A new book recounting the stories of soldiers from Botesdale, Redgrave and Rickinghall who fought during the First World War was officially launched during a commemorative exhibition on Saturday.
More than a hundred people, many of whom were relatives of the men, visited Rickinghall Inferior Church to attend the unveiling of ‘Lest We Forget’, a research text giving detailed accounts of both those listed on the village’s war memorial and the survivors who returned home.
Researched by Diana Maywhort and Deborah Wells and published by Quatrefoil, the book includes personal stories and photographs of the soldiers, including some related to the authors, as well as interviews with many of their living descendants.
The accompanying exhibition featured displays of artefacts from the First and Second World Wars provided by John Bennett and Robin Jenkinson, talks from Graham Clayton and Arthur Bryant on the topics of the Home Guard and life in Botesdale during the war, respectively, and information about Basil Brown’s discovery of the Sutton Hoo ship burial, which will be the subject of another upcoming book from Quatrefoil.
The event also raised £56.50 for the Rickinghall Church fabric fund, for which repair work is due to commence in September.
‘Lest We Forget’ is currently available for £5 from the Hilltop Hardware and Pet Food Store in Botesdale, or it can be purchased directly from Diana Maywhort by calling 01379 898785.