|British Voting Reforms
The Representation of the People Act receives Royal Assent, thus extending the right to vote to almost all British men as well as women aged over 30.
|Local Celebrity Killed
It was reported that professional dancer, Mr Vernon Castle died in a flying accident on the 15 Feb 1918.
Food rationing begins in London and the south of Britain.
|Donation to Norwich Library
The Norwich Library Committee receives a map and a wax model of part of the Somme battlefields from Lieut.-Col. W. A. J. O’Mearea, C.M.G., whom during his stay in Norwich spent his leisure time making the model.
|Peace Outline Announced
American President Woodrow Wilson announces ’14 Points’ that he believes could form the basis for a peace agreement.
|Local Boy Feted
Ex-Norwich Grammar School student, Captain Philip Fletcher Fullard, D. S. O., M.C., is celebrated for his achievements in bringing down 42 enemy machines and 3 balloons in the last six months of flying.
A sum of 16s raised through Christmas Dinner donations in Blicking was given to the fund for blinded soldiers’ children.
One month after the Balfour declaration supporting a Jewish homeland within Palestine, Jerusalem is taken by the British ending 673 years of Turkish rule.
|Record War Saving Totals
The City of Norwich School War Savings Association, which was founded in July 1916, has now received subscriptions of over £1000 exclusive of withdrawals.
|Bolsheviks Sue for Peace
The Bolshevik government in Russia signs an armistice with the Germans, suspending hostilities on the Eastern Front
|A Reminder to Farmers
The Norfolk War Agricultural Committee reminds farmers that it is essential to release lads of 18 and 19 years of age, unless very exceptional circumstances exist. Skilled men previously employed on farm work are being made available and every effort will be made to readjust labour requirements without damage to food production.
Unlike Nicholas Robert Colman, who’s Cambrai story we published earlier today to mark the 100th anniversary of the battle, this story has a more positive ending and we thank Dave Cole for sharing his great-grandfather’s story with us. As ever if any of our readers can add more to the story then we’d love to hear about it.
my research began with the interest of my daughter in our family history. A part of that history was those men who served in WW1, based on a handful of photographs, and in the case of George Burlingham, a very small collection of papers relating to his Military service – most of which are pictured in the blog. The blog itself came about due to the desire to share the stories of those men with the wider family around the world, and a blog seemed the most concise way of preserving the story and memory in electronic shareable form.
First World War Women of Norfolk: On Active Service Exhibition
The Forum, Norwich, is launching a new exhibition celebrating the remarkable effort made by women across Norfolk on active service during the First World War.
Running from Saturday 4 November to Sunday 19 November in The Forum Gallery and the Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library, the free exhibition brings their stories to life. Continue reading