Forncett Great War Project and the start of the Timeline will be launched on Saturday 2nd August in Forncett St Peter's Church between 2 and 4pm. This is a chance to come along for a chat and see what our Project is all about. The project team, including Archivist John Webster, will be on hand to answer questions and receive any information you can provide us with. If you have a Forncett relative who served in WW1, or have family memories of that time in the village, come and talk to us. If you are looking for information about a Forncett soldier you may find it here.
The Timeline will be in real time and building over a four year period, so initially it will feature the lead up to and the causes of WW1. Gradually information will be fed into this, such as the recruitment of volunteers from the village, snippets of village life at the time, and what was happening in the bigger picture in Norfolk, the country and on the battlefield. Eventually you will be able to track what happened to some of these men, who came home and those who died.
June 28th 1914 was the date of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austro-Hungary and his wife in Sarajevo. Was this the cause of WW1 and why did Britain become involved? Who were the first Forncett boys to volunteer? These are some of the answers you will find. We hope that at the end of the Project we will have a record of how WW1 affected the lives of those who lived in Forncett. It is, therefore, important that we receive any information that people may have. Already a number of people have been in touch from around Norfolk who have family members from Forncett who served in the Great War.