As promised last month here is some more information about the graffiti that inspired the Scars of War project that took place in West Norfolk this autumn. We are very grateful to Kevin Hitchcock for all the research he has undertaken uncovering the fascinating stories behind the names. This post is all about one man who left his mark, literally in the tower of King’s Lynn library.
Born 1893, died October 1916 Somme.
Aubrey Cato was born in the quiet and picturesque Cotswold region of Oxfordshire. His father was a shepherd, his mother died when he was only a year old, perhaps due to complications caused by child-birth. Before the war he was living in Bampton and working as a farm labourer. Bampton is a small town now famous for being used as a film location for Downton Abbey. They were not a wealthy family and times were difficult for farm workers, but he would’ve been comfortable working with horses, and when war came, Aubrey volunteered to join his county Yeomanry, the Queen’s Own Oxfordshire Hussars (QOOH). He did not join alone, his best friend and near neighbour, William Hudson joined too.