Armistice commemorations 1918-2018




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

The commemorative window in Brundall

The exhibition:
The exhibition will be accompanied by other displays and activities including the history of the Women’s Institute, founded in 1915; “Edith Cavell, A Nurse and her Legacy”, a vintage slide and film show; artwork from Brundall Primary School pupils; a wartime family history advice desk; a Royal British Legion stall, period music; and refreshments prepared by the Women’s Institute. The event will be open from 10.00am – 3.00pm each day.

Brundall, Braydeston and Postwick churches will be open on both days and each will hold their own memorial services on the Sunday.

Discovery trail:
A free Brundall & Braydeston War Memorials Discovery Trail leaflet, devised by the Brundall Local History Group, will be available as an historical and location guide to the memorials and landmarks for both world wars around the village.  Brundall Scouts and Cubs will act as marshals to guide visitors at the various memorial sites.

This community weekend event, organised in partnership with Yare Valley Churches, Brundall Memorial Hall and several local voluntary organisations, is co-ordinated by Brundall Local History Group in support of the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.

A varied programme of events for all the family, 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 in the form of a shard, funded by local charities and organisations, will be erected at the parish cemetery entrance on Cucumber Lane and formally dedicated on Saturday 10 November. A commemorative bench, donated by The Royal British Legion (Brundall & District branch), will be placed alongside.

Rector Peter Leech said: “We have an opportunity to join together and remember, as well as honour, those who have given their lives in war. What we remember of the past helps us to shape our future. The weekend, we hope, will be a time when the community comes together to acknowledge their shared story.”

A two-day exhibition organised by the Brundall Local History Group will be held at Brundall Memorial Hall, featuring life on the home front, notably the work of the Brundall Auxiliary War Hospital, and stories of the local servicemen killed in action - for the parishes of Brundall and Braydeston saw their share of tragedy during the First World War.

Brundall's war heroes

At that time the village had a population of about five hundred, swelled by the numbers of patients and staff at the hospital, which was based at Brundall House in the middle of the village. Its sons marched off to fight for their country, with eleven of them never to return.

The row of cottages at Barn Terrace was terribly struck. Four families there lost family members; two were brothers, and three were killed within five weeks of each other in 1918.

Corporal James Harper had moved to Neatishead, but his mother still lived at No. 6. At his memorial service at Brundall Church the Rector said that having served in the Royal Artillery since the beginning of the war “he was looking forward to higher promotion. He has gained it elsewhere…"

The others with Barn Terrace connections were Private Richard Minns, James Harper’s brother-in-law, who also lodged at No 6; Privates Herbert and Frank Smith from No. 8; and Private James Holsworth, whose parents lived at No. 4.

Several Brundall and Braydeston young men joined the various battalions of the Norfolk Regiment but some did not experience a long war. 2nd Lieutenant Walter Meire, of the 9th Battalion, died aged 25 at Loos in 1915. A year later Private William Beck in the same battalion, was killed in one of the Somme battles at the age of just 19. Private Charles Mason died aged 24 with the 8th Battalion at La Boiselle in 1916. 2nd Lieutenant Walter Benn was killed with the 7th Battalion at Arras in 1917, only six weeks after arriving on the Western front.

Private Arthur Cole had emigrated to Canada but when the war came he signed up with the 7th Battalion Canadian Regiment and fell at Passchendaele in 1917.

Sub-lieutenant Claude Sennitt, who served in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve (Hood Battalion) was killed aged 27 in 1917 after only a fortnight of active service.

These were ordinary men with ordinary lives whose tragic destiny will be commemorated on the weekend of November 10 and 11 2018, the 100th anniversary of the Armistice when peace returned to their village.

Click here to find out more about Brundall in 1914

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





Programme of events


10am to 3pm - community exhibition and events at Brundall Memorial Hall.

10.45-11.15am -
Shard dedication: parade of standards, official unveiling, dedication and Act of Remembrance at the parish cemetery, Cucumber Lane. The service, led by Revd. Peter Leech, will include the sounding of the Last Post, silence at 11am, the Reveille and the placing of wreaths.

1-4pm - selection of children's war themed books and display at Brundal Library.


10-3 community exhibition and events at Brundall Memorial Hall

11am: One minute's silence will be observed.

7.05pm: All the church bells will ring out for peace.

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Brundall's wartime hospital

Nurses from Brundall war hospital

In 1914 Brundall House, then in the centre of the village, was offered by its owner as an auxiliary 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

Can you help?

Anyone wishing to help steward the exhibition, or contribute
stories, photos or information relating
to Brundall in the 1914-1918 period
should email