The Forum, Norwich, appeals for stories about West Norfolk soldiers who fell in the Second Battle of Gaza, 17-19 April 1917, for its community First World War project.
The Forum, Norwich, is appealing for the people of King’s Lynn to share their stories and memories of relatives who fought in the Second Battle of Gaza to mark its centenary in April 2017. Hundreds of Norfolk men who served in The Norfolk Regiment fought in this battle and The Forum is keen to hear from local people who may have photographs, letters and objects relating to the Second Battle of Gaza.
Information and stories of local soldiers will help add to the research for The Forum’s community project ‘Norfolk in the First World War: Somme to Armistice’. The project honours Norfolk’s First World War heroes and runs until November 2018 with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).
Local people with information on their connections to the Second Battle of Gaza are invited to get in touch with The Forum’s Learning Manager, Sarah Power via email: email@example.com or telephone: 01603 727977.
The Forum is working with Norfolk schools on the young person’s strand of the project called ‘Finding the Fallen’ with its focus currently on the Second Battle of Gaza. Students from primary and secondary schools from King’s Lynn and North Norfolk are spending three days with local military historian, Neil Storey, to include research sessions and a visit to their closest war memorial to uncover information about soldiers’ local roots and their fates. Students are also learning about conditions on the frontline and how life was changed back at home by examining costumes, objects and written accounts.
All of the research and learning from the project will culminate in a Battle of Gaza exhibition starting at The Forum and the Norfolk & Norwich Millennium Library on 18 April 2017. Following this, the exhibition and an accompanying film will go on tour to other schools and community venues around the county. As part of the project, a comprehensive programme to support schools to teach First World War studies is being created by The Forum and will include touring exhibitions, a dedicated website, films, a learning pack and inset sessions for teachers. There will also be plenty of hands on resources including costumes, objects and documents for schools across Norfolk to hire.
The Forum has received £90,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to deliver its three year project, ‘Norfolk in the First World War: Somme to Armistice’. The project remembers the men who fought and lost their lives in battle and the women who were either on active war service or remaining strong on the Norfolk home-front. The project focused on The Battle of the Somme in 2016 and moving forwards includes:
- The Battle of Gaza in April in 2017
- First World War Women on active service in 2017
- First World War Women’s Legacy in 2018
- The 100th anniversary of Armisitice Day in November 2018
The Forum’s project will share the stories of our local heroes – both men and women – so their names, life experiences and sacrifices are acknowledged and remembered by new generations. Thanks to National Lottery players, the project will commemorate the lives of the fallen and those who returned via dedicated school and learning programmes, adult volunteer-led projects, public talks, events and exhibitions.
Robyn Llewellyn, Head of HLF East of England, said: “Thanks to National Lottery players we’re pleased to support this project which will focus on the experiences of people who fought in the Battle of Gaza and the continuing legacy it has had for their descendents and communities. I would encourage anyone with a story to share to get in touch and ensure they become a part of the narrative of this project.”
Anyone willing to share information with the project should contact: firstname.lastname@example.org