Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Relatives of three First World War soldiers from North Walsham will attend a special exhibition about the conflict this weekend.
Eileen Doughty’s father, RSM John Craigie, was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal, while Brian Robson’s father Eric, and Geoff Griston’s father Philip both earned the Military Medal, highlighting the bravery of young men who went off to fight for their country.
Of the North Walsham contingent 99 did not come back. Photos of 95 of them will be shown on a continuous loop in the cafeteria at the exhibition venue, The Atrium next to North Walsham High School on Spenser Avenue.
There will also be readings of witness reports, and local men’s medal citations, free film screenings, a children’s choir, plus displays and demonstrations by the Living History Group, Army Cadet Force, Air Training Corps and the Royal British Legion (RBL).
A separate, complementary, exhibition by the Norfolk Titanic Association will take place at The Atrium.
It will focus on North Walsham-born Titanic survivor May Howard. An eight-foot long model of the doomed Titanic will also be on show and the exhibition will feature her sister ships and their roles in the First World War.
The exhibition takes place on September 6 and 7, from 10am-5.30pm each day. Admission is free. The film screenings are Warhorse (Saturday 11am and 2.30pm) and The Blue Max (Sunday 2.30pm). All film screenings are also free.