Blue plaque for Exmouth’s Edith to be unveiled

PUBLISHED: 11:42 07 August 2017

Edith Pratt OBE from Exmouth, who is to be commemorated with a blue plaque.

Edith Pratt OBE from Exmouth, who is to be commemorated with a blue plaque.


A blue plaque commemorating Exmouth’s first OBE recipient is to be unveiled 100 years after the award was made.

Edith Pratt, who grew up in Exmouth and attended Southlands School, received the OBE in August 1917, just months after the order had been established by King George V, for her service as a member of the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps during World War One.

Earlier this year, historian Daphne Barnes-Phillips appealed in the Journal for Edith to receive recognition, and now the plaque is set to be installed at the building that once housed Southlands School in Carlton Hill.

It will be unveiled on August 25 – exactly 100 years to the day after Edith’s award was listed in The Times - at 3pm, by Exmouth mayor Brian Cole, and Daphne is asking anyone who wishes to attend to let her know by emailing her at before August 18.

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