This will be our final post on our Armistice: Legacy of the Great War in Norfolk exhibition blog. Today, January 6th, 2019 is the last day to see the exhibition, so if you haven’t done so already, be sure to make it down to the Norwich Castle Museum before 4:30 to see it before it’s gone!
However, discovering the legacy of the Great War in Norfolk does not end with the end of the exhibition. Clues of the impact of the conflict on the county are all around us, even reflected in the street names, as our volunteer, Ray found out:
Lieutenant-Commander Martin Nasmith was the Captain of submarine E11 which sank 11 Turkish ships in the Bosporus. Awarded the Victoria Cross.
Admiral David Beatty was the Commander of the Royal Navy’s Battlecruisers at the Battle of Jutland in 1916 and the Commander in Chief of the Grand Fleet from December 1916.
Admiral John Jellicoe was the Commander in Chief of the Royal Navy’s Grand Fleet at the Battle of Jutland in 1916.
Admiral John Fisher, the First Sea Lord who ordered the construction of Dreadnought class battleships in 1905 which outclassed all previous warships and started an arms race with Germany.
Admiral Frederick Sturdee was the Commander of the two battlecruisers at the Battle of the Falkland Islands in 1914, defeating the German Admiral Maximilian von Spee.
Rear-Admiral Christopher Cradock of the Royal Navy died in the defeat of his squadron by the German Admiral Maximilian von Spree at the Battle of Coronel in 1914.
Andrew Cunningham, commanded a destroyer in the First World War, and rose to Admiral of the Fleet during the Second World War.
Admiral Charles Madden, Royal Navy, was the second in command to Admiral John Jellicoe and Admiral David Beatty.
Admiral Charles Beresford, rival of Admiral Beatty and member of the Parliament and House of Lords. The embodiment of “John Bull” with a bulldog to prove it.
Admiral Roger Keyes, Commander of the Dover Patrol and its attacks on Zeebrugge and Ostend harbours to stop the U-boats in 1918.
Winston Spencer-Churchill, First Lord of the Admirality oversaw the Gallipoli Campaign 1915, served on the Western Font 1916, then was part of Lloyd George’s Coalition Government for the rest of the War.
Field Marshall Herbert Kitchener, Secretary of State for War in 1914, created the huge volunteer army for a long war. He died 1916 when the ship he was travelling on was mined and sunk en route to Russia.
General Ian Hamilton commanded the forces during the Gallipoli Campaign 1915.
Edith Cavell, was a nurse shot 1915, in Brussels, for helping 200 Allied soldiers escape to Holland.
Plaque on Lieutenant Egbert Cadbury’s billet in Great Yarmouth. He flew from the Royal Naval Air Station there to shoot down Zeppelins L.21 (1916) and L.70 (1918). Returned to family chocolate firm to run Fry’s.
During the Battle of Vimy Ridge 1917 the Canadians took the hill in two days. A 30 metre memorial there now commemorates the sixty one thousand Canadian war dead.
Named for Regiments in the 64th (Second Highland Division) which guarded Norfolk during the Great War.
Are any of these streets in your neighbourhood?
We would also like to take this final opportunity to once again thank everyone involved in putting together this exhibition.
Our volunteers for their time and support:
Dicky, Trish, Bill, Gerlinde, Margaret, Helen, Dolly, Beryl, Patricia, Sheila, Ray, Dick, Bea, Sarah, Alison, Michelle, Barry, Glenis, Michelle, Tony, Nick, Bridget, Malcolm and Tom.
We are grateful for the generous way a number of organisations and individuals have lent objects and support for the exhibition: The British Red Cross, The Imperial War Museum, The Norfolk & Suffolk Aviation Museum, Norwich Cathedral, St John’s Cathedral, The RNLI Henry Blogg Museum, All Saints Church Welborne, Gresham’s School, Mr Alan Smith, Mr Douglas Holmes, Royal British Legion, SSAFA.
We are particularly indebted to Picture Norfolk for many fine photographs www.picture.norfolk.gov.uk
This exhibition has been funded through the Heritage Lottery Fund, Norwich Town Close Estates Charity, The Trustees of the Royal Norfolk Regimental Museum, The Worshipful Company of Dyers, Norfolk Arts Service and the Costume and Textile Association.
‘And now, thanks to the Armistice, all …..trifling discomforts and pin pricks go at one blessed swoop, and we “Armistice” about with flash lamps in the road, or light cigarettes in the streets of Norwich, and this without fear of possible bombs from above, or ireful remonstrance from below on the part of our nearest neighbour, the Constable on point duty!’
Rev Bishop Fisher, Fleggburgh, 25th January 1919