Book to be launched documenting Harleston’s war dead

Harleston, Norfolk. Launch of Ruth Walton's book

Harleston, Norfolk. Launch of Ruth Walton's book "We Will Remember" about the lives of the Harleston men who fought and died in two world wars pictured with Barry Woods chairman of Harleston Town Council ANL-140528-124116001

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A book to remember the Harleston war dead will be released on August 1.

‘We Will Remember’ tells the story of Harleston soldiers from 1914-1946 and is being released to coincide with the 100 year anniversary of the start of the First World War.

The book is written by Ruth Walton, who lives in Alburgh, and will include details and stories of the 97 men who lost their lives fighting in the two World Wars.

“It has taken me nine months of research and writing. I had to research the details of the men on the memorial. These details included names, dates of birth, family, where they lived and their relation to Harleston.”

The book includes interesting and moving tales of soldiers who lost their lives.

“There were three brothers from Wortwell, surname Borrett, who died within seven months during 1916, two in France and one in Palestine.”

There is also the story of George Dove, who worked as a gardener at Sandringham House.

“He died at Gallipoli while serving with the 1st/5th Battalion Norfolk Regiment in an event that was dramatised in the film ‘All the King’s Men’ in 1999.”

Ruth’s interest in researching fallen soldiers started four years ago in her home village of Alburgh.

“We had our memorial restored. I undertook research on those people to help with the restoration.”

Money raised from the book will go to ‘Walking with the Wounded’, something which she thought was important.

“The proceeds from the book are going to ‘Walking with the Wounded’ because it is a Norfolk based charity and hopefully the money will go towards helping someone from Norfolk.”

The book will be on sale from August 1 from the council offices, library, museum and church in Harleston.

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