Village tribute to its war dead

Unveiling of a new war memorial in Tuddenham St Mary ANL-141230-154316009
Unveiling of a new war memorial in Tuddenham St Mary ANL-141230-154316009

Tuddenham residents have finally been able to commemorate the sacrifice of 11 villagers killed in the First World War.

Until last week, the village had had no memorial to their sacrifice, but thanks to the fundraising efforts of a group of residents a permanent tribute was unveiled just hours 
before the end of the year which marked the centenary of Britain’s entry into the conflict.

“All the publicity about the First World War made us realise we did not have a memorial to our men, just a framed roll of honour in the church which is starting to fade,” said Sue Cook who led the memorial project.

The £2,500 for the memorial was raised in just a couple of months, following a plea for donations by Sue and a group of local history enthusiasts who researched information about the men who went to war and produced a book, Our Village in the First World War, a copy of which was given to every house in Tuddenham.

After its publication in August, Susan and her research partners asked the village for donations towards a permanent memorial to the soldiers.

The memorial was unveiled by 71-year-old Barry Seamark, grandson of James Taylor, one of the men named on the memorial.

The others are Edgar Willett, James Lyes, Alfred Leonard, Henry Nunn, Spencer Grimwood, Bert Lyes, Alexander Milne, Charles Scott, Edward Hollock Smith and Percy Sparkes.

“I think the memorial needed to be there, for the families of those young men who sadly never came back to the village as well as those who did,” said Sue