Buriton and the First World War - at home and abroad 100 years ago

Posted on Sun, 06/03/2016 - 6:30pm

What was happening at home and abroad 100 years ago and why were some brave boys of Buriton out in India?

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 spring 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 seventh instalment of this project, covering the period January to March 1916, can be downloaded as a pdf document at the foot of this page.

This instalment explains how George Watts, aged 25 and a resident of Buriton High Street, lost his life on the Western Front. It also explains why a number of men from Buriton found themselves 6,000 miles from home in the distinctly different climate of India.

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, but our research is based on as many sources of data as possible. 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

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