Search

Can you help us to remember everyone from our region who fell during the First World War?

09:34 04 August 2014

Attleborough First World War soldiers.

Attleborough First World War soldiers.

Archant

On this poignant day, The Eastern Daily Press, Norwich Evening News and online titles unveil a campaign to honour all those who fell in the First World War.

Through four years of commemoration, we will update the original list of names, drawn up in the immediate aftermath of the conflict, detailing those from Norfolk, North Suffolk and East Cambridgeshire who made the ultimate sacrifice.

In this epic operation we will be helped by this region’s towns and villages, some of whom have been updating their own files as Great War commemoration projects, and the three county records offices.

We have digitised many of the names, for the first time, and published them in our special Weekend supplement over the weekend.

As we stated, it was likely there would be omissions, given the scale of the original undertaking after the war and that some records were incomplete to this day.

In our initial research we uncovered several missing names and now readers have come forward with more. We want this process to continue.

To ensure that no man, or woman, is forgotten, we will be researching all apparent omissions and updating the roll, where appropriate.

Keith Simpson, the Broadland MP and historian, has welcomed the project. “The EDP supplement listing the villages and towns with their war dead was a marvellous contribution to the history of Norfolk in the First World War,” he said.

“By 2018, or before, we should have a definitive listing of all the names. What a thing that would be to have.”

In some cases, it may be that the names from some villages are actually named in others.

However, it seems that in some cases, the researchers after the war overlooked some villages entirely.

Among them are Horning, West Walton, Gillingham, Reedham, Bawdeswell, Tilney St Lawrence, Raynhams (East and West), Gooderstone, Boughton, Oxborough, Barton Bendish, Titchwell, Gayton, Stow Bedon and Breckles.

Today we provide the names of the dead from Reepham, as well as more from our area of north Suffolk.

Throughout the coming weeks, as we investigate each case and cross-check names to avoid duplication, we will add the names to the updated roll.

During the four years, once our work is complete, we’ll publish one final, definitive supplement and will place it in the records offices of our three counties to ensure they can be cherished for all time.

■ If you believe you are aware of a name – or place – that should be included, please contact us, via email: ww1@archant.co.uk

3 comments

  • my great granddad left me with a bomb shell made into a ash tray he was from stoksby it had on it a severnear to ERNEST WALKER made by a Germany prisoner of war i sill have it

    Report this comment

    Freddy Vera

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • my granddad survived, he came back injured to no job, no help, they were told it was the war to end all wars, he never talked about it ever, and when his son had to go to fight in the 2nd world war, he was devastated.

    Report this comment

    nanny june

    Monday, August 4, 2014

  • We mustn't forget those who survived for they too fought the same battles.

    Report this comment

    peter waller

    Monday, August 4, 2014

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

Other news

The 2016 Sotterley Country Fair has been cancelled. 

Picture: James Bass

The Sotterley Country Fair, which was scheduled to take place tomorrow (Sunday), has been cancelled due to the bad weather.

Most Read

Peter Day spent the majority of his life in Lowestoft.

Tributes have been paid to a “well-loved man” who was best-known for his involvement with the successful Day’s Garage in Lowestoft.

Read more
Pakefield Church
Yesterday, 05:39
Vote Leave campaigners celebrate winning the EU referendum in Waveney.

“We’re going to be a different country” - that was the reaction from campaigners on both sides of the European Union referendum debate in Waveney as the district voted in favour of leaving.

Read more
Peter Aldous
Mon, 13:00
Blundeston Prison is set to close.

For law-abiding citizens who have never had the need to visit Her Majesty’s Pleasure, the inside of a jail might be something of a curiosity.

Read more
Lowestoft
The 2016 Sotterley Country Fair has been cancelled. 

Picture: James Bass

The Sotterley Country Fair, which was scheduled to take place tomorrow (Sunday), has been cancelled due to the bad weather.

Read more
Facebook
09:00
Ben Gummer

All of Suffolk’s MPs had backed the campaign to keep Britain in the European Union – and were left shattered by the decision to pull out.

Read more
Therese Coffey

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 19°C

min temp: 12°C

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Lowestoft Journal
e-edition today

Subscribe

Newsletter Sign Up