Villagers of Barnham have not stopped at merely tracing the stories of their World War One dead.
Though they plan a talk in June and an exhibition in August, a party of villagers has also gone to Belgium and France to visit the graves and memorials bearing the Barnham Boys’ names.
The Rev Sue Nutt said: “We have found that from a population of about 400, 70 men went to war and 51 returned. Such has been the interest that we took 45 people on a coach to Ypres and the Somme for a weekend. Most of those with us came from Barnham or had very close connections.”
At the Menin Gate Paul Allen laid a wreath on the villagers’ behalf with crosses by the names of Barnham-born William Palfrey and William Clarke.
At Thiepval memorial they held a short service by the names of Sidney Pryke and Harry Rumsey who grew up together in the village.
A wreath was laid to the ben of Barnham, Euston and Fakenham Magna.
On June 15 at St Gregory’s Church Tom Scherb will give a talk on the war and the Church of England and the exhibition on the village’s men who went to war will be held there from August 3 to September 5.