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East Anglia at War

Over the four years of the centenary of the First World War, this site will be bringing you extensive coverage of the commemorations, as well as stories from the conflict.

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Claud Castleton, from Lowestoft, who was awarded the Victoria Cross in the first world war

The Lowestoft builder’s son with a thirst for adventure had been seeking his fortune in one of the remotest corners of the British empire when war broke out.

A commemorative Victoria Cross stone being unveiled in Lowestoft in memory of Claude Castleton who fought in the First World War.
During the service.

Picture: James Bass

He was an ordinary man who made the most extraordinary of sacrifices on a First World War battlefield.

Corporal Sidney James Day, V.C.

A forgotten hero of the First World War is finally to be honoured with a permanent memorial in the city he called home – 100 years after his extraordinary acts of bravery.

The York Tavern on Leicester Street.

This is the story of two photographs which were displayed on a pub wall in Norwich. Then they disappeared. One reappeared and the other has been lost.... or has it?

The Sedgeford dig continues for another summer, with a new trench being dug, and unearthing the footings of a bulding. Picture: Matthew Usher.

It’s an archaeological dig that has outlasted the popular TV series Time Team, and shows no signs of coming to an end just yet.

Pupils at Gresham's School and Holt Primary take part Norfolk Remembers

Today is the day the people of Norfolk are being urged to commemorate the county’s fallen soldiers by helping ensure every First World War memorial receives a visit.

Lt Sophie Tasker, left, project officer, with members of the team launching the Norfolk Remembers Project. From 2nd left, Sophie Conroy, head of public facing activity at the Forum; Peter Martin, researcher; and Lt Col David Carter, of the Cambridge University Officer' Training Corps. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Organisers of a campaign to remember Norfolk’s fallen First World War soldiers have issued a rallying cry for public support.

Scenes from the Downham Market Somme Memorial Service at the War Memorial in Downham. Picture: Matthew Usher.

The commemorations continued today with the town’s community gathering at the war memorial to remember those who lost their lives in one of the bloodiest battles of the First World War.

Six scout members died in the sailing boat disaster on the River Waveney at Somerleyton on June 1, 1914. Survivor Stanley Wood died in the Battle of the Somme two years later. Picture: Supplied.

It stands as a lasting tribute to the tragedy which saw a group of sea scouts drown in a Broads boating accident in 1914 – and to its equally poignant postscript.

The strike at Bullards in Norwich. The man at the front (holding the poster) with the eye-patch was Albert Crowe of Lakenham. He has been recognised by his son Victor, now aged 90. And yes, the worker did get his job back.

At last... the story of the brewery strike in Norwich many years ago following the sacking of a worker after a cat was found in a beer vessel can be told.

Robert Kybird, left, and David Osborne at the Thetford Remembers photo exhibition.

A photographic exhibition has built a bigger picture of the First World War after people loaned their memorabilia and pictures in aid of a remembrance project.

HEMSBY VILLAGE

A slideshow about Hemsby during the lifetime of the Queen attracted nearly 30 people to the Barn Room last Friday. It was presented by Kenny Chaney and Andrew Fakes.

Sgt Ives

The Military Medal and three other medals awarded to a Norfolk war hero are expected to sell for around £600 at an auction later this month.

Can you throw any light on this photograph - and the curious incident which triggered the labour dispute?

They talk about the “good old days” when Norwich was a “making city” – a time when thousands of men and women worked in the breweries, shoe factories, engineering plants and the like.

Bow torpedo tubes arrangement. Picture: Wessex Archaeology © Historic England/Crown Copyright

As she raced to engage the enemy after their bold raid on Great Yarmouth, HMS D5 struck a mine left by the fleeing German vessels.

Ronnie Wright and Colin Seal

Visitors are being encouraged to take a step back in time in Sheringham.

Undated handout photo issued by the National Museum of the Royal Navy of dreadnought battleships of the Grand Fleet on patrol in the North Sea, as the 100th anniversary of the most important sea battle of the First World War is to be marked with a major exhibition. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday January 24, 2016. The Battle of Jutland, in which more than 8,500 men died, is being remembered as

A service to commemorate the centenary of what has been called the deadlist naval battle during the First World War will be held next week in Great Yarmouth.

The Battle of Jutland, in which more than 8,500 men died, is being remembered as

Parishioners in Lord Nelson’s home village will be marking the centenary of the Battle of Jutland by displaying the ensign of one of the warships involved in the encounter.

Newly commissioned headstone and ledger stone for Edith Cavell, created by award-winning lettercutter, typographer and sculptor, Wayne Hart, pictured. Photo: Paul Hurst

A poignant service on Sunday will see the new grave of executed nurse First World War Edith Cavell blessed and dedicated.

Bombardment of a house in Cleveland Road, north side, on April 25, 1916. Pictures: JOHN HOLMES

It was the moment the war came to our region, with devastating force.

A special tree planting ceremony at Beccles Museum to celebrate the Queen's 90th Birthday.

PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Events were held across the Waveney Valley today to wish the Queen a happy 90th birthday.

WW2 veteran Philip Ward from West Winch, has received the Legion d'Honneur from the French government for his part in the Battle of Normandy. Picture: Matthew Usher.

A 91-year-old Second World War veteran who saw action during the Battle of Normandy has been rewarded for his bravery by the French government.

Thetford Rememebers is a scheme set up to gather as many memories from local people of friends, family and memorabilla from the First World War. Mayor Robert Kybird at the Ancient House museum where they will be holding a bring along event.

A project to commemorate Thetford’s contribution to the First World War is asking the community to dig out any memorabilia it may have from the conflict as it looks to put on a special photographic exhibition.

Norfolk war memorials listed in the last year include Kelling:  © Paul Stamper / Historic England.

Norfolk war memorials in Cawston, Wood Dalling, Gaywood, Methwold and Kelling are among hundreds to be listed in the past year to mark the centenary of the First World War.

Undated handout photo issued by the National Museum of the Royal Navy of dreadnought battleships of the Grand Fleet on patrol in the North Sea, as the 100th anniversary of the most important sea battle of the First World War is to be marked with a major exhibition. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday January 24, 2016. The Battle of Jutland, in which more than 8,500 men died, is being remembered as

The sacrifice of the hundreds of thousands of soldiers who lost their lives in the trenches of the First World War is burned on the nation’s collective memory.

Beccles Museum is getting ready to open for the Easter weekend with a new exhibition of artefacts found in the local area. Museum curator Robert Bacon with an ancient spoon.  PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Ancient relics and artefacts unearthed by people gardening, clearing ditches or renovating houses are to be the focus of Beccles Museum’s first temporary exhibition of the year.

The aviation museum has a new replica Thor missile. Pictured is Bill Welbourne. Picture: Ian Burt

It was the ultimate Cold War weapon, capable of unleashing immense destruction on targets hundreds of miles away, at the touch of a button.

Brian Farrow, Sheringham RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager, and Anne Little, Sheringham RNLI volunteer shop manager with examples of the postcards.

A charity which saves lives at sea and relies on public donations to survive has been gifted a treasure trove of rare embroidered silk postcards dating back to the early 1900s.

Historic photograph of the Waterways and boating lake, from the collection of Dr Paul Davies.

It is among our region’s most cherished attractions. Now the public is being asked to assist in an unusual way to help revive Great Yarmouth’s historic Waterways.

Undated handout photo issued by the National Museum of the Royal Navy of dreadnought battleships of the Grand Fleet on patrol in the North Sea, as the 100th anniversary of the most important sea battle of the First World War is to be marked with a major exhibition. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday January 24, 2016. The Battle of Jutland, in which more than 8,500 men died, is being remembered as

It was the greatest naval clash of the First World War.

Ditchingham War Memorial

A workshop on how to conserve and protect community war memorials is being held as part of a project to commemorate the First World War.

Holt GP Peter Brueggeman is creating a replica of The Red Baron's First World War flying Fokker Dreidecker.
PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

It soared daringly above the First World War battlefields, bringing conflict to the skies.

Olive Edis photo of fisherman

Cromer Museum re-opens for the season today at the start of an important year in its bid to champion the work of north Norfolk pioneer photographer Olive Edis (1876-1955).

The First World War Memorial in Norwich Castle. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The names and deeds of thousands of soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice in the First World War will be unlocked from the keep of Norwich Castle and fully restored to take pride of place in City Hall.

Steve Dunn's talk in King's Lynn - Admiral Troubridge. Pictures submitted

He saw his Royal Navy career stall after he was court martialled for his alleged cowardice in one of the most controversial episodes of the First World War.

Diss war memorial.

Standing in many towns and villages, they are the solemn tributes to those who marched off to war, never to return.

Work in progress on the new first-floor extension to Sheringham's Mo Museum. Picture: CHRISTAYLORPHOTO.CO.UK

Work is well under way on a £1.4m extension to Sheringham’s Mo Museum which will help tell the proud tale of its life-saving heritage.

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