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Armistice Commemorations 1918 – 2018: A
Community Programme for Brundall
A 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
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
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
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
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
The event will support the Royal British Legion's
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
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
Can you help?
Anyone wishing to contribute
stories, photos or information relating
to Brundall in the 1914-1918 period
for Heritage Open Days in September
out more on the Heritage Open Days website here
Service: Blofield Church, Church Road,
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.
Hemblington Church: Church Lane,
Hemblington, is also commemorating its war dead
for the Heritage Open Days.
out more on the Heritage Open Days website
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