A snapshot from the Yarmouth Mercury one hundred years on

This is a dispatch from Orla, one of the Community Librarians based in Great Yarmouth.

What is the finest death to die, And the fairest end to make? To feel as your country’s foemen fly And to die for Freedom’s sake! And to die with the young, this strong, the brave, A flush on your eager soul, Your body borne to a hero’s grave And your name on Honour’s Roll!

What is the finest death to die,
And the fairest end to make?
To feel as your country’s foemen fly
And to die for Freedom’s sake!
And to die with the young, this strong, the brave,
A flush on your eager soul,
Your body borne to a hero’s grave
And your name on Honour’s Roll!

In one week in February 1917 there were three reports of local men and their fate in the First World War in the Yarmouth Mercury:

The death is reported of Pte Sidney Charles Cooper of 80 George Street Yarmouth. Pte Cooper leaves a wife and two children following his death at the front in January. He was a 23 year old box maker employed by Mr Mills of Southtown and an old Church Road School boy. Pte Cooper was in the Essex Regiment.

Arthur E Turner of the Royal Naval Reserves is also reported as killed in action. Turner was formerly of Tower Street and his mother was still living at Caister. He was a married father of four with three brothers also in the Navy. Walter Turner was at this time interned in Holland.

The mother of Pte. E. Littlewood is seeking information on her son this month. Pte Littlewood is of B Company, 6th Platoon, 8th Norfolk’s and is late of the 6th Norfolk Cyclists. Littlewood was reported wounded in October and there has been no information since.

Also reported in the Mercury this month is a concert by blind musicians in aid of “our blinded heroes”. This convert of “unusually interesting character” took place at the Yarmouth Town Hall to aid the St. Dunstan’s Hostel for blinded soldiers and sailors. You can find out more about the St. Dunstan’s hostel here

concert-by-blind-musicians-at-great-yarmouth-town-hall

Visit Great Yarmouth library to access the Great Yarmouth Mercury 1914 to 1919 on microfilm, each week gives a fascinating insight into life at home and away during the Great War.

The Local Studies area in Great Yarmouth library

The Local Studies area in Great Yarmouth library

 

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