We’ve recently been contacted by a blog reader who let us know about a wonderful website his son has created charting the war of John Locke from Thetford:
Jack in uniform
The website creator (and John’s great-grandson) says
The website features a transcript of the war diary of Jack Lock, a soldier who fought in World War One with the 4th Battalion Norfolk Regiment. The diary covers his time during the Gallipoli Campaign and he records, in vivid detail, his first experiences of war during that chaotic conflict. The site also features scans of the diary, a biography and several photographs.
John ‘Jack’ Locke in later life
As a team we’ve spent hours reading through this treasure and we hope that you all enjoy it too!
If you have a similar project or family story to tell please do drop us a line on email@example.com and we’ll do our very best to feature it here!
From records held at the Norfolk Record Office and newspaper archives at Norfolk Heritage Centre.
As horses and men were sent to the Front, there was an urgent need for both to be replaced at home to maintain food supplies. Women replaced many of the men while tractors replaced many of the horses.
The Norfolk Regiment in Mesopotamia
Captivity in Turkey: from the diaries of Lieutenant Colonel Francis Cecil Lodge
January – June 1917
This is a continuation of the postings of 16 November, 2016 and 26 May, 2017. Some entries have been omitted if they are unduly repetitious, or where they contain financial details other than about pay or refer to private family matters. The diaries are held in the archives of the Royal Norfolk Regimental Museum.