War Diary July 1916

War Norfolk
The Battle of the Somme  

A Major Anglo-French offensive is launched in Picardy. On the opening day, the British Army suffers 57,470 casualties, including 19,240 killed – its heaviest ever casualty toll in a 24 hour period. The battle continues until 18 November.

Books for the Troops 

The Lord Mayor of Norwich wrote that “the response of the citizens to that appeal has been a generous one, for no less than 432 novels and 877 magazines have been forwarded to the Public Library for transmission to the troops.”

Fund Raising Fete 

The Soldiers’ Fete held in the grounds of Carrow House and Carrow Abbey was hailed as great success. The fete “in aid of local patriotic war institutions” had over 6,000 visitors and took £150 on the gates alone.



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