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Blue Plaque
The First Blue Plaque for the Plymouth area
Lynda Franklin finally achieved her dream of honouring both her grandfather
and the part that Glen Cottage played for so many people
during those long years of the Second World War.
On 23rd March 2009 the blue plaque was unveiled by Mr John Young,
the Chair of Newton & Noss Parish Council, using an original WW2 flag.
The cost was borne by the family, Newton & Noss PC
and the owners of Glen Cottage.
Hopefully this plaque will be the first of many in the area.
Glen Cot in the 1940's           
Glen Cot Today      
Glen Cottage in 2009
Blue plaque unveiling ceremony, Glen Cottage 23rd March 2009
There are three of the original visitors books left containing signatures, cartoons, poems and pictures of
hundreds of service people from all over the world who visited Glen Cot .
If you think your relative could be amongst those who wrote in Glen Cottage’s visitors books,
then please go to Visitors Books or contact Lynda with their name and
service details and she will check through all her information.
                Press    to hear Lynda Franklin on Radio Devon 21st March 2009

The Official Unveiling of Plymouth’s First Heritage Plaque
In Commemoration of Local Hero John Iliffe Poole
By Lynda Franklin, Poole’s Granddaughter and author of his
biography ‘Soft Words Butter No Parsnips’
Glen Cottage, Riverside Road, Newton Ferrers, Devon
Monday 23rd March 2009
The commemorative plaque was kindly part-funded by the
Newton Ferrers Parish Council and its chair John Young performed
the unveiling ceremony with Lynda, using an original WWII flag.
John ‘Tony’ Iliffe Poole, with his wife Winifred, opened up his Newton Ferrers
cottage (‘Glen Cot’) to over 70,000 servicemen during the Second World War.
Steward of the Reading Room for 36 years, resident of Newton Ferrers from
1924-1960, Poole was also the longest surviving laryngectomee in the world
until his death in 1979. His resilience and ongoing human-rights battle
rendered him quite extraordinary.