Search

Model soldiers serve as poignant tributes to villagers who lost their lives in the First World War

PUBLISHED: 10:02 05 August 2014 | UPDATED: 10:02 05 August 2014

With some of the model soldiers in Hindolveston are (L) Tim Walsh and Trevor Cross. Picture: Ian Burt

With some of the model soldiers in Hindolveston are (L) Tim Walsh and Trevor Cross. Picture: Ian Burt

Archant © 2014

Fourteen life-size model soldiers have been placed around Hindolveston, near Fakenham, as a poignant tribute to the men from the village who sacrificed their lives in the First World War.

Model soldiers in Hindolveston. Picture: Ian Burt Model soldiers in Hindolveston. Picture: Ian Burt

Each has been placed outside the home where they lived.

A voice recording, made by villager Will Crookes, 15, can be heard from the models, telling each soldier’s story.

This is part of a series of events being held to mark the village’s contribution to the Great War, organised by villagers and members of Hindolveston Parish Council.

Tim Walsh, one of the organisers, said: “This has been a real community effort and lots of people have worked very hard, including some children.

The Hindolveston Roll of Honour. Picture: Ian Burt The Hindolveston Roll of Honour. Picture: Ian Burt

“These were very special young men who gave everything, so it’s very important that we make the extra effort to honour their memories.”

The model soldiers, designed by Dave Morrison, were put up on Saturday and will remain in place until this Saturday.

On Sunday, a First World War exhibition will be held in Hindolveston Village Hall, featuring information about soldiers from the village who died, wartime memorabilia, video footage, tea and cakes made from wartime recipes and a concert of songs and poetry.

There are also plans to create a memorial garden at the village church, due to be ready for Remembrance Day, on November 11.

The project was originally thought up by Janet Ellis and has been funded by a £6,400 English Heritage Lottery Fund grant. Research has been carried out by husband and wife Trevor and Sue Cross, who found that 79 people from Hindolveston fought during the Great War and 15 died.

Not enough information could be found on the 15th soldier for him to be featured as a model.

Other news

11 minutes ago

In her latest column on parenting issues Vicki Cockerill, from Dereham, explores the impact of energy drinks on children...

55 minutes ago

Thousands of pounds worth of solar panels have been stolen from land in Langham.

A mother who gave up work to look after her suicidal son and slept on his bedroom floor to keep him safe has praised a charity telephone line for its support.

Yesterday, 08:59

Snow could be on its way to Norfolk on Sunday as the temperatures plummet to below freezing overnight.

Most Read

A mother who gave up work to look after her suicidal son and slept on his bedroom floor to keep him safe has praised a charity telephone line for its support.

Read more
Thursday, January 18, 2018

It is a problem you would expect in the crowded streets of London but a Norfolk market town has become embroiled in a battle against dangerously high pollution levels. If it is not solved residents, particularly children and the elderly, could face serious health risks. STEVE SHAW reports...

Read more
Alison Webb
Thursday, September 3, 2015

Police say they will never close their investigation into what happened to a Fakenham schoolboy who disappeared more than 40 years ago.

Read more
Norfolk police
55 minutes ago

Thousands of pounds worth of solar panels have been stolen from land in Langham.

Read more
Jason Pegden
Saturday, January 20, 2018

Here is a collection of some of your finest photographs from some of Norfolk’s best-loved towns and villages.

Read more
Fakenham

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 7°C

min temp: 5°C

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Fakenham and Wells Times e-edition today
E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter