Tribute to First World War fallen at Fundenhall church

Fundenhall church First World War exhibition. Picture Ian Spratt

Fundenhall church First World War exhibition. Picture Ian Spratt - Credit: Archant

A village church is hosting an exhibition which tells the story of the local men who fought in the First World War.

The exhibition is being held at St Nicholas Church, in Fundenhall, near Wymondham, and is entitled Reconnecting with Fundenhall's Fallen.

The stories of the men whose names are listed on the war memorials inside the church and served in all four branches in the military are told through the display.

This includes the local doctor who received the Military Cross for conspicuous gallantry at Honnechy, France, when he tended the wounded who were involved in a cavalry charge.

Also included is the heart-warming story of a soldier who returned from the war injured and had his leg amputated. He decided to set up the village cobblers and was regularly seen delivering the repaired shoes using his bicycle which was adapted for one leg. The research for the exhibition was led by Shan George and graphic design and photography was contributed by former Fleet Street photographer Ian Spratt.

The project has also been supported by Heritage Lottery Funding.

The centre piece is a sculpture made of 14 ceramic poppies which were part of the Tower of London poppy display.

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Made by local artist Kate Munro, the poppies represent each soldier from the village who died and also to remember those who were injured and made sacrifices.

A spokesman for the exhibition said: 'We know of 14 men from our small village who lost their lives as well as the many survivors who returned with injuries.

'We are grateful to local families who have come forward and shared their stories, which has enabled us to record this as part of the social history of the village.'

Is your village hosting an exhibition? Email rebecca.murphy@archant.co.uk

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