Buriton and the First World War - 100 years ago

Posted on Sun, 13/12/2015 - 10:39am

What was happening at home and abroad - 100 years ago?

The local project which is finding out more about the impacts of the four-year conflict on life at home - and to find out what happened to each of the 193 men who left the parish to take part in the war - published its latest findings in the winter edition of the Parish Magazine.

Each edition of the Parish Magazine (from Autumn 2014 to November 2018) will be summarising activities and events of 100 years ago, season by season, as seen through local eyes.

The sixth instalment of this project, covering the period October to December 1915, can be downloaded as a pdf document at the foot of this page.

This instalment tells the story of Charles Cave, of Ditcham Park House, an unusual unsung hero - described as the most under-appreciated British meteorologist of the First World War. As always, the article explains the roles on the Western Front of a number of other of the 'Brave Boys of Buriton'.

Research coordinated by the Buriton Village Association is looking at as many sources as possible but, almost inevitably, we cannot be absolutely certain about the exact location of any of the men from the parish on the battlefields at any specific time. If we have made any errors we apologise and we are always grateful to receive amendments.

If you know of anyone who might be able to help in any way, please let us know via heritage@buriton.org.uk