WHEN we think of World War One, we think first of the soldiers who fought and died in the trenches on the Western Front.

It was warfare on an unprecedented scale and it needed a huge effort away from the front line both to supply the Armed Forces and to keep the country going.   

Tony Gale’s forthcoming talk for the Crediton Area History and Museum Society (CAHMS), “Patriotic Girls are We”, looks at how women were encouraged to backfill jobs in agriculture with appeals to patriotism: but were sometimes met with resentment, scorn and even outright hostility.

Illustrated with several examples and photographs – including some from the Crediton area - this talk reveals under-reported aspects of World War One and the experiences of local people over 100 years ago.  

“Patriotic Girls are We” will be presented by CAHMS at the Boniface Centre on Monday, February 12, 7.15pm for 7.30pm. CAHMS members £2, non-members £5, to include refreshments on arrival.