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

The vital role of the railways in the First World War was brought into sharp focus at a Tracks and Trenches living history weekend hosted by the North Norfolk Railway.

They worked hard and knew how to enjoy themselves...Norwich shoemakers were a breed apart and there were thousands of them.

Only three other places – London, Northampton and Leicester – produced more shoes than Norwich, where there were at least 30 factories turning out millions of pairs, mostly for ladies and children.

The search is on for descendants of young soldier Cecil Henry Bowles from Fakenham 100 years since his death in the First World War when his troop carrier was torpedoed off the Italian coast.

A memorial to hundreds of bank staff who served in the First World War could be on the move for the first time in almost a century.

The search to find out more about a Royal Navy ship that was sunk in the First World War has led to a heartfelt meeting between a harbourmaster, whose great uncle was killed in the tragedy, and the diver who is keeping the memory alive.

John Turner was an unlikely hero in an improbable battle. A century after a little-known naval clash in which armed British drifters fought Austrian cruisers, Steve Snelling salutes the magnificent courage of a Norfolk fisherman turned man o’ war.

Opinion: Trevor Heaton hears about Imagined Land, an innovative two-year project to link the arts with archaeology and help two Norfolk communities celebrate their true ‘sense of place’.

They came from the other side of the world to fight during the First World War, enduring terrible conditions far away from home.

The Forum in Norwich is hosting a special First World War exhibition to mark the centenary of the Second Battle of Gaza.

Did you know that one of the infamous Cambridge spies went to Gresham’s in Holt?

The final resting place of a serviceman who died in conflict in Palestine 100 years ago has, at long last, been located thanks to a community project that looks back at the lives of soldiers from a small Norfolk village who fought in the First World War.

In an age of social media, email and the internet, letters may be becoming a thing of the past but 100 years ago they were one of the only universal means of long distance communication.

An author is trying to trace families devastated by the loss of the Sandringham Company at Gallipoli.

Imagine having a natter with Lord Nelson or a catch up with Edith Cavell – that is what those interested in Norwich’s historical figures could be doing in a bid to give the city’s statues a voice of their own.

Four humble landworkers from a small mid Norfolk village who were victims of the First World War will be remembered in a moving choir performance.

People are being invited to attend a special ceremony honouring a decorated First World War soldier from Drayton exactly a century since his act of great heroism which led to him receiving the Victoria Cross.

A Distinguished Service Medal and four other medals awarded to one of the first Norfolk men to join the Royal Air Force are set to fetch about £1,000 at auction.

Airmen dashing about in goggles and leather caps, the purr of propellers, fragile biplanes lifting off and landing with a bump and a hop.

Set in the fictional town of Walmington-on-Sea, Dad’s Army was written by Jimmy Perry and David Croft.

A historian from Fulmodeston, near Fakenham, is taking part in a new exhibition at The Forum in Norwich which focuses on identifying people in old photographs.

Swaffham’s war memorial is getting spruced up in time for the town’s centenary celebrations next year to mark the end of the First World War.

A new book looks at the lives of some of the most remarkable Norfolk women of the early 20th century. Trevor Heaton catches up with its author, local historian Frank Meeres.

An historic war memorial has been protected for future generations after achieving special heritage status.

It is one of the treasures of East Anglia, a Jacobean marvel with connections with the famous Boleyn family. But as Trevor Heaton discovers, Blickling Hall can claim a part in another key historical story – the struggle for Indian independence.

Volunteers made the discovery while moving their collection from the store there to its new archive at the nearby Mo Museum.

They were the early days of aviation, when brave young men took to the skies in flimsy machines and fought for freedom on a wing and prayer.

In July one of the muddiest and bloodiest battles of the First World War will be remembered.

Traders are hoping a seaside resort’s rich history will help get the tills ringing.

Their ‘reign’ only last a few decades, but Norwich’s trams helped shape the city centre street scene we see today, as local historian CHRIS WESTON explains.

All Saints Green; Today it is at the heart of the latest controversial road closure scheme but more than 30 years ago the late Norwich historian and author Geoffrey Goreham wrote in the Evening News: “If ever a road needs the therapy of pedestrianisation it is All Saints Green.”

Plans to restore a unique tourist attraction to its former glory have been given a boost after receiving a £1.7m grant.

Steve Snelling tells the story of how lifeboatman Henry Blogg lef his Cromer crew to perform a celebrated double rescue in January 1917.

More than 50,000 visitors are set to have enjoyed Norwich Castle’s exhibition of the work of pioneering photographer Olive Edis by the time the show closes later this month.

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