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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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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.

People in Cromer are being urged to sponsor a poppy cross ahead of a town councillor’s poignant visit to Tyne Cot Cemetery in Belgium.

British imperialism is taking a bashing as the events at Indian independence 70 years ago are recalled. But are we getting the full story?

While most soldiers who served in the First World War did so on foot, some were mounted in the saddles of bicycles.

As Norwich prepares to unveil a lasting memorial to one of its bravest sons, Steve Snelling charts the life and myriad battles of Sidney Day whose wartime gallantry reached a peak of valour a century ago.

Bells will toll for a fallen Beccles ringer next month, as the 100th anniversary of his death is marked.

A campaign is being launched today to get a blue plaque put up in Norwich to remember and honour the city-born father of modern dancing and First World War flying ace who was killed almost a century ago.

A Suffolk war hero is to be honoured with a memorial in his seaside hometown – 100 years after he died defending his boat and saving the lives of his crew.

A national touring exhibition which recounts inspirational RNLI lifeboat rescues during the First World War will be based at the charity’s Henry Blogg Museum in Cromer this summer.

Church members and relatives gathered in north Norfolk on the centenary of the First World War battle of Passchendaele to remember a man who died on the first day of the conflict during the attack on St Julien.

They are two of the jewels of Great Yarmouth’s historic seafront.

In the first of two special features commemorating the centenary of one of the costliest campaigns of the First World War, Steve Snelling charts the fate of Norfolk soldiers during the 1917 Passchendaele offensive.

A special service of remembrance was held in Cromer to remember the six men from the area who died during the battle of Passchendaele 100 years ago.

More than 50 people have already taken part in an 18-hour vigil next to the war memorial in Cromer, to commemorate the Battle of Passchendaele.

An 18-hour vigil will be held in Cromer to remember soldiers who lost their lives in the Battle of Passchendaele and mark the centenary of the bloody battle.

It was designed to dwarf the Eiffel Tower, standing as an imperious, 400m-high monument to the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia in 1917.

All schoolboy Chase Nichols knew about his great great grandfather was that his was the fourth name carved in stone on Great Yarmouth’s war memorial.

A heroic airman who died when his plane crashed in a Norfolk cornfield during the First World War is to be remembered in a poignant ceremony a century after his death.

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