From The Devon Weekly Times
9 March 1900
The first of the Queen's chocolate boxes to arrive in the village of Ipplepen has just come to hand from Lance-Corporal John Holmes of the 2nd Seaforth Highlanders. Corporal Holmes has seen about ten years' service - seven years and ten months with the Devons in Egypt and India, and nearly three years in the Seaforths. Holmes, in the fighting on the Modder, saw over 20 of his comrades killed and over 100 wounded. He came out without a scratch. He writes in a cheerful spirit to his parents, and his mother writes with pride how he assured her the last time he was at home that he had sworn to serve Her Majesty, and would do so with all his might.
Ipplepen has many at the front:
Lance Corporal Holmes, Seaforths
Private Beer, Royal Engineers
Private Green, Devons
Private Honeywill, Devons
Private Cooke, Devons
Private Vogwell, Devons
Private Wilkie, Devons
Private Gormon, Royal Artillery
Private Vogwell, the Rifle Brigade
Seaman Denley, HMS Thetis*
More of Ipplepen's sailor boys are on their way out - a record hard to beat for a village.