Still time to submit memorial pictures for Norfolk Remembers

Brad Cooper explains the reality of the trenches, in the recreation, too 10 year-old Thomas Stansfie

Brad Cooper explains the reality of the trenches, in the recreation, too 10 year-old Thomas Stansfield at the Norfolk Remembers event at The Forum which aims to create an online digital archive of all WW1 memorials in the county.PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY - Credit: SIMON FINLAY

Communities have rallied together to support a campaign aimed at honouring those who fought in the First World War.

Serving soldiers watch as new photos arrive on the big screen at the Norfolk Remembers event at The

Serving soldiers watch as new photos arrive on the big screen at the Norfolk Remembers event at The Forum which aims to create an online digital archive of all WW1 memorials in the county.PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY - Credit: SIMON FINLAY

Operation Norfolk Remembers asked people to photograph as many of the county's memorials as possible to help create an online digital legacy.

The project culminated with a large event outside the Forum in Norwich on Saturday, where many of the images went on display.

Visitors were able to take part in a variety of activities throughout the day, including an interactive trench experience.

More than 800 First World War memorials have so far been identified in Norfolk, and organisers believe just over half were photographed.


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It is hoped that in the next few weeks, even more of the memorials will be documented by communities across the county.

The project, which was the idea of an officer cadet in Cambridge, was spearheaded by the army.

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Lt Col David Carter, from the Cambridge University Officer Training Corps, said: 'We have been touched by the support shown by our partners and the public of Norfolk, and have discovered over 50 previously unrecorded First World War memorials. In all we received photos of over 450 memorials from across the county during the day from many people whom we will never meet – very touching and reaffirming of the goodwill of communities, families and individuals.'

The images will now be catalogued by the University of East Anglia against a database and map created by the project researcher.

It is hoped the final project will be published for public access.

A large screen showing many of the photographs was erected outside the Forum over the weekend to help celebrate the project.

Similar displays were on show at King's Lynn and Great Yarmouth libraries.

The event culminated with a moving drum head service at the Forum to commemorate those who died more than 100 years ago.

Capt Kathryn McCann, media officer, said: 'We had photos of just over half of the memorials [in Norfolk], so we have achieved our mission and we had some really good pictures from across the community. We hope to reach our total in the next couple of weeks.'

Major Gav Rushmere, 3rd Battalion, the Royal Anglian Regiment, added: 'The project has highlighted the immense diversity of units, arms and services that Norfolk residents fought and died in.'

People can continue to send their memorial pictures to op.norfolk.memorials@gmail.com. Supporting information should be emailed to op.norfolk.legacy@gmail.com

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