100 years ago - effects of the First World War on the parish in the first few months of 1917

Posted on Sun, 05/02/2017 - 2:26pm

The latest instalment of this community project reveals the roles played by Buriton men during the first three months of 1917 as well as describing what life was like at home in the parish at that time.

The project is gradually finding out more and more about the impacts of the conflict on life at home - and about each of the men who left the parish to take part in the war.

The latest information (the eleventh instalment of the research) appears in the spring edition of the Parish Magazine - and is attached as a pdf document at the bottom of this page.

This instalment describes how the wet autumn on the Western Front was followed by a hard winter making life in the trenches miserably uncomfortable. Some Buriton men were involved in holding these lines, whilst others were preparing for a spring attack, further north. Meanwhile, out in Mesopotamia, there was some valiant action resulting in the capture of Baghdad from the Turks in March 1917.