News about a about a World War 1 Project and new book sent in by one of our colleagues in the North-West of the county.
World War One Group Photograph
Sparked by reading his great-grandfather’s letters from the trenches, Andrew Tatham went exploring and came upon a First World War group photograph with his great-grandfather in the centre. He decided to use it as the starting point for some artwork looking at the effect of the First World War on the 46 men pictured and their families. Having contacted all the families, he is now getting ready for an exhibition in In Flanders Fields Museum in Ypres in Belgium in September 2015. Find out more at www.groupphoto.co.uk
1914 – 1919: The War Diaries of a Norfolk Man by William C. Bennett
This book presents the diaries of a man who enlisted in August 1914, the first month of the war and served until May 1919. William Bennett fought on the Somme and at Passchendaele. He was wounded and hospitalised more than once. William recounts the time when a German Sniper bullet passed through his nose and killed his comrade beside him. On another occasion, Bennett was struck in the thigh by shell casing and twenty years later his leg had to be amputated.
The Norfolk connection is strong as William relates episodes from his childhood and visits home from the Front.