An appeal has gone out to descendants of fallen First World War heroes to come forward ahead of a night to commemorate their sacrifice.
An event has been scheduled for Monday, July 28 at St Mary’s Church, Redgrave, which will pay tribute to the men from the parish of Redgrave cum Botesdale.
The theme of the evening will be bringing the soldiers ‘back to life’, through describing each of the men as individuals.
The evening will be made up of readings, songs, music and drama, with each item being introduced by a short biographical sketch about each of the men.
Tim Hall, organising the event on behalf of the Redgrave Church Heritage Trust, is hoping to trace relatives of the soldiers, some of whom do not appear on the church war memorial, as well as people who have anecdotes of the men.
“It is to remember and think about all those individuals who left the village, and thinking this was the right thing to do, and went through stuff that none of us can even imagine,” he said.
“It is an opportunity to think back and remember them as individuals.”
Proceeds from the evening will be shared between St Mary’s Church and Combat Stress.
Mr Hall added that he has been helped by Di Maywhort, who is penning a book for the Redgrave History Group for the men listed on the Botesdale memorial, which also includes names from Rickinghall.
If anyone has any information about any of the fallen soldiers (see right) or memories and stories from the First World War in the parish of Redgrave cum Botesdale, contact Tim Hall at firstname.lastname@example.org
Di Maywhort would like to hear from anyone connected to the Botesdale memorial via email at email@example.com