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 trenches are the defining visual image of the Great War. Both sides created them when it became obvious that for all the 'pushes' and counter-
The trenches stretched for hundreds of miles across northern France, once the earlier ones in Southern Belgium were abandoned, and they became 'home' to hundreds of
thousands of soldiers.
The trench was a narrow but deep ditch, designed to shield the men who were on look-
Hot food came from the Company cook-
Every day, my father told me, the newspaper seller would visit with copies of the Daily Mail. No escaping from the football results and news from home. The trouble was that periodically the senior officers would decide that it was time for another desperate attempt to dislodge the enemy. Bayonets would be fixed, ashen faced young men would line up in the trenches awaiting the signal -
summon them to climb the steps out into the open, there to face, inevitably, the devastating fire of the German machine guns. It was some time into the War before the Allies were equipped with these deadly weapons, and it was the multiple, sustained rain of bullets that caused most of the casualties.
Above all this was the constant barrage of the big guns, firing from both sides but well behind the lines. Their thunderous roar could be heard at times far away across the Channel in Kent. Most of the shells simply exploded in the soft soil of Flanders or the Somme -
In the midst of all this -
Some soldiers simply couldn't stand it. 'Shell-
|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|