“Sons of this place, let this of you be said. That you who live, are worthy of your dead. These gave their lives, that you who live may reap. A richer harvest, ‘ere you fall asleep.” – Brandon, Suffolk, War Memorial
Brandon, Suffolk, was a town of about 2,500 residents in 1914 and employment centred around agriculture (farming and timber) and processing rabbit fur. It is a border town split between Suffolk and Norfolk. Hundreds of men, mostly serving with the Norfolk Regiment, left the town to fight in the ‘Great War’ and many others, who had left the town prior to the outbreak of war, also enlisted. It was not just men who contributed to the war effort, but dozens of Brandon women enlisted too – in the Red Cross, Volunteer Aid Detachment (VAD) and raising charity in Brandon. Sixty-five names appear on Brandon’s war memorial from that war, but life also carried on in town, although it became increasingly difficult to do so. The links below will show you what life was like for the men women and children of Brandon, serving their country or living at home in the town.
These links tell the story of those men who went to war and died (Memorial names), those servicemen not remembered on the war memorial because they survived or had moved from Brandon before they died (Servicemen), the groups and committees set up to administer control in the town (The Town), what life was like for residents during wartime – rationing, scandal, sympathy; (The Times) and stories about certain residents (The People). The final link shows photographs of some of those people I have uncovered during the course of my research (The Faces).