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

With food shortages at home and the start of the Battle of Passchendaele across the channel, this was a difficult time for many Buriton families.


The latest instalment of this community project reveals the roles played by Buriton servicemen during July, August and September 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 thirteenth instalment of the research) appears in the autumn 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 at Passchendaele and there is also an insight into the role that railways played near to the Front – and how one of the locomotives made its way back to Buriton after the war.


And, at home, you can find out why children were collecting wool and eggs!


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