War Memorials in Norfolk

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Creative Commons Licence [Some Rights Reserved]   Text © Copyright April 2015, Adrian S Pye; licensed for re-use under a Creative Commons Licence.
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TL8194 : Ickburgh War Memorial (detail) by Adrian S Pye - TF8943 : Holkham War Memorial by Adrian S Pye - TG5307 : Far East Prisoner of War Memorial in Great Yarmouth by Adrian S Pye - TM3292 : The War Memorial at Ditchingham St. Mary's church by Adrian S Pye - TG2312 : The War Memorial wall at Old Catton by Adrian S Pye - TG3602 : The Langley War Memorial by Adrian S Pye

War Memorials are something all of us pass every day but how much notice do we take of them and do we think of the people behind the names inscribed thereon. Some memorials have already been damaged or forgotten.
By assembling this collection of roughly 740 Norfolk Parishes, I hope that generations to come will have some reference to those who gave their tomorrows for our today, and that they may not be forgotten in the future.
Many memorials bear just initials and a surname, this alone is not enough to identify the man or woman and their identity can soon be lost and forgotten.
Within this file are some details behind the name, his or her family where known so their sacrifice and identity shall not be forgotten.
Some additional information may be available from LinkExternal link


Poem by Robert Laurence Binyon (1869-1943), published in The Times newspaper on 21st September 1914.

With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children,
England mourns for her dead across the sea.
Flesh of her flesh they were, spirit of her spirit,
Fallen in the cause of the free.

Solemn the drums thrill: Death august and royal
Sings sorrow up into immortal spheres.
There is music in the midst of desolation
And a glory that shines upon our tears.

They went with songs to the battle, they were young,
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,
They fell with their faces to the foe.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

They mingle not with their laughing comrades again;
They sit no more at familiar tables of home;
They have no lot in our labour of the day-time;
They sleep beyond England's foam.

But where our desires are and our hopes profound,
Felt as a well-spring that is hidden from sight,
To the innermost heart of their own land they are known
As the stars are known to the Night;

As the stars that shall be bright when we are dust,
Moving in marches upon the heavenly plain,
As the stars that are starry in the time of our darkness,
To the end, to the end, they remain.


Remembrance is not just two minutes silence every November 11th



Please note that in general, the names on a Roll of Honour are those who fought and returned home safely.
However in some cases the names are of those who never returned or occasionally the names are combined at one source and the fallen marked with a cross or otherwise indicated.



The mistakes for which I am responsible can be rectified by emailing me at the link above and telling me about them.

To view the Sister File, "War Memorials in Suffolk" click this LinkExternal link

Latest Update 28/01/1918 All "A to E" memorials transcribed. Click the link to view

Images and details of War Graves:~ I have digital images of every War Grave in Norfolk and Suffolk free to relatives for private family history use.





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