On November 11th 1918 hostilities ended on the Western Front, ending a worldwide war that lasted four years having caused 20 million military and civilian deaths and 21 million military and civilian wounded on all sides. Armistice Day is commemorated every year at War Memorials in every community across the country. This year will be the 100th anniversary of this momentous event. In Southrepps the names of the majority of the 31 men
and boys from this village who died for
their country are known and inscribed
on our War Memorial. The names of those
who served but survived the war are not
As part of this years commemoration, an
attempt is being made, for the first time,
to identify those who survived, many of
whose lives were, without doubt, blighted
by their injuries and the appalling
circumstances under which they served.
We have been able to gather information
from village residents and from digital
archives such as Ancestry which include
census records and military service records
together with results of research carried out
by others, which can often be hard to verify. The amount of information gathered for each individual varies greatly and in some cases can be unreliable. The project is a work in progress and its social and historical value increases with the amount of information added. Anyone anywhere with any knowledge of those listed who died and those who we believe survived is invited to contribute to the project. Of particular interest are military records, life stories, photographs and links to relatives living today.
It is hoped that some of the stories resulting from this
research will form the basis of a display in the church at
the time of the November commemoration event.
However, the objective of the project is to assemble all of
this data in an easily accessible form at a later date.
WE CONTINUE TO NEED YOUR HELP!
If you have any information that may assist us please email
Remembering the lives of those who fought in the Great War