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Find out more about these great war memorials in Needham talk

PUBLISHED: 10:35 06 October 2017 | UPDATED: 14:32 06 October 2017

A grave marker in Garboldisham, Norfolk, commemorating George F. Molineux Montgomerie. Picture: Nick Stone

A grave marker in Garboldisham, Norfolk, commemorating George F. Molineux Montgomerie. Picture: Nick Stone

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They can be found in homes and halls across the county but how much do we really now about them.

Grave markers, also known as Flanders crosses, were brought back to the country after the First World War and have become a part of homes, memorial halls, churches and chapels.

To find out more about these pieces of history, the Waveney Vally Communiy Archaelogy Group will be hosting guest speaker Nick Stone, from the First World War history project - Returned From The Front.

Mr Stone will talk about the project, which is funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council, and the Suffolk Western Front Association, at Needham Village Hall on Saturday, October 14th at 2pm.

The project is a part of the hundredth anniversary of the Great War, aiming to try and record all the temporary grave markers that were brought back to the country.

Each one of these markers represents a person’s death but they also hold a part of a story; a commemoration from the battlefields and the symbolic return of the dead back home.

These memorials can be overlooked in communities they still exist in, but the project has seen help from around the country, with the Waveney Valley Archaeology Group being an active in the Wavney area. Some of the work completed by the group can be seen in its exhibition currently on display in Beccles Museum.

The project will collect information about these crosses from across the country and create an online resource that will commemorate the person who died, where they are now located and information about these curious artefacts.

When the project started it was thought there were around 300 crosses remaining, but the total so far stands at around 550. These have been discovered in churches, schools, museums, village halls and in private hands and recorded by an army of volunteers.

Some of these monuments can be found in the Waveney Valley, and the wider region.

You do not have to be a member of the group to attend.

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