In early August 1914 newspapers nationwide printed appeals for volunteers to join the British Army. Lord Kitchener, the newly appointed Secretary of State for War, sought to recruit an extra 100,000 men from across the country. His plan was to strengthen the existing British Expeditionary Force with a series of 'New Armies'. By 12 September 1914 nearly 500,000 young men, from all walks of life, had answered Kitchener's call to arms - to fight for King and Country.
Factories, offices and farms across the country experienced a shortage in young skilled labour; women were encouraged to take on new and different roles, and there was increased pressure to meet the demands of war.
Using historic land management documents at the DRA, volunteers have investigated the ways in which South Devon's farming community responded to the various challenges, supporting their families, the nation and its armed forces through four years of conflict.
This commemorative exhibition reveals the untold personal stories of how South Devon's farmers adapted to the pressures. The display has been funded by the Devon Remembers Heritage Project, which gives people the chance to explore the county's First World War experience and share stories about life 100 years ago.