A month after Lord Kitchener's call for volunteer recruits a total of three battalions had been raised in Norwich from city and county men. Discover more about the 7th, 8th and 9th (Service) Battalions, The Norfolk Regiment, and their journey to the Battle of the Somme.
Finding the Fallen
The young person’s strand of the project was called ‘Finding the Fallen’. Primary and secondary schools across Norfolk worked with historian Neil Storey to research their local war memorial and uncover the real life stories behind the engraved names. Many new discoveries and hidden family stories have been uncovered thanks to contributions from the local community.
From this research the project created three special 100-year anniversary exhibitions; The Battle of the Somme in 2016, The Battle of Gaza in 2017 and the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day in 2018.
EXPLORE THE HISTORY
Hundreds of Norfolk men serving in the Norfolk Regiment fought in the Second Battle of Gaza (17-19 April 1917). Learn how the soldiers trained and what it was like serving as a Territorial Force solider in the Middle East during the First World War.
When Armistice was called at 11.00 on 11 November 1918 there was rejoicing in Norwich Market Place. Discover the legacies of Armistice in Norfolk, how the fallen were commemorated, the origin of the poppy as a symbol of remembrance and the creation of veterans' groups.