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

The period April to June 1918 was a busy one for Buriton: with daring action on the battlefields and at sea tinged with great sadness in the village.

This instalment of the community project reveals the roles played by Buriton servicemen 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 sixteenth 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 explains how Stuart Bonham Carter of Buriton House took part in the Navy’s daring Zeebrugge Raid (which Winston Churchill described as “the finest feat of arms” in the war) and how his brother, Algernon, also made the headlines in April when he escaped from buildings overrun by German troops and crawled almost two miles in mud and rain to get back to the British lines.

At home, Buriton witnessed the unprecedented sight of a funeral with full military honours for young Alan Kite, 18, who had died after a training accident with the Royal Flying Corps.

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