Historian’s new book tells Thetford’s wartime story

Deputy Mayor of Thetford Stuart Wright with David Osborne, who has written a book about Thetford's wartime history ANL-141119-110327001
Deputy Mayor of Thetford Stuart Wright with David Osborne, who has written a book about Thetford's wartime history ANL-141119-110327001
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A respected local historian is celebrating the publication of his book about Thetford’s part in World War One.

A Small Fragment of the Great War by David Osborne was launched last Friday at the Ancient House Museum of Thetford Life, the only place where it will be available.

It tells the story of the town’s involvement in the war and includes a transcript of a letter from Thetford man Albert Wyatt, one piece of evidence for the Christmas Day truce in 1914.

Other local stories include that of Florrie Clarke, daughter of the Town Crier who took up her father’s bell when he was called to fight in 1916, tank testing outside Thetford, and the history of the Royal Flying Corps at Snarehill Airfield, as well as stories of young men who served in the conflict.

Deputy Mayor of Thetford Stuart Wright said: “It will be a great reference book for future generations and allows a greater understanding of Thetford’s role in the war.”