A 245 page book resulting from research into the lives of the 89 men
and 1 woman from Tintinhull who fought in the Great War. The book is
dedicated to the 15 men who died.
Fully illustrated. Published May 2016
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The idea for this book became reality when we began researching the lives of the fifteen men from Tintinhull who fought in The Great War and who did not return. We soon realized that we also wanted to include all those who survived the war, one of whom was a young woman. We wanted to find out what occupations they had when they returned, where they lived, whether they married and had children, and where they are buried. There are also nine men we have included in our research, all directly connected to Tintinhull, who were not on the original Roll of Honour. Finally, there are four names that we have been unable to trace to anyone in the village. These four men were listed in the group of veterans who were photographed on the day of the dedication of the War Memorial in 1921. It is possible that one of them was there to represent his friend Frederick Milverton who had died. However, in the absence of any firm records they will have to remain a mystery.
It has been quite a challenge to carry out this research on so many men. In our searches we made full use of the internet, returning many times to websites such as Ancestry, National Archives and Forces War Records. We are indebted to the Somerset Heritage Centre for so much information on the Somerset Light Infantry, which many of the Tintinhull men joined. Mst importantly, there are about thirty-five men who are directly related to people still living in Tintinhull or nearby, which of course has made the research easier for us. We could not have produced this book without the help of their relatives. Listening to their stories passed down over the years, and seeing evidence of the events that must have overwhelmed some families, has been a sobering experience. This can be seen in the letter (facsimile on page 31) written by William Berry to his parents in March 1918, only a week before he himself was killed, asking about Isaiah Carter who had already been missing for four months.
We wanted to try and give an idea of what the village was like in the years before and after the war and the changes which came about during that time. Once again an invaluable amount of material has come from talking to those who were young children living in the village in the 1920’s and 1930’s. Lewis Rice’s ‘Chronicle of Memories’ has given us a wonderfully vivid account of life both before and after the war. ‘Tingel Tales’, the book by Owen Gaylard published in 1982, has also proved an invaluable source of information. For all these memories and records of village life we are very grateful. What is very evident is the way in which Tintinhull, as a village, was able to ‘pick itself up’ in the 1920’s and carry on. We see a gradual return to normality after the war, new housing and small businesses being established, and a return to the enjoyable events that were so much part of village life.
Contents also include the Court Estate Sale of 1913, Somerset Light
Infantry, West Somerset Yeomanry, Tintinhull Glove Factory, Tintinhull
in the Newspapers 1914-1919, the War Memorial, and the
Rev.Dr.Salisbury Price (who was the benefactor of the Memorial).
There are also sections on village life both before and after the war