Sgt. Harry Castor
Thousands of men from Norfolk served on the Somme in all manner of British Regiments. Among them was Drayton born Sgt. Harry Cator serving in 7th (Service) Battalion, The East Surrey Regiment who was awarded the Military Medal for Bravery in the Field for helping to rescue thirty-six men who had become tangled in enemy barbed wire in no-man’s-land. He was also decorated with the French Croix de Guerre avec Palme. The following year he was awarded our nation’s highest decoration, the Victoria Cross for his gallantry at the Battle of Arras. Harry was Norfolk’s most highly decorated soldier of the First World War.
New recruits in Norwich
Initially the new recruits were billeted and trained in and around Norwich. They had no weaponry and no uniforms so drill and physical training were carried out on Chapel Field Gardens and on the Carrow Works Playing Fields and long lines of men in civilian clothes marching through the city streets soon became a familiar sight.