Welcome to Burbage 1914. Originally it was intended that this website would document the events of the Great War as they affected the people of Burbage, 100 years on.
I'm hoping to update pages during the lockdown. The recent decision by the National Archive to make war diaries available FOC might help me fill some of the gaps.
The December 1918 Parish Magazine article and update to the Parish Register will be the last made on these pages. I hope now to focus on the lives of Burbage residents.
Pedal to Paris with the Royal British Legion - The Burbage Contingent has grown and last year five of us covered the 285 miles from London to Paris and between us we raised about £4500 for the Royal British Legion. We thoroughly enjoyed the ride and we've signed up for the 2020 event. Please see my Pedal to Paris page for further details of how you can help and, in return, learn about your First World War ancestors.
Act of Remembrance 2018
The words that follow were read out by the vicar at All Saints’ Church on 11thNovember 2018. They remind us that the War affected the whole community and of the need to remember those who remained at home as well as those who fought on land, at sea and in the air.
We remember all those of our forebears who served their country in so many different ways during the First World War in order to bring about the Armistice 100 years ago at precisely 11 o’clock on the 11thday of the 11thMonth of 1918.
We remember the 110 men of Burbage who joined the armed forces, the seamen of the Merchant Navy and the fishermen who were exposed to the fury of the war at sea, particularly the submarine war, the nurses, munitions workers and all who supported the national war effort on the land, in the mines, the transport workers and those employed in the weapons and ship building industries.
We remember the children and those who remained at home to bring up and teach children, clergy who preserved the faith and morale of the population during those times of stress and distress and older people who helped to raise funds and to provide warm clothing for the troops. We remember their counterparts in the Second World War and more recent conflicts.
And so let us remember before God, and commend to his sure keeping; those who have died for their country in war, those whom we know and whose memory we treasure, and all who have lived and died in the service of mankind.
They shall not grow old as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them nor the world condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
we will remember them.
Burbage Hanging - A group of local artists have put together a textile wall hanging to mark 100 years since the end of the Great War. The images relate to Burbage and the finished piece was hanging in All Saints' Church in time for Remembrance Day 2018.
Pages Updated 2018/19
Francis Samuel Mundy service detail added - 2 May 18
Parish Magazine May 1918 - 2 May 18
William Hope service detail added - 4 May 18
Parish Magazine June 1918 - 27 Jun 18
Edward Cecil Belben service detail added - 27 Jun 18
Parish Magazine July 1918 - 23 Aug 18
Burbage War Shrine & Memorial Contributors - 23 Aug 18
Frederick Charles Allford service detail added - 26 Nov 18
Burbage Hanging Image added (home page) - 26 Nov 18
Parish Magazine August to October 1918 - 8 Jan 19
Parish Magazine November 1918 - 2 Mar 19
Parish Magazine December 1918 - 12 Mar 19
David George Vardy service detail added 24 Feb 20