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

With food shortages at home and fighting in Palestine and Mesopotamia as well as on the Western Front this was a difficult time for many Buriton families.

This instalment of the community project reveals the roles played by Buriton servicemen during October, November and December 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 fourteenth 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 explains how some Buriton men who had been sent to India in 1914 now found themselves trying to capture Jerusalem whilst others were guarding Turkish prisoners in Baghdad as well as describing the terrible conditions on the Western Front endured by others from the parish.

And, at home, the local newspaper published a cheery letter from a Buriton man being held as a prisoner of war.

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