Forncett Great War Project Completed

Written by Jackie Lanaway.

GWlogoWith the completion of the Great War Timeline our four year project is coming to an end. The last of the panels from January 1918 to the Armistice of November that year, (plus post-war to June 1919, when the Treaty of Versailles was signed) have joined the rest of the Timeline in its new home at the Norfolk Tank Museum located in Forncett. This is an exciting development for us as it will have a permanent home there which has kindly been offered by Stephen Machaye, Chairman and Curator of the museum. 

Researching details for the Timeline and Forncett Book of Remembrance has been interesting and sobering on what was a tragic journey. Considering the scale of the Great War it would have been impossible to cover all aspects of events that occurred in the conflict. In creating the Timeline we have attempted to show how the Great War affected the villagers of Forncett and we have recorded the recruitment and fate of the Fallen against a background of international and some local events.

It is hoped that our undertaking may inspire others to seek further information on the Great War of 1914 to 1918. It is a moment in history which is gradually disappearing from the consciousness of succeeding generations. For that reason we have completed this project, ”Lest We Forget”. 

Our sincere thanks are extended to all those who participated in research, provided information or supporting material and have contributed to the success of this venture. Forncett Book of Remembrance continues to be displayed in Forncett St Peter and St Mary churches. 

Plans are being made to join in with the Tank Museum Armistice Centenary Commemorations at the Museum on 11th November this year. Further details will be posted nearer the time and in Forncett Flyer.