Orford Museum First World War Exhibition


Everyone who attends the annual Remembrance Sunday service will have been moved to hear the roll call of names of the men who died for their country, read out village by village, followed by the words ‘We will remember them’.

This year, 100 years after the outbreak of World War I, Orford Museum will display the results of the hard work by volunteer researcher Brian Boulton who has done his very best to discover as much as possible about every one of the 90 men who died in that war – soldiers, sailors and airmen – from Orford, Sudbourne, Chillesford, Iken, Boyton, Butley, Wantisden and Capel St Andrew. The World War I commemorative exhibition, to be held in Orford Town Hall on Friday 12th, Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th September will display at least one page devoted to each man.

Appeals for information, published in The Link parish magazine, did produce a few responses and, best of all, some photographs and medals, but even when facts have been hard to come by, there will be something about each man’s family and a picture of his grave or memorial. Do please come along to the Town Hall, which will be open from 10.30am to 5.00pm on each of the three days of the exhibition, especially if you have a family member named on the War Memorials and may be able to give us more information about him.

After the exhibition, special folders will be compiled and presented to each parish church, so that they can be displayed near the War Memorials, helping future generations to keep the memory of the men behind the names alive.

The exhibition will also look at many aspects of life in our villages during World War I. Find out about, amongst other things, airfields on Orford Ness and at Butley, schoolchildren given a day off to gather conkers, wounded soldiers nursed in the Cottage Hospital and a Prisoner of War camp on Orford Ness hit by an influenza epidemic.

We look forward to seeing you.

Jane Allen

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