This year marks the centenary of the armistice that marked the end of the First World War, known for a while as “The Great War”.
The impact on societies was very severe. From the United Kingdom 887,858 combatants died and a further 1,675,000 were injured. It is estimated that some 9 million combatants and seven million civilians died as direct result of the war. Of the 60 million European military personnel who were mobilised from 1914 to 1918, 8 million were killed, 7 million were permanently disabled, and 15 million were seriously injured. Germany lost 15.1% of its active male population, Austria-Hungary lost 17.1%, and France lost 10.5%.
There are various memorials in the benefice to the dead and others who served in the two world wars.
They are as follows:
- Bessingham Inside the church
- Felbrigg A stone memorial on the village green
- Gunton A scroll inside the church
- Hanworth A wooden roll of honour inside the Memorial Hall
- Metton A stone memorial outside the church
- Roughton A stone memorial inside the church
- Sustead A roll of honour inside the church
These memorials are shown under each church, together with a list of all the names. Many memorials were expanded to include those who died or served in World War 2. Those names will be added to this website in the near future.
The war memorials list the following numbers of people who died and served as well as the population figures for each community from the 1911 Census
. Population Died Also served
- Bessingham 68 2 None listed
- Felbrigg 181 12 None listed
- Gunton 80 1 11
- Hanworth 76 4 38
- Metton 83 3 16
- Roughton 529 19 None listed
- Sustead 127 0 11
Totals 1,144 41 76
Our commemorations will be held as follows:
- Felbrigg 9:30am on the Green (in the Village Hall if wet)
- Hanworth 10.50am in the Memorial Hall
- Roughton 11:00am in St Mary’s Church.
All will be followed by refreshments to which you will be welcome.
We have prepared a memorial sheet to cover the benefice churches, commemorating those who died or served in the First World War. Click to see it Remembrance 2018.
Under each church we have a section to show pictures of their war memorial, a roll of honour and (where possible) a copy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) Certificate of their commemoration. To access a person’s CWGC Certificate click on “CWGC” next to their name. To access the records created after the 2009 research for the Felbrigg commemorated, please click on the “2009” next to their name. We have included some records from the 1911 Census. To access such records for any individual please click on the “1911 Census” next to their name.
Click here for each church:
The CWGC looks after several memorials overseas. They are listed below with a link to the CWGC web-site with details of each memorial.
- La Clytte Military Cemetery, Belgium
- Ploegsteert Memorial, Belgium
- Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium
- Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium
- Ypres The Menin Gate, Belgium
- Albert Communal Cemetery Extension, France
- Arras Memorial, France
- Aubigny Communal Cemetery Extension, France
- Daours Communal Cemetery Extension, France
- Five Points Cemetery, Lechelle, France
- Fouquieres Churchyard Extension, France
- La Targette British Cemetery, Neuville-St. Vaast, France
- Longuenesse (St Omer) Souvenir Cemetery, France
- Premont British, France
- Serre Road No 1 Cemetery, France
- Thiepval, France
- Guillemont Road Cemetery, Guillemont, France
- Vis-en-Artois British Cemetery, France
- Helles Memorial, Turkey
- Jerusalem, Israel
- Port Said War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt
- Basra Memorial