Images from the Archives

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Images from the archives – Sugar Registration Notice

This is just one of several hundred newly digitised original photographs, posters and notices connected with the First World War in Norfolk. The material is held in the collections of the Norfolk Heritage Centre, Norfolk Record Office and Norfolk Museums Service. Over the course of the next few years the images will be posted on http://www.picture.norfolk.gov.uk/ (the online picture archive run by Norfolk County Council Library and Information Service).

 

The Wood Norton War Memorial

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Wood Norton War Memorial, All Saints Church

As part of the Wood Norton Heritage Project, work began in June 2015 on researching the war memorial in All Saints Church and the men whose names appear on it.  The memorial, For God, King and Country, was made by Hughes, Bolckow & Co. Ltd, battleship breakers in Blyth, Northumberland.  An advertisement taken from The Bystander in February 1917 offers the memorial at a total cost of £6 10s 0d, as a fitting and enduring Memorial to the Patriotism of Britain’s Sons.  The memorial is made from teak and copper materials salvaged from H.M.S. Britannia, and takes the form of a triptych, with a shelf at the bottom of the central panel upon which flowers or a commemorative wreath can be placed.  The names of the servicemen are inscribed on the left and right hand panels under the heading Roll of Honour.  The central panel bears a copper cross under the heading Greater Love Hath No Man Than This, and the names of the servicemen who died are here inscribed, each name bearing a gold asterisk which corresponds with the words The Heroic Dead at the bottom of the panel.

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Images from the archives

30129075885849Norwich, Blackfriars War Exhibition stand in 1919, showing field equipment, shell cases and the nose of a ‘Sopwith Snipe Machine’ plane! From the collections of Museum of Norwich at The Bridewell. This is just one of several hundred newly digitised original photographs, posters and notices connected with the First World War in Norfolk. The material is held in the collections of the Norfolk Heritage Centre, Norfolk Record Office and Norfolk Museums Service. Over the course of the next few years the images will be posted on Picture Norfolk (the online picture archive run by Norfolk County Council Library and Information Service).

War Letters: August 21st, 1917

These are extracts from letters sent by local men, printed in the Carrow Works Magazine during the First World War. The magazine was published quarterly for Colman’s staff. More than 900 workers at Colman’s Carrow Road works signed up during the conflict. 

From Private J. Swift, in a hospital in Yorkshire, to Mr Beales.
August 21st, 1917.

“… I am getting much better, but it will take some time yet before I am able to have my bed, but I must be thankful I can turn from one side to another without the assistance of a nurse. I had fifteen wounds in my back. I went under one operation in France, and two since I have been here. Think all the metal is out now. Kindly remember me to teachers and scholars of the First-Day School. It has come awfully hard to me to lie in bed five weeks. I hope it will not be another five weeks, but the doctors are quite pleased with my progress..”

War Letters: August 16th, 1917

These are extracts from letters sent by local men, printed in the Carrow Works Magazine during the First World War. The magazine was published quarterly for Colman’s staff. More than 900 workers at Colman’s Carrow Road works signed up during the conflict. 

From Bombardier Sydney W. Smith, Palestine, to Mr Beales.
August 16th, 1917.

“… Although for the past few months I have had to adopt the roving habits of the Bedouin, and have wandered about the Sinai Peninsula and Southern Palestine, yet I am glad to say the Magazine has eventually reached me; but upon perusing it, although glad to learn of those who have won honours, I am sorry for those who have fallen in battle, especially my old workmate, Walter Copland.

Having spent a considerable time in the desert we are well climatised, but the heat at times is very trying , both to men and horses… Lucky is the man who has the fortune to bivouac for the night near one of the few oases there are in this district, for they then have the opportunity of getting figs, grapes, pomegranates, prickly pears and dates, as these fruits are now in season…”