those, from Burpham and Jacobs Well who gave their lives in the 1914-
‘Burpham Will Remember Them’
In the early 1900s Burpham was in the Parish of Worplesdon and together with Jacob’s Well was essentially one large, scattered, community.
‘The War to End All Wars’ -
The euphoric triumphalism of the Summer of 1914 -
However, the Allies -
The Battle of the Marne in September 1914 was the Allies first and greatest victory of the entire War. They pushed the Germans back some forty miles, until they managed to halt the Allied advance.
Both sides, having suffered heavy casualties -
Over by Christmas? Three more Christmases would pass before this appalling conflict came to an end.
Slowly the British public abandoned the jingoistic fervour of the summer of 1914. The newspapers began to report the casualty figures, and as these rose inexorably during the following months and years the mood of the nation slowly changed. Kitchener called for more men, and hundreds of thousands responded to the call.
Women too found themselves involved in new ways: as nurses and ambulance drivers just behind the front lines; as workers in munitions factories, satisfying the artillery’s voracious appetite for more shells, and in taking over jobs previously done by men. My own mother, then in her teens, left her Norfolk village to come to London and work for the rest of the war as a telephonist.
It was a long while, however, before the full horror of what was happening across the Channel became generally recognized.
The poet Laurence Binyon could speak at the end of 1914 of those mud and blood-
But slowly the truth filtered through: this war, uniquely, would involve the whole nation and touch every single family in it. It would be long and difficult. It would demand resilience and courage.
And it would not be glorious.
|St Luke's Church|
|1920 Dedication Service Sheet|
|The War to End All Wars|
|The Tensions in Europe|
|Galant Little Belgium|
|The Home Front and the Long Haul|
|They went with songs to the battle|
|The Battle of the Somme|