The Battle of Gaza – a call for family stories

The Forum, in the heart of Norwich recently contacted us to see if we could help them with their next World War One project…


The Forum, Norwich, appeals for stories about Norfolk soldiers who fell in the Second Battle of Gaza, 17-19 April 1917.

We are appealing for the people of Norfolk to share their stories and memories of relatives who fought in the Second Battle of Gaza to mark its centenary in April 2017. There are hundreds of Norfolk men who served in The Norfolk Regiment & fought in this battle and here at The Forum we’re keen to hear from local people who may also have photographs, letters and objects relating to the Second Battle of Gaza.

Information and stories of local soldiers will help add to the research for The Forum’s community project ‘Norfolk in the First World War: Somme to Armistice’. The project honours Norfolk’s First World War heroes and runs until November 2018 with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

If you have any information on connections to the Second Battle of Gaza please get in touch with The Forum’s Learning Manager, Sarah Power via email: or telephone: 01603 727977.

The Forum is currently working with primary and secondary schools from King’s Lynn and North Norfolk on the young person’s strand of the project called ‘Finding the Fallen’. Students are spending three days with local military historian, Neil Storey, to include research sessions, object handling and a visit to their closest war memorial to uncover information about soldiers’ local roots and their fates in the Battle of Gaza.

While The Forum is particularly keen to receive stories about men from these areas, we also welcome any information about the involvement of any Norfolk men in the Battle of Gaza that people may hold.

All of the research and learning from the project will culminate in a Battle of Gaza exhibition starting at The Forum and the Norfolk & Norwich Millennium Library on 18 April 2017. Following this, the exhibition and an accompanying film will go on tour to other schools and community venues around Norfolk.



3 thoughts on “The Battle of Gaza – a call for family stories

  1. Pingback: Another exciting project from The Forum Trust – Norfolk in World War One

  2. My uncle James Edward Reynolds of the 1st/5Bn Norfolk Regiment died at the second battle of Gaza on 19/4/17 He was 20 years old and came from Gressenhall near Derehan
    He was a private and his service number was240694
    He is buried at Gaza War Cemetery along with more than 200 other members of the Norfolk Reg
    A sad tale. Years ago I knew of a survivor of the battle who was still angry at what he called a tragedy that could have been avoided and the uneccessary lost of so many men
    According him the British advanced across level ground with little cover against an enemy well dug in and well armed with machine guns. History says that the high percentage of casualties in the 5th Battalion was amongst their worst in the war
    Please let me know if you discover any photos of the aftermath of the battle or of Private Eddy Reynolds who was much loved by his family

    • Dear Peter

      many thanks for sharing this with us, have you also contacted Sarah Power (named in the post) with these details?

      I have had a quick look on our Picture Norfolk catalogue to see if we have a photo of your relative there and I don’t think we do, however there are some images of the Norfolks during their time in Egypt and Gaza – if you go to Picture Norfolk and search for Gaza some images arrive.

      Images may yet appear of Pte Reynolds, the exhibition planned for April by the Forum about their Gaza research might be of interest to you too – more details as we get them.

      Norfolkinww1 team

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