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Norwich First World War Roll of Honour to have new home on Armistice Day

PUBLISHED: 08:00 16 September 2016

Jenny González Corujo, conservator at Richard Rogers Conservation Ltd, painting the name panels. Picture: SUBMITTED

Jenny González Corujo, conservator at Richard Rogers Conservation Ltd, painting the name panels. Picture: SUBMITTED

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An historic Roll of Honour commemorating Norwich’s First World War soldiers will be unveiled on Armistice Day at a city landmark.

How to get involved in online Roll of Honour

The online Roll of Honour features all 3,544 names of Norwich soldiers who were killed in the First World War.

Anyone with information or pictures about soldiers named on the wooden memorial, being rehomed in November, should email regimental.museum@norfolk.gov.uk with their stories.

Alternatively, those without internet access can write to The Regimental Museum, Norfolk Museums Service, Shirehall, Market Avenue, Norwich, NR1 3JQ.

The website www.NorwichRollogHonour.org.uk is going to be constantly updated for many years.

It is being launched in the same year which marks the centenary of 1916 - a pivotal year in the Great War.

The large wooden memorial, featuring 3,544 names of men who died in the Great War, will be on permanent show in the foyer of City Hall from November 11.

Designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, the important feature was kept in the Norwich Castle Keep from January 13, 1931, until February this year.

Alan Waters, Norwich City Council leader, said: “We are very proud this important memorial to those who gave their lives in the First World War is being restored to its former glory and will be installed in the foyer of City Hall, completing the restoration of these two important memorials.”

The Roll of Honour is an oak case with doors containing 12 double-sided hinged, and four fixed, single-sided panels painted with the names and units of those killed.

In recent years the panels have suffered structural damage when they were opened and work was needed to prevent this happening in the future.

Conservation work has cost £35,000 and has been funded by the city council, War Memorials Trust, Town Close Estates Charity, Geoffrey Watling Trust, RG Carter and the Restoration Project Fund.

The panels were made after the original Norwich Cenotaph, in front of City Hall, did not have enough room to name all the city’s victims from the Great War.

They will be unveiled as the city council is appealing for stories and photographs of soldiers whose names appear on the wooden Roll of Honour to appear on the website www.NorwichRollofHonour.org.uk

Julie Brociek-Coulton, chairman of the city council’s Norwich Area Museums committee, said: “The combination of the conservation of the Norwich Roll of Honour and its move to City Hall, together with a website that provides information about the men it lists, is a fitting tribute.”

An appointment is required to look at the Roll of Honour in City Hall. Visit www.norwich.gov.uk or inquire at the city council reception.

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