Armistice commemorations 1918-2018




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World War One Armistice Commemorations 1918 – 2018: A Community Programme for Brundall

The commemoratiove window in Brundall
                        ChurchA varied programme of events, grant-aided by Brundall Parish Council, will take place in Brundall over the weekend of Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 November 2018 to commemorate the centenary of the end of World War I.

  • A new war memorial for the village funded by local charities and organisations, will be erected at the parish cemetery entrance on Cucumber Lane and formally dedicated on Saturday 10 November. (Time to be confirmed).  A commemorative bench, donated by The Royal British Legion (Brundall & District branch), will be placed alongside., an event open to all villagers.

  • A two-day exhibition will be held at Brundall Memorial Hall, Links Avenue featuring life on the home front, notably the work of the Brundall Auxiliary War Hospital, and stories of the local servicemen killed in action.

  • A free War Memorials Discovery Trail leaflet, devised by the Brundall Local History Group, will be launched in November as a practical guide and map to the war memorials around the village.

  • The events are being supported by a range of local organisations in partnership with Yare Valley Churches and co-ordinated by the Brundall Local History Group.

    Ten soldiers and one sailor are commemorated at Brundall and Braydeston churches, with a further seven at Postwick - young men who died in the service of their country in the Great War.
    Pictured right is the commemorative window at Brundall.

    At that time Brundall had a population of a few hundred, swelled by the numbers of patients and staff at the military hospital at Brundall House in the middle of the village.

    Its sons marched off to fight for their country, with 11 of them never to return. But who were they?

    One of them was William Beck, who lived in a cottage next to Brundall station and died in France at the age of just 19. Another, Arthur Cole, had emigrated from Brundall to Canada, but still returned to fight in France, dying in the horrors of the battle at at Passchendale.

    Charles Edward Mason was just 21 when he died with the 8th Battalion in France in 1916. His father was a pharmacist, who lived at Uplands in the Street, near Station Road, a large house now converted into flats.

    At the exhibition there will also be displays including the history of the Women’s Institute, founded in 1915; “Edith Cavell, A Nurse and her Legacy”, a vintage slide and film show; a wartime family history advice desk; period music; and refreshments prepared by the Women’s Institute. The exhibition will be open from 10.00am – 3.00pm each day.

    The event will support the Royal British Legion's Poppy Appeal.

    Brundall, Braydeston and Postwick churches will be open on both days and each will hold their own memorial services on the Sunday. Brundall Scouts and Cubs will act as marshalls to guide visitors to the memorials.

    Acle & Brundall Lions are also planning a wartime sing-a-long at The Ram public house at 4pm on Saturday November 10.

    More details will be announced soon, with a detailed programme being published here and in the November edition of Yare Valley's Voice.

    Click here to find out more about Brundall in 1914





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    Local events for Heritage Open Days in September

    Lives of Service: Blofield Church, Church Road, Blofield.
    Recognition of the sacrifice of those from Blofield who fell in the First World War and a celebration of the achievements of an outstanding woman at the beginning of the 20th century. Margaret Harker, from Blofield, was head of the WW1 hospital in nearby Brundall.

    Find out more on the Heritage Open Days website here

    Hemblington Church
    : Church Lane, Hemblington, is also commemorating its war dead for the Heritage Open Days.

    Find out more on the Heritage Open Days website here

    Brundall's wartime hospital

    In 1914 Brundall House, then in the centre of the village, was offered by its owner as an auxilkiary war hospital. For two years it welcomed wounded soldiers, under the leadership of Margaret Harker. Brundall Local History Group has produced a book about the hospital with many photographs from the time.

    To find out more visit its page in our shop section