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

Posted on Sat, 20/05/2017 - 10:26am

The latest instalment of this community project reveals the roles played by Buriton men during April, May and June 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 twelfth instalment of the research) appears in the summer edition of the Parish Magazine - and is attached as a pdf document at the bottom of this page.


This instalment describes the roles played by a number of Buriton men in the Battle of Arras (one of the fiercest episodes of the conflict) and at the Battle of Messines (one of the most successful operations of the war).


There is also an insight into the role that one of our parishioners played in the final moments of one of the terrifying Zeppelin airships.


And, at home, you can find out why children got into trouble for catching birds!


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.


Research coordinated by the Buriton Village Association will be looking at as many sources as possible.


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