Update on our Poppy Project from King’s Lynn

We are really touched by just how many people are responding to our Poppy Plea, and how it is encouraging people to connect with the history of their local areas. Today’s update comes from King’s Lynn.

Barbara from All Saints Church in Hillington Square, King’s Lynn writes:

Members of the congregation of the Church I attend, All Saint’, Hillington Square, King’s  Lynn  (http://www.allsaintskingslynn.org.uk/) were impressed to hear about your Project.  

We decided to produce a poppy for each life lost from our Parish, whose name is engraved on the memorial window in the Church, 169 in total.  

The response has been amazing and people were very keen to participate. We have made 220 poppies in total.  

The poppies are displayed on a board within the church and there are exactly 169 poppies within the Crucifix itself.

Barbara and her fellow knitters have also said that this memorial to the fallen of their Parish will stay on display until the end of September and then they are very kindly going to send all 220 poppies into our bigger project to contribute to our countywide memorial.

Thanks to Barbara for sharing this story with us. If you would like to make a poppy or 2 for our project then you can find all of the details here and please do let us know of any of your own Armistice 100 projects.

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A Hellesdon War Memorial Mystery

Our project to create a poppy for every name listed on the county’s war memorials has sparked a lot of interest and has also thrown up some interesting queries…

We’ve recently been talking on Twitter with Linda, a lady who has undertaken to create a poppy for all of the men listed on the Hellesdon War Memorial. More than this Linda is also researching the war history of all 15 men remembered there.

A recent image of Hellesdon War Memorial

Linda has made the fifteen poppies, and researched in to fourteen of the men but there is a real mystery surrounding the last man…

The soldier concerned is recorded on the memorial as William H Piercy but I can find no record of him in any records.

I have however found a William John Piercy who’s next of kin were living at Lower Hellesdon. 

I have been doing the research as part of the Hellesdon Community History Group and I’m stuck – could you forward this query on to anyone that can help guide me in the right direct to resolve this quandary.   

I think it is a transcription/typo error which I have had personal experience of within my own family.

We’ve done a little sleuthing by playing around with various spellings of the name and the initials on the Commonwealth War Graves website and found three possible men that could possibly be the man listed at Hellesdon.

Gunner W R Piercy #74009 whose parents are listed as living on Dereham Rd, Norwich

W J Piercy #43703 whose parents are listed as living in Eccles.

William Piercy #G/16306 but with no further details.

And this is where we call on your expertise – can anyone help Linda, as she says

His name would have been submitted to a “committee” for approval and I wonder where this would be and this record would have more information to help confirm his parents/date of birth etc. 

As ever if you can help with this query please leave a comment here / email norfolkinworldwar1@gmail.com or Tweet us @Norfolkinww1

A Family WW1 Event at the Millennium Library

Sister Poppy Day

Nursing in World War One – a story, craft and heritage event for the whole family.

Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library

16th August 11am-2pm.

It has been a little while since we’ve told you about a World War One event at the Millennium Library but we think that this one makes the wait worthwhile.

Author Brenda Gostling and illustrator Mik Richardson will be in the library reading their wonderful picture book ‘Sister Poppy at the Front,’ and after this there will be the chance to make a poppy for our Poppy Project and to colour in a specially created picture featuring Sister Poppy.

Sister Poppy at the Front is based on research that Brenda has undertaken into her family’s history during WW1 as well as drawing on first hand nursing accounts from the Front and to bring this historical aspect to the fore we are pleased that representatives from the Royal Norfolk Regimental Museum will also be in the library with some items from their own unique collections.

This event is a drop in session and is suitable for all ages. Copies of the book will be on sale during the day and Brenda and Mik will happily sign copies for you.

Sister Poppy is shown as a hare in this book and she is also part of the 2018 GoGoHares trail and can be found in Norwich Cathedral grounds – why not take a break from your hare hunting and join us in the library?

 

2018 Poppy Project Update

For various reasons there have been fewer posts going out on the blog over the last few months and we hope that is about to change and that we’ll be sharing more stories with you very soon.

In the meantime we’d like to say a huge

to everyone around the county who has been making and sending us poppies.

Behind the scenes we have been working on these and are starting to work out how they can be best displayed in the libraries around the county in November 2018.

Here are just a few (2215 to be precise) of the knitted poppies mounted on to bunting tape ready for display:

We also have lots of beautiful felt, plastic and paper poppies still to mount but this is an ongoing project and if you feel at all crafty please do swamp us with more – full details can be found here.