Remembering Wilfred George Lake

The team from Wood Norton have shared some more research with us about a man appearing on their war memorial but while they’ve found out lots about Wilfred George Lake if anyone help tell the stories of his siblings it would be wonderful.


Wilfred George Lake was the youngest son of William and Mary Ann Lake, born in Wood Norton and baptised on the 12th April 1896 at All Saints, Wood Norton (see Figure 1).[1]

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We Will Remember Them

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission Living Memory Project.


All summer we and many others have been commemorating the hundredth anniversary of the Battle of the Somme.  The Commonwealth War Graves Commission project is called “Living Memory” and they want to make a point of remembering the war graves that are located in the UK – amazingly there are about 300 000 of them.

The Norfolkinworldwar1 team have been contacted by the CWGC to see if we can help remember the war graves that are located in Norfolk – their research has shown that there are 514 graves in the Earlham Road cemetery in Norwich and 275 graves in Caister Old Cemetary.

The Battle of the Somme officially ended on 18th November 1916 and the CWGC would like to remember the men (and possibly women) who are buried in Norfolk’s cemeteries – not necessarily just the two we’ve mentioned here.

If you are interested in finding out more about tVhis project and would like to lay flowers on these graves to remember these people please do contact the @CWGC #LivingMemories project coordinator Virginia – her email is and she’d love to hear from you.


If you do get involved in this project then please do let us know and we’ll mention it here too.

Many thanks on behalf of the Norfolkinworldwar1 team and the Living Memory project!


Battle of the Somme Visiting Exhibition at RAF Air Defence Radar Museum

Walter (sitting) and Richard (standing) Allard, born in Barton Turf, both lost their lives during the Battle of the Somme – aged 21 and 23 respectively.

There is a ‘Visiting Exhibition’at the RAF Air Defence Radar Museum, Neatishead put together by Neatishead, Irstead and Barton Turf Community Heritage Group. It commemorates the Battle of the Somme which took place from 1st July to 18th November 1916 and has come to symbolise the enormous losses and dreadful conditions of the First World War.

Almost every community across the United Kingdom was deeply affected by the loss of men who had gone to fight.

Grave at St Peter’s Church Neatishead of Alfred Tooley who was fatally wounded at the Battle of the Somme.

A summary and accompanying maps explain the plans beforehand and the course of the battle.

Read about the lives of the 12 men from the villages who paid the ultimate sacrifice together with the Norfolk Regiments’ involvement in the Battle.

The exhibition will be there all of August.

This is part of a WW1 project undertaken by the group, details of which can be found at

Claire Penstone-Smith

Chair, Neatishead, Irstead & Barton Turf Community Heritage Group

Gresham’s Remembers

The wonderful work that staff and pupils of Gresham’s School are undertaking to commemorate the staff and pupils from the school continues this July as they remember those who fell at the Battle of the Somme.



Gresham’s School will be remembering those who fell at the Somme on 1 July with a special service in conjunction with Holt Primary School. Pupils will carry a lantern for each of the ten Old Greshamians and one member of staff who lost their lives  between 1 July and 27 July 1916 and a short profile of each will be read out.

We are researching the fallen for our commemorative website- – and profiles of the Somme fallen will be posted in due course.

Please get in touch via the website  if you would like information on any of the following in the meantime – George Fenchelle, Walter Gissing, Henry Scott-Holmes, Geoffrey Barratt, Henry Russell, Mark Hill, John Foster, Douglas Richardson, Archibald Gilmour, Dawson Atkin, and Geoffrey Day.

George Fenchelle  - who is one of the OGs who will be remembered on 1 July - as captain of the 1913 rugby team.

George Fenchelle – who is one of the OGs who will be remembered on 1 July – as captain of the 1913 rugby team.