Rallying cry for public to help remember Norfolk’s fallen First World War soldiers

Lt Sophie Tasker, left, project officer, with members of the team launching the Norfolk Remembers Pr

Lt Sophie Tasker, left, project officer, with members of the team launching the Norfolk Remembers Project. From 2nd left, 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 - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2015

Organisers of a campaign to remember Norfolk's fallen First World War soldiers have issued a rallying cry for public support.

The Norfolk Remembers operation will take place in two days time, and see organisations and members of the public take photographs of First World War memorials that will create a digital legacy.

On Saturday, the photographs will also appear on live electronic displays at The Forum in Norwich, King's Lynn Library and Great Yarmouth Library.

The project is being spearheaded by the army, and supported by organisations including the UEA, the Diocese of Norwich, the Norfolk Records Office and the EDP.

Lt Col David Carter, commanding officer of the Cambridge University Officers' Training Corps, which includes about 80 students at the University of East Anglia, said: 'I want the people of Norfolk to do what their forefathers did 100 years ago, which is to make a commitment. For this project, go and visit your First World War memorial, go and find it and then take a photo.

'One of the big points is that they will have to find out where it is. Sometimes they might have to find it in a church that is locked, or it might be overgrown. They might have to take a trowel and brush to make it presentable. If they do that, they will have engaged with the memorial.'

The project has identified more than 770 First World War memorials in Norfolk, and have people lined up to visit about 10pc of them so far, and hopes local communities across the county will ensure that all are visited on the day.

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The events in Norwich will conclude at 5.30pm with a 30 minute drumhead ceremony outside the Forum, echoing the service held to commemorate fallen comrades while in the field.

How to take part in the Norfolk Remembers

Find your nearest First World War memorial, and its unique reference number, using the Norfolk Remembers link on the right hand side of this website.

On Saturday, email a photograph of you and your community at the memorial to op.norfolk.memorials@gmail.com, with its unique reference number in the subject line, and say how many names are commemorated on the memorial.

Also, send a photo of the memorial in detail to op.norfolk.legacy@gmail.com, including its unique reference number in the subject line, and any information you would like to share about it, so the UEA can create a historical record of the data.

See how the day is developing on Twitter @OpNR2016 or on Facebook.