S. Retter, Henry Boyland, L. Pincombe and George Bond.

Front row (seated): Cpl. Alf Pavey, Cpl. Les Rowland, Sgt. J. Boyland, (Officer, rank unknown) W. Parris, (Officer, rank unknown but appears to be Lt.) F. Jefferies, Sgt. H. Crabb, Sgt. A. Crabb and Sgt. R. Wyatt.

Can you help with first names?

World War 1 Veterans Return Home

Picture of 20 World War I venerans returning home to Upottery, Devon.

20 World War I venerans back safe to Upottery, Devon.

With all these veterans now sadly gone, it would be fitting to keep those who did return, known to us. If you have any information about these chaps or any others, please get in touch

Upottery Fire Crew

Picture of the Upottery Fire Crew, Devon.  Date unknown.

Upottery Fire Crew. Date unknown.

It would be really good to get some names to these heroic faces. The equipment (or lack of it) in ‘those days’ must have made dealing with fires quite frightening! Add to the mix, the many thatched cottages, candles and oil lamps…

Upottery Primary School

About 125 years ago, Lord Sidmouth built Upottery School, providing free education for the village children. The distinctive building, with its single high-vaulted schoolroom and the adjacent Victorian schoolhouse, is very much a feature of the village landscape still.

Early Picture of Upottery School

Early Picture of Upottery School

It was built in the centre of the village for the local community and is surrounded by beautiful countryside, in the heart of the Blackdown Hills. The listed original Victorian building has been improved and extended to meet the needs of a modern curriculum, but the school retains much of its close family atmosphere.

Picture of the Upottery Primary School Class of 1928

Class of 1928

The football boots in 1933 look more like a challenge than an advantage and more than one of the boys in the picture looks like they are fully armed with a catapult in their back pocket! In 2011, they would be well in to their 80’s – time to own up lads!

Picture of the 1933 Upottery School Football Team

The 1933 Upottery School Football Squad

We’d like to know more about this school and would love to know who these pupils are. Can you help us?

Upottery Mothers’ Union 1928

Picture of Upottery Mothers' Union 1928

Upottery Mothers' Union Members 1928

In 2010, 82 years after this picture was taken, the Upottery Mothers’ Union was still going strong.

Perhaps you can tell us more about the members, old and new.

Upottery & Yarcombe Ploughing Match

Picture of the Upottery & Yarcombe Ploughing Match 1958

Picture of the Upottery & Yarcombe Ploughing Match
Local ploughing skills beng put to the test while the ‘experts’ look on.

Local farming skills being put to the test in 1958. Some of these young lads are likely to be in the area, still.

Do you know anything about this match or the people involved? Please tell us what you know.

History Group Speaker 10 March ’11

Upottery Airfield, England, 22 April 1944.

Upottery Airfield, England, 22 April 1944.

Mr Claud Caple, from the South West Airfields Heritage Trust will be addressing the Hemyock History and Archiving Association on Thursday, 10th March ’11.

The subject is the World War II airfileds at Dunkeswell, Smeatharpe and Culmhead.

New members are warmly welcomed. The talk begins at 7:30pm, in the Church Rooms.

For more information, please contact Mike Cooper on 01823 680175.