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Saturday’s EDP honours more than 16,000 men and women from our region lost in the First World War

14:07 01 August 2014

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In Saturday’s Eastern Daily Press, we reproduce every name of the 16,500 individuals from Norwich and all towns and villages across our region who marched off to war and never came back.

A century on from the start of the First World War, the EDP pays tribute, name after name, village by village, and town by town, to those who left our region, never to return.

Our special supplement will, we hope, help to bring home to readers something of the devastating impact of of the First World War and help them to remember its human cost.

Indeed, the high death toll from our region were said to represent, by proportion, the greatest sacrifice made by any part of the entire country.

Among them are grocers, fishermen, accountants, headteachers, farm workers and a myriad other professions, men who had answered the call to fight.

Every one of those names tells a story - of personal tragedy and family loss - and we recount many of these tales: From the father whose wife and four children - one of whom he had never met - walked from Hemblington, near Blofield, to Norwich station, where his train was passing on his way to the front, only to miss him by minutes; to the Lowestoft fishing skipper who - his legs shot off by a German shell - ordered his crew to throw him overboard to improve their chances of survival. They refused and, moments later, he passed away in the arms of his son, also on board.

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