Attleborough in War Time - 1919. Written by Major J. H. Kennedy


Cat No.:   CAB0329:

Written by Major J. H. Kennedy and published privately in 1919 this book provides a record of the contribution the little town of Attleborough made to the allied victory in the Great War of 1914 - 1918, both at the front and within its own environs.

Situated in the county of Norfolk, on the road from Cambridge to Norwich, about 23 km. before you actually arrive in the city. Besides the cider factory, Attleborough’s main claim to fame seems to be that in 1549 it was the centre of the “Enclosures” rebellion when the locals tore down the fences the landowners were constructing to enclose what had previously been common land. And yet in this later time of national crisis, out of a total population of 2,500 souls, 550 of the town’s men served in the armed forces.

The book keeps alive the memory of these brave souls by recording the names and service records of each one as well as separately listing the Roll of Honor of those who gave their lives in the conflict. Not that the remaining inhabitants stood idly by. A good part of the book records the happenings in Attleborough in support of the war effort, the raising of funds, the establishment of hospitals and the special contributions by both individuals and local companies, all ably set, by the author, against the larger background of the progress of the fighting.

This is a “golden” resource for anyone researching ancestors with connections to this otherwise ordinary little town in rural Norfolk. The text of the book is fully computer searchable and search speed is enhanced by our FastFind technology.

About this book and its Author

We count ourselves fortunate indeed to have been approached by our good friend Caroline K Herbert to make a digital reproduction of this very rare book. We have searched in the National collections of Great Britain, the USA and Canada without finding any trace of either this book or of its author. Caroline also considers herself fortunate to have heard that the book was listed for discard by the Attelborough local library and that she managed to arrange for it to be held by friends until she could visited England and take it into her safekeeping. We believe there are less than five surviving paper copies of this book, and all of those are in private hands.

The book is specially important to Caroline because Major John Henry Kennedy, the author, is her great uncle on her mother’s side. For her, this book is a very special link to her ancestry, not only for this link but because her grandfather, Admiral Francis William Kennedy, John Henry’s younger brother, was Captain of HMS Indomitable during the Battle of Jutland and on page 41 he is noted as having given a first hand account of the famous battle to the town’s Red Cross Hospital and to the local Boy Scouts.

Please join with us in thanking Caroline for being so generous as to allow us to to make this digital edition available to you and for being able to place a copy of the CD in the archives of the Library of Canada.

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No. of CDs is:  1 ;   Format is:  PDF ;   Searchable?:  YES;

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