Can you help us to remember everyone from our region who fell during the First World War?
PUBLISHED: 09:34 04 August 2014 | UPDATED: 09:34 04 August 2014
On this poignant day, The Eastern Daily Press, Norwich Evening News and online titles unveil a campaign to honour all those who fell in the First World War.
Through four years of commemoration, we will update the original list of names, drawn up in the immediate aftermath of the conflict, detailing those from Norfolk, North Suffolk and East Cambridgeshire who made the ultimate sacrifice.
In this epic operation we will be helped by this region’s towns and villages, some of whom have been updating their own files as Great War commemoration projects, and the three county records offices.
We have digitised many of the names, for the first time, and published them in our special Weekend supplement over the weekend.
As we stated, it was likely there would be omissions, given the scale of the original undertaking after the war and that some records were incomplete to this day.
In our initial research we uncovered several missing names and now readers have come forward with more. We want this process to continue.
To ensure that no man, or woman, is forgotten, we will be researching all apparent omissions and updating the roll, where appropriate.
Keith Simpson, the Broadland MP and historian, has welcomed the project. “The EDP supplement listing the villages and towns with their war dead was a marvellous contribution to the history of Norfolk in the First World War,” he said.
“By 2018, or before, we should have a definitive listing of all the names. What a thing that would be to have.”
In some cases, it may be that the names from some villages are actually named in others.
However, it seems that in some cases, the researchers after the war overlooked some villages entirely.
Among them are Horning, West Walton, Gillingham, Reedham, Bawdeswell, Tilney St Lawrence, Raynhams (East and West), Gooderstone, Boughton, Oxborough, Barton Bendish, Titchwell, Gayton, Stow Bedon and Breckles.
Today we provide the names of the dead from Reepham, as well as more from our area of north Suffolk.
Throughout the coming weeks, as we investigate each case and cross-check names to avoid duplication, we will add the names to the updated roll.
During the four years, once our work is complete, we’ll publish one final, definitive supplement and will place it in the records offices of our three counties to ensure they can be cherished for all time.
■ If you believe you are aware of a name – or place – that should be included, please contact us, via email: firstname.lastname@example.org