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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Norfolk and Suffolk

A national event to mark the end of the slaughterhouse that was World War One will see 100 town criers enlisted by its Gorleston-based organiser.

Centuries ago, one of the biggest horse-trading fairs took place in a small market town in West Norfolk.

Photographs taken by a Sheringham woman which highlight the breadth of women’s roles in the First World War have been revealed to mark International Women’s Day.

Sheringham Town Council is appealing to local businesses, organisations and individuals to help shape a week-long series of events commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.

The role of “our boys” in the First World War is often much celebrated.

A Victoria Cross and other awards won by Norwich-born Corporal Sidney Day fetched nearly £200,000 at a London auction.

A village which lost one in six of its young men to the First World War is pledging to remember them all.

A parish council in Norfolk is hoping to pay tribute to those who served in the First World War with a new memorial shelter.

Every month Ancient House Museum talks about an object which has some significance in the history of Thetford.

This month’s object is an unused original postcard from around 1908 depicting Harry Bensley - the man who attempted to walk around the world in an iron mask.

In 1986 Norwich-born Steve Hopwood lost two of his limbs and almost his life in a motorcycle accident in Cambridge.

A Victoria Cross and other awards won by one of the most extraordinary survivors of the First and Second World Wars, are to go on auction later this month.

This year marks 100 years of women’s suffrage - a century ago Britain became a fairer, more democratic place to live.

Suffragettes across the nation fought for many years to win the vote - here’s how they did it.

Faded flags that flew over wartime hospitals are set to ‘fly’ again thanks to a friend of the current care complex.

A former bookshop owner escaped to the country and found himself living in a 17th century Norfolk cottage which inspired him to learn a little more about his new home.

Grants of up to £250 are being offered to help community groups commemorate the 100th anniversary of the First World War.

Residents of a South Norfolk Village are being invited to attend the launch of a Community Heritage Project.

A celebratory event has marked the 150th birthday of a prince who dedicated much of his life to preserving the heritage of Norfolk and Suffolk.

They were deadly air raids that brought death and terror to Great Yarmouth and King’s Lynn 103 years ago today.

He was a man of prestigious ancestry who devoted his life to saving some of Norfolk and Suffolk’s most precious landmarks, as well as preserving its rich heritage for future generations.

Gravestones, pictures in brass or glass and sculptures of whole families are just some of the ways the dead are remembered in churches across Norfolk. Find out more in a new Norwich lecture series.

During the four years of the First World War, only four residents lost their lives due to the bombing of Great Yarmouth and Gorleston.

Historians have been provided with a fresh insight into the life of a Norfolk suffragette thanks to help from the public.

People across Suffolk are being urged to embrace bell ringing and take up the historic pastime – with the aim of every bell tower in Suffolk to be ringing out this November for the Centenary of the Armistice.

From a celebration of Norwich Castle itself, to a show centred around the intriguing history behind a 17th century Norfolk painting, to a look at the legacy of the First World War, there are a hat-trick of new exhibitions to look forward to at the historic venue in 2018.

People across Norfolk have been urged to ring out the old and ring in a new hobby in 2018 - to help save the ancient art of bell-ringing.

Former soldier David Rowley will once again make his way to Cromer’s new cemetery over the festive period to leave poppies on the military graves and make sure those that died are remembered.

In 1940 Winston Churchill declared ‘We shall fight them on the beaches’, but as local historian Chris Weston explains, in a previous war it was more a case of fighting them over the beaches – and a Norfolk site played a key part.

Six of East Anglia’s most famous archaeological sites are making waves on the other side of the world. Trevor Heaton reports on how our heritage really is ‘big in Japan’.

A new book celebrates the life of one of Norfolk’s most gallant war heroes, Hugh Seagrim, and his equally remarkable ‘lieutenant’. Trevor Heaton talked to its author Philip Davies.

With its shiny red paintwork it looks as good as when it first rolled off the production line at the Great Ryburgh Farmers Foundry many years ago.

It was a day that the guns fell silent after more than four years of bloodshed in the trenches.

A Second World War veteran is appealing for information about his father who served in the First World War.

A housebuilder made a Second World War pillbox the centrepiece of a memorial garden at its new development in Aylsham.

A booklet tracing the history of a “poor relation” drill hall has been produced to help spread the word about its important role.

A group of locals held a special ceremony to salute the Pakefield men who died during the First World War.

A long-cherished project to restore Cromer’s decaying war memorial is finally under way, after four years of fundraising.

Hundreds gathered at the war memorial on Lowestoft’s Royal Plain to remember those who have given their lives fighting for their country.

A century ago the Battle of Passchendaele came to an end.

The free First World War Women of Norfolk on Active Service exhibition at The Forum, in Norwich, charts the role of women during the conflict. Here, military historian and author NEIL STOREY reveals 10 fascinating facts about females in the war.

A memorial to 105 men who died in the First World War has been blessed and officially rededicated at a Great Yarmouth school.

The churchwarden of a Norfolk village has appealed for help in honouring its only fallen soldier.

The crucial role women played in the First World War will be celebrated at a series of talks which poignantly coincide with Armistice Day.

Norfolk County Council has issued a plea for schoolchildren, community groups and creative individuals to help it amass a sea of poppies next year.

Women who volunteered at a Regency-era north Norfolk hall during the First World War will be celebrated as part of a new exhibition.

For many people, the First World War conjures up images of “our boys” courageously fighting in the trenches, sacrificing their lives in the service of their country. But this weekend, an exhibition opens to celebrate the often forgotten but just as significant contribution made by women to the war effort.

Residents of a North Norfolk town have celebrated the news that a hefty donation has been made to the rennovation of their war memorial.

From Abraham Lincoln’s ancestral home to Thomas Paine, East Anglia has a strong connection with the United States of America.

Royal Fabergé - part of a new Russia-themed exhibition at Norwich’s Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts – explores the story of the famous artist-jewellers and their links with the Royal family. Its curator

Ian Collins tells the tale of an item with a poignant local connection.

Russian art is taking centre stage at Norwich’s Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts in two new and contrasting exhibitions opening this weekend.

They can be found in homes and halls across the county but how much do we really now about them.

A memorial service was held in remembrance of the those who fought in the Battle of Gallipoli during the First World War.

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