Latest First World War donation tells the story of two Yeovil War Memorial soldiers

Ernest 'Dyke' LuffmanPhotographs, memorial cards and a letter are the latest First World War items to be donated to South Somerset District Council’s Community Heritage Access Centre (CHAC) in Yeovil.

The latest donation contains photographs of two soldiers who are on Yeovil’s War Memorial – Ernest ‘Dyke’ Luffman and Earle Mitchell. Their memorial cards and a letter from Ernest’s sister Mabel to a Mr Bird, trying to find out more about how Ernest died, complete the donation.

Earle Mitchell

The collection of historical items at CHAC is not static but is changing and growing all the time. New donations from the public helps to reveal new information which leads to the re-evaluation of existing knowledge but can also help to paint a better picture of the history of South Somerset and beyond.

Councillor Sylvia Seal, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture said, “We are thrilled to receive these donations, in particular the photographs of the two soldiers which make them come alive for us and they are not just a name on the war memorial”.

If you wish to add to the Community Heritage Access Centre’s First World War photographs so more soldiers can be remembered, you can donate by contacting the Heritage team on 01935 462886. Alternative if you do not wish to donate, a copy can be arranged to be taken and the photographs of your items returned to you.

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