First World War

First World War Commemorations: 4 August 2014 marked the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War. During this Centenary, people of all ages throughout the United Kingdom have and will be reflecting on the events of the First World War, the experiences of men and women here and overseas, and how the war has shaped the last 100 years.

The Heritage Lottery Fund can provide funding to help groups, communities and organisations mark the Centenary by exploring, conserving and sharing the heritage of the First World War, from memorials, buildings and sites, to photographs, letters and literature. click 

First World War Victoria Cross Holders from Suffolk

The gentlemen shown in the table below were either born or predominantly resided in Suffolk and were awarded the Victoria Cross. To commemorate this, paving slabs will be laid in their honour. Click on the images to find out more about their enthralling stories.

Charles Doughty-Wylie

Arthur F. Saunders

Claude Castleton

Spencer 'Joe' Bent

William Henry Hewitt

Thomas Crisp

Samuel Harvey


Source Summary of Project More info
Imperial War Museums

Learning resources for schools

BBC Schools Learning resources for schools primary and secondary click
British Library Explore a wealth of original source material, over 50 newly-commissioned articles written by historians, teachers' notes and more to discover how war affected people on different sides of the conflict click
National Archives Our First World War programme explores major anniversaries and key aspects of the war through themes (such as technology and the Middle East), special projects and partnerships. click
1914 - IWM and Partners highlights centenary events and resources from across the globe click
University of Oxford & JISC First World War Poetry Digital Archive - podcasts click
DCLG First World War Centenary Toolkit for Local Communities click
BBC Radio Suffolk Places in Suffolk that tell a story of World War One - audio recordings
East Anglian Daily Times Local Suffolk stories form the Homefront and the Frontline click
The Western Front Association A range of resources: from lectures, schools to higher education, personal stories and records click
FaceBook Follow the story of Walter Carter, a fictitious First War World Reservist Soldier click
Suffolk Records Office / Suffolk Libraries To learn about local or personal links to the First World War, Suffolk libraries and record offices provide free access to and where you can search military records.  
Click here to view a file detailing First World War Projects that have taken place or are in development in Suffolk.




Sunday 4 November 2018

St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Bury St Edmunds

‘Crimson Glory’ event in the Cathedral involving schools and community choirs.

Wednesday 7 November 2018

St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Bury St Edmunds

‘Eve of Peace’ multi-faith evening commemoration in the Cathedral will include the Standards of Service units, Service Charities and local descendants of those who gave their lives.

Thursday 8 November 2018

Across Suffolk

Royal British Legion Suffolk will engage schools across the county where school children will simultaneously, at 11am, lay wreaths or crosses at the graves of those who died because of their First World War service.   In the county there are 247 cemeteries containing over 1,320 Great War graves.

Sunday 11 November 2018

Across Suffolk

Community services will follow the normal format for Remembrance Sunday throughout the County.