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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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.

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.

Divers explore the wreckage of a German U-boat, 55 miles off Caister. Photo: Lamlash North Sea Diving

A survey of the sea bed 55 miles off the coast of Caister has unearthed an unexpected piece of history - a German U-boat from the First World War.

Photo dated 01/07/1916 of British soldiers from 331 Infantry waiting to advance on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.  Photo credit: PA Wire.

Poets such as Siegfried Sassoon and Rupert Brooke are well known for their poignant words about the First World War.

Soldiers waiting to go off to fight in the First World War, 'standing easy' on the platform of Norwich Station. Caption and picture taken from the book: Memories of Thorpe Hamlet, Norwich.

Messages penned by hundreds of servicemen as they made their way to and from the First World War are being published for the first time.

Lt Sophie Tasker, front, project officer, with members of the team launching the Norfolk Remembers Project. From 2nd front, 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

They are the monuments that commemorate the men who gave their todays for our tomorrows.

Horsforth School, in Leeds are trying to trace the family of Private Richard Matthews. Pictured: Private Richard Matthews. Picture: Yorkshire Evening Post

It has gone down in history of as the bloodiest day in the history of the British Army.

Norwich Cathedral library. Librarian and curator Dr Gudrun Warren.

A look at the historic texts in Norwich Cathedral’s library takes readers on a journey through the past of the centuries-old city landmark. Arts correspondent Emma Knights speaks to librarian and curator Gudrun Warren about 10 highlights on the bookshelves.

John Davies, chief curator of Norfolk Museums Service, at Norwich Castle.

A Bronze Age dagger which spent years being used as a doorstop, embroideries carefully stitched by a First World War soldier as he recovered from pneumonia and a brass ring, which was made to look like gold for a rural wedding...

Cley-Next-The-Sea Harbour clearance project organiser Simon Read who's trying to to clear the Quay so that boats can sail around it once again. After years of neglect and the river way slitting up and becoming unnavigable.


For years Cley Quay has remained a shadow of its former self.

Medals belonging to Bertie Muteham have been returned to his family in Thetford after they won them on Ebay.
His great neice Rosemary Snowdon with her mother and Bertie's neice Dorothy Knights.

The Muteham family paid a heavy price during the First World War.

Tramlines are laid in St Stephen's, Norwich. The tram service began in 1900 and lasted until 1935.

The first proper public transport system had an extraordinary impact on the life of the people of Norwich.

Blofield Church marking the centenary of the First World War by ringing the church bells 100 times on the anniversary of each local man’s death. Bell ringer Kenny Frostwick .Photo : Steve Adams

They fell, many miles from home, while serving their country, whether in the trenches, on its ships or in its aircraft.

Artist Paddy Hartley with his textile sculpture, called Norman Eric Wallace, of a vintage war uniform embroidered to describe the treatment of soldiers in the First World War, inspired by surgeon Sir Harold Gillies, as part of an exhibition at the Museum of Norwich. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

A work of art inspired by the story of an injured First World War serviceman and the surgeon who treated him features in a new exhibition at the Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell.

The plans, correspondence and expenses for the building of Chinese boathouse built in Cawston Park by Richard Bothway Howard's father Norman Bothway Howard.


He served as a soldier in the First World War and went on to design buildings across Norfolk.

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