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Villagers travel to Western Front to remember the Barnham boys

Wreath laid by the people of Barnham,  with crosses to Will Palfrey and will Clarke, at the Menin Gate cemetary ANL-140529-092441001

Wreath laid by the people of Barnham, with crosses to Will Palfrey and will Clarke, at the Menin Gate cemetary ANL-140529-092441001

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.

 

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