We have recently received an update from Ryburgh Remembers about their research and commemorations in their community.
Fortunately, Ryburgh Remembers has been able to compile an extensive amount of information about Ernest William thanks to the research efforts of his nephew Ernest Thompson with contributions from others. Various items relating to Private Thompson are on display in the Regimental Museum and the up-to-date biography can be read at http://www.standrewsgreatryburgh.org.uk/world-war-1-commemorations/those-who-served/ernest-william-thompson.php
It’s likely that Guy never even visited Ryburgh but, information on Guy’s medal index card shows that his father (Arthur) and step mother (Edith) moved to Little Ryburgh before eventually moving to 101 Fakenham Road Great Ryburgh where they spent the rest of their lives and it is their story, for as much as any anything that the new panel has been placed on the organ gallery in St Andrew’s.
For Rifleman Burtenshaw’s commemoration, Ryburgh Community Shop will once again give over its display window. At St Andrew’s a 3 hour special peal of the bells will begin at 2pm and the church will be open with the WW1 displays about the fallen from Ryburgh available to view. St Andrew’s will also be Open for Tea – WW1 themed from 3-5pm – visitors will of course be made very welcome.
We’ve continued to develop Harold’s story and now having obtained a copy of his certificate of marriage to Eva feel we are getting closer to finding out how they met. On the 25 June 1915, Harold still a Private in the 3rd Norfolk Regiment residing at Castle Down, Moordown married Eva Blanche Pope Dunman now a Domestic Servant to David Templeton and family of Carrick Lodge, St Winifred’s Road Bournemouth at The Register Office in the District of Christchurch. Their marriage was witnessed by Cecil Hutchings (a solicitors clerk) and Cyril Keith Marshall (who would have been aged about 17 at the time). As Harold has declared he was a member of the 3rd Norfolk’s at the time of his wedding, we now have to assume he was part of the second draft that transferred to the Essex Regiment in July 1915. But what was a member of the 3rd Norfolk Regiment doing living in Dorset one month before leaving Avonmouth aboard the Royal Edward and did he meet Eva there?
If anyone has any information about any of these 3 soldiers, please get in touch with Ryburgh Remembers by e-mailSBRVAG@aol.com, facebook Ryburgh Village Amenity Group or Twitter @ryburghaction