Buriton and the First World War - what was happening 100 years ago?

Posted on Sun, 12/06/2016 - 3:58pm

The latest instalment of this community project reveals what life was like in the parish in April - June 1916 as well as describing the roles played by Buriton men in the preparations for the Battle of the Somme, at the Battle of Jutland and in some of the earliest airborne activities.

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 eighth 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 two brave men from Buriton, Thomas Hill and Alfred Kilham, were killed at the Battle of Jutland and how Francis Cave from Ditcham was one of the young pilots wrestling with unreliable flying machines as well as with the enemy and their own inexperience.

Diaries from life at home reflected the national mood when the death of Lord Kitchener was announced ?

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

 

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