‘It will all be over by Christmas.’ Such was the optimism in the autumn of 1914 but history and many programmes on television tell us it was an altogether different story.
Over 8 million served and lost their lives in the service of their country and freedom. Thousands more returned home maimed and continued in their suffering. From cities, towns and from villages like ours young men and women responded to the call ‘Your country needs you’.
Ordinary everyday people who worked on farms and tradespeople leaving homes and loved ones. On land, on the sea and in the air, men and boys, nurses and women working in ammunition factories and others, all were caught up in events beyond their imagining.
To commemorate and honour those who died from Fressingfield and those who served, we are launching the book ‘Sons, Husbands and Fathers’ compiled and written by three members of the Fressingfield Local History and Archive Group and are holding an exhibition of photographs and stories from that time on Saturday 25 August in the Sancroft Hall, Fressingfield from 10 am to 4 pm. Teas and coffee will be served. We hope to see you there. Copies of the book will be on sale, price £10. A percentage of the profits will be donated to the Royal British Legion.