War-time memories re-told in North Walsham centenary weekend at the Atrium

Eileen Doughty with Paul Stonebridge and Dave Brown from the Living History Group. North Walsham Cen

Eileen Doughty with Paul Stonebridge and Dave Brown from the Living History Group. North Walsham Centenary Weekend. Picture: SABAH MEDDINGS - Credit: Archant

A woman whose father showed 'great gallantry' and devotion during the First World War was an honoured guest at a north Norfolk town's centenary weekend.

Air cadets at North Walsham Centenary Weekend. Picture: SABAH MEDDINGS

Air cadets at North Walsham Centenary Weekend. Picture: SABAH MEDDINGS - Credit: Archant

Eileen Doughty's father led his men in an attack in Wervicq on October 14 1918, encouraging his men and giving them confidence through his ammunition.

For his actions North Walsham man John Craigie was awarded a Distinguished Conduct Medal, added to his collection of honours for service during the Boer War.

His 84-year-old daughter still lives in the house where she was brought up, but said her father died of cancer aged 47.

'It does make me proud,' she said. 'I never knew him but I have a sister who is 91 and she would tell me things about him and his humour. People liked him, he was a good man.'


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Her visit on Saturday to the Atrium in North Walsham formed part of a weekend of film showings, living history, and educational stalls about the First World War.

It was organised by a committee which included the Royal British Legion, and featured appearances from Royal Air Force Air Cadets, the Living History Group and adventure scouts.

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North Walsham legion chairman Colin Chambers helped to organise the event, which had photographs of 95 of the 99 men who died in action from North Walsham.

Mr Chambers said: 'The reason we have involved the young people is to show them the horrors of war and the number of people who lost their lives as a consequence of war.'

Cadet Alicia Drake, 13, said: 'It has been really exciting to be here. People have been asking us about the First World War. It is important to learn about the war, it is part of our history.'

Are you organising an event to remember the First World War? Email sabah.meddings@archant.co.uk

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