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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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They will play in harmony, seperated by hundreds of miles, but in one voice.

Towns across the region will remember the fallen soldiers and the centenary of the end of the First World War next weekend.

A volunteer researcher makes a plea to store records that shine a light on the near ancestors who lived in a world quite different from ours. Tony Wenham reports.

West Norfolk and The Fens are hosting a number of events to commemorate 100 years since the end of the First World War.

Remembrance Day is set to be marked across the Dereham, Fakenham and Wells area, with several events and projects taking place on or leading up to November 11.

People in Great Yarmouth will have the opportunity to honour British soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice in the First World War in our Fields of Remembrance.

Swaffham is set to be one of many locations across the world taking part in the Battle’s Over events, an international commemoration marking 100 years since the end of the First World War.

A Norfolk-born soldier who lost his life in the First World War will be commemorated by a giant sand portrait as an act or remembrance.

The horrors of war are all too well known. But acts of humanity are less common.

A high street shop manager has been wowing passers by with a display of more than 400 hand made poppies.

An ancient coastguard’s cannon used to launch lifesaving equipment to those in difficulty at sea has gone on show at Sheringham Museum, after being kept for decades as a garden ornament.

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Norfolk and Suffolk

One of Norfolk’s best photographers who was the first-ever accredited female war photographer and who pioneered autochrome colour photography will have her work exhibited in Thetford.

Once thought to have been an Italian prisoner-of-war, Scotsman John Moray-Smith left an indelible legacy on Norfolk through his sculptures. ALAN TUTT, Cromer Museum’s visitors’ services assistant, looks at his life and times.

She was a woman who never sought fame and died a martyr’s death after risking her life to save others.

Characters from a century ago are being brought back to life by Norfolk enthusiasts whose hobby has transformed them into military experts

Hundreds of letters written from the Western Front by a Norfolk soldier during the entire duration of the First World War are to be sold at auction, just weeks after the 100th anniversary of the Armistice which brought an end to the conflict.

A Norfolk-born seamstress who helped injured First World War soldiers was among the nominations for London blue plaques turned down by English Heritage after the past 12 months.

A new website has been launched enabling people to search their postcode and find out if they live in or near a house that once belonged to a soldier from the First World War.

A soldier from Fakenham who died during the First World War has been honoured in a special ceremony in France.

Normandy veterans from Norfolk felt their sacrifice would be remembered forever as they reflected upon a surprise remembrance service to honour them.

Thousands of people across mid and north Norfolk paid their respects to those who fought for peace - as the region fell silent to mark the centenary of Armistice Day.

Communities across north Norfolk paid tribute to the fallen at the weekend, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Armistice with events ranging from concerts and exhibitions, to bell ringing and beacon-lighting ceremonies.

Thousands of poppies petals cascaded down on a 500-strong congregation at Cromer Parish Church at the weekend, as part of a series of events organised by the town council to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armistice.

Communities across Norfolk and Suffolk have marked 100 years since the Great War’s armistice with a host of processions, services and events.

A new First World War memorial stone at Gresham’s school in Holt includes the names of 15 students and staff who were originally omitted.

It was the war to end all wars in which millions of people died on the battlefields of Europe and further afield. A hundred years on South Norfolk paid its respects to the fallen and marked the armistice.

Portraits and silhouettes of soldiers, nurses and munitions workers lined two Norfolk beaches as part of a Remembrance Day tribute by filmmaker Danny Boyle.

An emotional candlelit service and procession took place in Norwich, bringing Remembrance Day commemorations to a close.

Crowds turned out in force at Sheringham on Sunday, where a service at the town war memorial led by former Royal Navy chaplain Rev Christian Heycocks marked the culmination of a centenary project featuring events ranging from talks and exhibitions, to concerts and film screenings.

Thousands of people across Norfolk and Waveney are paying their respects to those who fought for peace - as the region falls silent to mark the centenary of Armistice Day.

A snapshot taken in Costessey to mark Armistice Day has been recreated - a hundred years on.

Norfolk will today fall silent and salute those who fell fighting for peace.

A new war memorial was unveiled at a dedication ceremony in Brundall on Saturday morning.

A number of the city’s roads will close as Norwich marks 100 years since the end of the First World War.

A community is aiming to recreate an historical photograph of how Armistice Day was marked a hundred years ago,

Poetry readings, an exhibition, and a bible belonging to a north Norfolk soldier killed on the second day of the Somme.

A century on from the end of the First World War, animals continue to be innocent victims of conflict around the world.

A Lowestoft student has been helping families locate missing relatives who died during the conflict of the First World War.

Players with a Norfolk village football club will be marking the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War by taking to the pitch wearing the names of soldiers who gave their lives.

A mid Norfolk history group have produced a painstakingly researched book on how the lives of their village’s residents were affected by the war that was meant to end all wars.

The remarkable heroism of a Norfolk soldier during an infamous Second World War massacre is to be honoured in France this weekend.

Arthur Bantick recalled his memories of serving as an infantryman with the 7th Battalion Suffolk Regiment in World War I, Sabrina Johnson reports

A tapestry featuring the names of the men lost in the First World War to residents of the mid-Norfolk village of Brisley will be going on show this weekend, as part of an exhibition dedicated to all those who fought in the conflict.

Those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the fight for freedom will be saluted during Remembrance commemorations at Norwich Cathedral.

The family of a Great Yarmouth soldier killed in the final days of the First World War have shared poignant personal items to mark the centenary of the conflict.

Poppy crosses have been laid on about 100 war graves across Lowestoft during poignant ceremonies.

Commemorations marking the centenary of the end of the First World War will take place across Waveney this weekend.

It started off with a village appeal to trace descendants of First World War casualties.

Norwich Castle is marking the 100th anniversary of the Armistice with a special early opening on Remembrance Sunday.

A village is preparing to travel back 100 years to celebrate the return of its young soldiers and trace those lost in battle.

A village near Norwich will use the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War as the moment to unveil its new memorial.

With commemorations marking the centenary of the end of the First World War taking place across Waveney, Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday will be marked in Lowestoft as the town pays its respects to all those who have lost their lives in battle.

Drivers passing through Mere Street to Victoria Road will be greeted by the sight of two soldiers in a field of poppies as of Tuesday, November 6.

Around 5,000 poppies have been displayed in the shape of a soldier on the tower of a church to help mark the end of the First World War 100 years ago

A care home in Great Yarmouth have created a poppy memorial in remembrance of the First World War.

A dog friendly café is selling hand-knitted purple variations of remembrance poppies in honour of animals lost in warfare.

The parish church of Lowestoft will hold a series of Remembrance events to commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War this week.

A poppy wreath will be laid on the Coastal Forces Veterans Association War Memorial in Oulton Broad this week.

The stories behind the names on a parish war memorial are told in a moving tribute to all 164 men killed in the First World War, and the martyr nurse who once worshipped with them.

They left their jobs, families and homes behind to go and fight on the battlefields of the First World War, but sadly none of them returned home.

A special project in the parish of Ryburgh is marking the centenary of the end of the First World War with a series of bell ringing commemorations.

Hundreds of children joined forces with a craft studio to create a poppy display to pay tribute to the First World War dead.

The newly-restored war memorial in front of Cromer Parish Church will be unveiled and re-dedicated by the grandson of the man who unveiled the original monument.

Sheringham Little Theatre will be commemorating the centenary of the end of the First World War on November 7, with a history talk entitled Norfolk – the Armistice and After.

A First World War commemorative figure beheaded by vandals has been replaced, thanks to the generosity of a Great Yarmouth company who stepped in to help after reading about the incident in the Eastern Daily Press.

A century on from the First World War it is almost impossible to imagine the sheer scale of the sacrifice. More than 15,000 Norfolk men died. Many more were left permanently disabled. Here are just a few stories of individuals, families and communities changed for ever by war.

Much has, is, and will be written about the end of the Great War. We must never forget and can learn much through the wise words of those who lived through it a century ago. Derek James reports.

Thousands of handcrafted poppies have decorated the church and war memorial of a Norfolk town in a poignant tribute to the men and women who paid the ultimate price in the First World War.

Fireworks lit up the evening sky over the north Norfolk coast in a Bonfire Night event which this year had added poignancy.

A set of wire cutters used to chop through barbed wire in the trenches of the First World War are among the fascinating objects to go on display at a north Norfolk church as part of a concert/exhibition to mark a century since the Armistice.

They will play in harmony, seperated by hundreds of miles, but in one voice.

Towns across the region will remember the fallen soldiers and the centenary of the end of the First World War next weekend.

A volunteer researcher makes a plea to store records that shine a light on the near ancestors who lived in a world quite different from ours. Tony Wenham reports.

West Norfolk and The Fens are hosting a number of events to commemorate 100 years since the end of the First World War.

Remembrance Day is set to be marked across the Dereham, Fakenham and Wells area, with several events and projects taking place on or leading up to November 11.

People in Great Yarmouth will have the opportunity to honour British soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice in the First World War in our Fields of Remembrance.

Swaffham is set to be one of many locations across the world taking part in the Battle’s Over events, an international commemoration marking 100 years since the end of the First World War.

A Norfolk-born soldier who lost his life in the First World War will be commemorated by a giant sand portrait as an act or remembrance.

The horrors of war are all too well known. But acts of humanity are less common.

A high street shop manager has been wowing passers by with a display of more than 400 hand made poppies.

An ancient coastguard’s cannon used to launch lifesaving equipment to those in difficulty at sea has gone on show at Sheringham Museum, after being kept for decades as a garden ornament.

A special proclamation to commemorate the end of the First World War and written by Newmarket Town Crier Brenda Willison is set to be performed across the world on Armistice Day.

From concerts and art exhibitions, to parades and history projects, towns and villages across north Norfolk are preparing to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War with a host of events. Here is a round-up of Remembrance Day services and centenary events in the area.

As War Horse returns to the National Theatre to mark the centenary of Armistice Day, we remember the war horses.

Great Northern trains are putting on an extra early service from King’s Lynn on Remembrance Sunday, so veterans can attend the ceremony at London’s Cenotaph.

Darren Huckerby, Adam Drury and Grant Holt are just some of the former Norwich City players set to line up against a team of soldiers in a football match in Dereham to raise money for the town’s Royal British Legion branch.

The memory of Cromer people who died in battle will live on thanks to a newly-restored war memorial.

A campaign aiming to create a Norfolk-wide tribute to those who sacrificed their lives in the First World War has begun.

Three blue plaques will be put in place in Cromer as part of a weekend of events to commemorate the end of the First World War.

Three life-size Tommy silhouettes have been installed in north Norfolk as part of the centenary commemorations of the end of the First World War.

Crowds gathered in Great Yarmouth’s market square on Wednesday for the launch of this year’s Poppy Appeal marking the start of more than two weeks of remembrance in the town.

A newly built memorial garden, wall, and commemorative plaque will be unveiled in Brandon this weekend.

Walcott Church and many supporters have created a very special display for Remembrance Sunday – The 11th day of the 11th month 2018, to commemorate the centenary of the Great War and others who lost their lives in other wars, with a magnificent display of over 4000 poppies. The whole display was created by 45 people, some from Australia.

A West Norfolk church has unveiled an exhibition dedicated to the those men from their suburb who never returned.

The former head of the British Army, Lord Dannatt attended the launch of a new book on Sheringham during the First World War.

A life-size silhouette statue of a soldier that will take pride of place at First World War centenary events in Diss has taken up his first posting.

It is a flower synonymous with conflict and the battlefields of the First World War.

The annual Poppy Appeal starts next Saturday and volunteers will again be on the streets of Cromer over the next fortnight selling poppies to members of the public.

Great Yarmouth’s War Memorial has undergone a deep clean to commemorate 100 years since the end of the First World War.

A Great Yarmouth company has come to the rescue of Sheringham Royal British Legion, after vandals beheaded a commemorative First World War figure branch members had seated next to the town war memorial.

Different generations have welcomed a torch of remembrance to Dereham, as part of a tour of Norfolk to mark a century since the Armistice.

They endured the loss of 75 of their menfolk and lived through blackouts, bombings and the influx of hundreds of billeted servicemen.

Artwork created to mark 100 years since Armistice will go on display at St Mary’s Church in the village of Whissonett.

The Bishop of Norwich, the Rt Rev Graham James, led a special service in a mid Norfolk church to mark the rededication of re-hung bells.

A former soldier who served in Iraq and Bosnia and who is now a recognised expert on 20th century conflicts is to give a talk marking the centenary of the First World War armistice.

Sheringham Royal British Legion (RBL) members have condemned “heartless vandals” who decapitated a haunting perspex silhouette they placed on a bench next to the town war memorial to honour those who lost their lives in the First World War.

A band of north Norfolk bell ringers will be marking the centenary of the end of the First Wold War, by taking part in a national project aptly named Ringing Remembers.

A life-sized figure of a soldier who fell during the First World War will help teach the latest generation about remembering those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

He was one of the most eccentric, mysterious and talented artists ever to have worked in East Anglia...and now a campaign has been launched to restore one of his landmark murals. Derek James takes up the story.

A selfless Norfolk heroine whose sacrifice helped save the lives of soldiers during the First World War has been remembered at a poignant service in Norwich.

Many are familiar with horrors endured by soldiers on the front lines of the First World but fewer may be familiar with the sacrifices which were made by those who worked behind the scenes both at home and abroad.

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