Our Lads - heroes of Heigham

This timeline takes you through the major local, regional and international events of WW1.

The children of Wensum Junior School prepared all the content for this timeline during the summer term of 2017. A small group of children worked through the autumn of 2017 to get all the information onto the interactive timeline. Thanks to Miss Lewis, Mr Hubery, Mr Wickens and Mr Storey who worked behind the scenes as 'editors in chief' to check for errors (of which there were very few!). Thanks to all involved - you truly 'worked as historians';xNLx;;xNLx;The background to the timeline is a map of Heigham and locates with a red dot the homes of the men who fell, month by month, through the war. Thanks to the National Library of Scotland who created the map to our specifications, and the Archive Centre in Norwich who provided invaluable help in understanding the layout of the area 100 years ago.

1914-06-08 00:00:00

School closed for Midsummer Holiday

Head Teacher absent for the afternoon to visit prospect Row School. Owing to the heavy rain, only 136 children present this afternoon. 23 boys transferred to Boys school. 25 girls transferred to Girl's school.

1914-06-26 17:01:35

Headteacher visits Carrow School

Attendance continues good. Percentage 94.1. Head Teacher absent for the afternoon in order to visit Carrow School.

1914-06-28 00:00:00

Archduke Franz Ferdinand assassinated

On this day, the Archduke Franz Ferdinand was shot.

1914-06-28 20:27:18

The causes of World War 1

Starting in the early 1900's, the First World War, also known as The Great War, was a devastating war which led to the death of over 17 million people.

1914-07-08 20:27:18

School visits and heavy rain

1914-07-28 02:10:10

How World War One started

Leading on from 'Archduke Franz Ferdinand assassinated' (28th June 1914).

1914-08-04 11:18:44

Britain goes to war

Within hours of Germany invading France, Britain declares war on Germany.

1914-08-06 00:00:00

Royal Navy cruiser sinks

On this day the HMS Amphion was sunk by a German mine.

1914-08-07 11:17:24

The British Expeditionary Force lands in France

The BEF lands in France.

1914-08-08 00:00:00

Comforts depot established

Comforts depot established so the public can make donations.

1914-08-11 11:17:24

Your Country Needs You!

Lord Kitchener poster 'Your Country needs you' published.

1914-08-20 00:00:00

Evacuation of Belgium

Germany invades Brussels

1914-08-22 11:17:24

Lance Corporal Thomas Dunn

Died on this day

1914-08-22 12:27:18

Heigham's first casualty

Thomas Dunn is the first man to die from Heigham.

1914-08-23 19:41:59

Private Henry Vines

Died on this day.

1914-08-24 00:00:00

First Norfolk Regiment in action

On the 24th of August, the first Norfolk regiment fought in the Battle of Mons.

1914-08-24 11:17:24

Private Fredrick Albert Page

Died on this day

1914-08-24 19:41:59

Private Frederick Betts

Died on this day.

1914-08-29 00:00:00

First wounded return home to Norfolk

On the 29th of August, the first wounded soldiers return to Norfolk.

1914-08-31 00:00:00

Recruitment surge

On August 31, there was a recruitment surge in the Norfolk, Norwich in the market place area. By Hana

1914-09-14 11:17:24

Private Henry William Middleton

Died on this day

1914-09-14 19:41:59

Private Alfred John Farrow

Died on this day.

1914-09-14 19:41:59

Private James Lewis Henry Firman

Died on this day.

1914-09-22 00:00:00

Cruises sink

This was when submarines sank a cruise.

1914-10-15 19:41:59

Company Serjeant Major William Ernest Watering

Died on this day.

1914-10-15 19:41:59

Private Charles Sidney Whittaker

Died on this day.

1914-10-19 20:43:10

First Battle of Ypres

The First battle of Ypres starts.

1914-10-25 15:04:36

Private Charles Alfred Leeder

Died on this day.

1914-10-27 11:17:24


Fifteen cases of mumps have been notified today. The class principally affected is the 1st although there are cases in all the classes. Percentage for week 83.2

1914-11-03 00:00:00

First German Naval Bombardment of Great Britain

1914-11-09 00:00:00

Miss Delves' brother leaves for the front

Miss Delves absent all day by permission pay a farewell visit to her brother who is summoned to the front.

1914-11-11 00:00:00

Private Arthur Gordon Perfect

Died on this day.

1914-12-05 11:17:24

Drill demonstration at Angel Road School

No attendance at school this afternoon. All teachers will be present at drill demonstration in Angel Road School by Miss Koetter.

1914-12-15 00:00:00

Training Corps

In 1914 December 15, Norwich Volunteer Training Corps took place in Chapelfield Drill Hall on Chapel Field Road. By Hana

1914-12-24 00:00:00

The Christmas Truce

The Christmas Truce begins.

1915-01-19 00:00:00

First Zeppelin raid

The first Zeppelin raid hits Great Britain.

1915-01-22 11:17:24

School holiday

Holiday to celebrate the signing of the armistice. Percentage for week 76.2.

1915-01-23 20:43:10

Light Restrictions

On the 23rd January 6000 light restrictions were distributed across Norwich by Special Constables.

1915-02-01 11:17:24

War brings changes to the school day

From today until further notice morning session will be 9 to 11.50 am and the afternoon session 1 to 3 pm in accordance with instructions from the Education Committee in consequence of difficulties which have arisen with the lighting of buildings in war time.

1915-02-05 11:17:24

Illness affects school attendance

Percentage this week is 73.3 . A great many of the children are suffering from coughs and colds and are unable to attend school .

1915-02-22 00:00:00

Normal school times reinstated

The school returns to its usual time for opening and closing viz. 8.50 to 11.55 and 1.30 to 4pm.

1915-03-07 00:00:00

Private Walter Charles Scotter

Died on this day.

1915-03-12 00:00:00

First Norfolk VC awarded

1915-03-15 15:04:36

Private Walter Barnes

Died on this day.

1915-03-19 18:39:04

Heavy snow affects attendance

Miss King still absent. A very deep snow this morning reduced the number present to 47.This afternoon 69 children attended.

1915-03-30 00:00:00

Private George Naven

Died on this day.

1915-04-11 00:00:00

Private William George Blythe

Died on this day.

1915-04-12 18:39:04

New teacher appointed to replace Miss Delves

1915-04-22 00:00:00

2nd Battle of Ypres

The Second battle of Ypres starts.

1915-04-22 05:34:03

First major gas attack of the First World War

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