Book tells the story of villagers who went to war

Ed Fordham
Ed Fordham
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A BUDDING historian and author has penned a book about the men from two west Suffolk villages who fought in World War One.

Ed Fordham’s Gallant and Patriotic Sons is launched today, Remembrance Day.

The book is a comprehensive history of Barningham and Coney Weston during World War One, looking into the men from the villages who fought in the battles.

Mr Fordham, pictured, set out to research the villages in order to find out more about his relative Ebenezer Fordham, of Barningham, who died in the war.

But he later found more soldiers he was related to.

“This became a much wider undertaking as I found that I was related to at least three of the 16 men killed in the war from the two villages,” he said.

The book is an account of the mens’ lives before, during and after the war.

“The villages of Coney Weston and Barningham were typical Suffolk villages at the start of the century. But the boys who grew up there were to embark on extraordinary and dangerous journeys when they signed up to go and fight in the trenches. Many were not to return,” said Mr Fordham, who lives in London.

“Gallant and Patriotic Sons was how the local newspapers again and again described the men from the villages of Suffolk who fought in the war and naming the book after them seemed the right way to honour the men and their sacrifice.”

The book collects and draws from newspaper articles, family photographs, personal recollections and military and civilian records. Mr Fordham also spoke to many villagers in Barningham and Coney Weston as well as descendents living locally to research the book.

n To buy a copy of the book Gallant and Patriotic Sons, send a cheque for £7 made payable to Libretto Marketing Ltd to Russell Eagling, 7 Douglas Court, Quex Road, London, NW6 4PT.

n Mr Fordham will also be joining his relatives for a big Fordham and Bloomfield family reunion this weekend. Family members from all over the world are heading to Barningham for the weekend – see next week’s Bury Free Press.