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In 2013 Ruth Walton (The Author) approached Margot Harbour, the Town Clerk at Harleston, with a proposal that she was interested in researching, and creating, a booklet telling the stories of the WW1 servicemen who are remembered on the Harleston Town War Memorial. She asked for the support of the Town Council by having the book published. It was suggested that the proceeds from the sales would be donated to charity. Walking with the Wounded was proposed, being a Norfolk charity. The idea was put to the full Town Council who gave the project approval and agreed to meet the costs of publication. Over the following year the booklet, now a book taking into account all the names on the War Memorial, took shape and included many photographs of the individuals, details of their lives and families and some general history of Harleston in the early 20th century. In July 2014, after a number of updates and amendments, Ruth presented the proofs to the Council ready for publication. It provides a fascinating snapshot of a time in history and of the local men who gave their lives in the Service of their Country. The book was launched by an event at St John’s Church, Harleston, with guest Duncan Slater, representing the Charity ‘Walking with the Wounded’. Duncan served with the RAF Regiment in Afghanistan where he was seriously wounded. Since being wounded he has been accompanied by Prince Harry on the expedition by injured Servicemen to the South Pole amongst his other activities.

 

The book is currently available at outlets in the town – The Council Offices – Harleston Information Plus – Harleston Museum – Harleston Library It can now also be purchased online by following the instructions at the end of this page.

Forward This book has been produced to mark the 100 years since the beginning of World War 1. As the names of those who died during World War 2 are on the same memorial, it seemed proper to include those people also. Any errors or omissions are unintentional. I am grateful to many people who have helped me in different ways. Family members have loaned photographs and shared information, James Pulford, who has checked the details of Harleston History and Margaret Bingham who has found extra family history for some Servicemen. Staff at the Norfolk Record Office, the Royal Norfolk Regimental Museum and the RAF Museum, and Harleston people who have found photographs of the area.

 

Also I wish to thank Eric Bird for his considerable help with the photographs and layout, and Judy Alder at Harleston Museum. I acknowledge the help of Frank Meeres’ books ‘Norfolk in the First World War’ and ‘Norfolk in the Second World War’, and Chris Bannister’s book ‘Henry Ward VC 1823 – 1867′, and the ‘Roll-of-Honour’ website. Researched and written by Ruth Walton and published by Redenhall with Harleston Town Council. ALL profits made from book will go to the Norfolk Charity ‘Walking with the Wounded’, which raises funds to retrain and re-skill wounded Service men and women and supports them in finding new careers. We will request that the money be specifically used to support a Serviceman/Servicewoman from Norfolk. More information about the Charity is available at www.walkingwiththewounded.org.uk

 

 

Battle of the Somme July-November 1916, Battle of Bazaton ridge, troops bringing up bombs In the centenary year of the start of the First World War it is only fitting that we should remember those who have laid down their lives for their Country. Accordingly Redenhall with Harleston Town Council have decreed that ALL proceeds from the sale of this book will be given to the Charity ‘Walking with the Wounded’. On behalf of all the families of those who gave their lives on our behalf, and the Residents of Harleston I commend the Author, Ruth Walton, and all those who have given their time and effort to ensure the publication of this book. Barry Woods Chairman Redenhall with Harleston Town Council This book may now be purchase online by contacting the Author for dispatch by Royal Mail. contact – candrwalton@btinternet.com

The cost of the Book is £5.00 The cost of Postage is £2.00 (UK delivery) When ordering please provide the full postal address of the intended recipient. Cheques should be made payable to R. Walton The address to which the cheques should be sent will be provided in the confirmation of order e-mail.

 

ALL proceeds from the sale of this book are being sent to

Walking with the Wounded

courtesy of the Author Ruth Walton and Redenhall with Harleston Town Council

“We will Remember Them”

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