Simon’s book explains Woodbury Common’s wartime history
PUBLISHED: 06:30 02 November 2016
An Exmouth historian has written a book telling the story of a World War Two military base via archaeological finds on Woodbury Common.
Simon Fogg, 22, of Seymour Road, is the author of Wartime Dalditch Camp and Finds On Woodbury Common.
Dalditch Camp was a base for Royal Marines during the war, between Exmouth and Yettington.
In his book, which took two years to write, Simon details scores of wartime artefacts he has found on the common over a number of years, including ammunition, bayonets, gun cleaning equipment, and domestic items such as a glass Brylcreem bottle, reflecting the camp’s status as home to thousands of troops between 1941 and 1946.
The book also includes maps of Dalditch Camp, and advice for anyone wanting to do their own foraging in the area - with the warning that live ammunition should not be touched, though this is rarely found.
Because of the common’s status as a Site of Special Scientific Interest, using metal detectors there is not allowed, and so all the items pictured in Simon’s book have been found with the naked eye alone.
The book also includes background information about the history of the common, including prehistoric Woodbury Castle.
Simon says he has compiled the book with the aim of making information about Dalditch Camp available to local residents.
He said: “I am pleased to have the information out there, because I have been researching information about the camp for about six years or so, and there’s hardly anything about it, so I thought I’d write my own book.”
The book, priced at £15, is available at Best Books in The Parade, Littleham Post Office, Rivermead Stores and Woods Village Stores in Colaton Raleigh.