Buriton and the First World War - news from 100 years ago

The latest instalment of this community project reveals the roles played by Buriton men during the last three months of 1916 (amidst the terrible weather on the Somme) 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 tenth instalment of the research) appears in the winter 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 attritional, stalemate fighting and waterlogged trenches during the last few weeks of the Battle of the Somme as well as an insight into the responsibilities of our Buriton pilot flying over the battlefields.

At home, there were rising food costs, enforced blackouts and the dreaded telegrams about casualties on the front line.

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