Update on a Broadland WW1 Commemoration Project

Over the last year we have been reporting on the great work that villagers in Neatishead, Irstead and Barton Turf have been doing to commemorate those from these villages who served during WW1, we have just received the following update from the chair of this project.

Living through World War One in three Norfolk Broadland Villages – Neatishead, Irstead and Barton Turf

Since receiving a grant of just under £10,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund in January 2014 for a two year project entitled “Living through World War One in three Norfolk Broadland Villages – Neatishead, Irstead and Barton Turf” the group has undertaken meticulous research to establish those men from our villages who served in WW1 and who were fortunate enough to return to their homes after it was all over.

Our three village churches all have memorials to those men who were sadly killed (32 men) during the war and we wanted to provide a memorial for all those from our villages who served in WW1.

Pte C H Plummer

Pte C H Plummer – one of the fallen from the three villages*.

The memorial plaque will be unveiled and dedicated during Remembrance Weekend, 7 th and 8 th November at the New Victory Hall, Neatishead, NR12 8AD.

All our research to date will be on display – Saturday 7th, 10am – 5pm and Sunday 8th, 12noon – 4pm. There will be information and photographs displayed about all those who served in WW1, which to date totals 140, from our villages together with medals and artefacts belonging to them.

You will also be able to find out about life here 100 years ago, what people wore and the games children played. Our beautiful handmade Community Chest and its contents will also be on display.

In addition to the exhibition, and in a joint venture with NABS (Neatishead and Barton Society), an original drama especially written for the project and set in our community “When I come home” will be performed on the evening on Saturday 7 th November at 7.30pm at the New Victory Hall – tickets available from the White House Stores, Neatishead.

On Sunday 8 th November at 10.45am the Three Villages Remembrance Service will take place at the New Victory Hall with dedication of the memorial plaque. We hope this weekend will give our community and a wider audience across Norfolk to remember those who served and gave their lives from our villages as well as an opportunity to appreciate their heritage and the contrast of the peace and tranquillity of rural life to the hell of the battlefields of WW1.

Memorial erected probably in 1924.

We will also remember, and pay tribute to Colin Gilbert, who gave so much of his time and expertise to this project and in whose memory the weekend will also be dedicated. Another aim of the project is that all our research will be available in some form for people to access, in order that the heritage of 100 years ago of Neatishead, Irstead and Barton Turf is not forgotten, and after Remembrance Weekend the group will be working on this.

“We will remember them.”

Claire Penstone-Smith, Chair, Neatishead, Irstead and Barton Turf Community Heritage Group (NIBCHG) Oct 2015

  • Charles Henry Plummer was born on 5th October 1895 in Neatishead; his father David was born in Neatishead and his mother Mary in Norwich, and he had a sister Gladys.  Charles and his sister both attended Neatishead School and were awarded many certificates for excellent attendance.  Charles never married but was engaged to Millicent Maud Blake when he signed up and saw military service with the 3rdBattalion, Coldstream Guards.   He sent many postcards home but sadly Charles died in action on 13th April 1918, aged 23 years.  The photo show the gravestone in memory of Charles, and his mother when it was first erected, probably in 1924, in the churchyard of St Peter’s Neatishead.  Since starting our project, we discovered a relative of Charles is living in the village and has kindly loaned us photos and artefacts which will be on display at our event on 7thand 8th  November together with more about Charles’ short life and all the others who served in WW1 from our villages.