MEMORY LANE: Highlights from the Diss Express in 1922

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The committee organising the Diss war memorial in April, 1922, put an appeal in the Diss Express, to pay up the remaining £12 5s 5d debt that was owed for its construction.

People were urged to make their donations, or further donations, to W.M. Thomas, or Mr Clement Gaze. It has been noted by local historians just how much of a struggle it was in Diss to get a memorial in place.

n Clement Gaze was mentioned again in another article in the same April 7 issue, this time referred to as Captain Clement Gaze.

A ceremony was held in recognition of his role as commanding officer of the local company of volunteers organised during the war.

Commanding the Diss company, the volunteers filled gaps in garrison duty otherwise held by regular troops.

n In Eye the first ever meeting of the Women’s Institute was held. The venue was the dining hall of the old Grammar School and 51 people enrolled.

n In football, Diss was “in for a licking to the tune of 10-0” according to one follower of the game speaking to the Express reporter.

The match report, of a game against the British Legion, the league champions, revels in the fact that Diss actually drew the game 1-1, succumbing only to a penalty late in the game.