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Drayton church appeals for war hero details 

DraytonWarMemorial253A Norwich church is appealing for information about the local people who played a part in the World War One so that it can include them as part of a Heritage Open Day it is due to stage.

As part of a Heritage Open Day to be held at St Margaret’s Church, Drayton and in conjunction with commemorating the start of World War One it is planned to mount an exhibition featuring Drayton men and women involved in that conflict.
Organiser Terry Riches has posed the question: “Did you have a grandfather, great grandfather or any other relative who was born or lived in Drayton and played a part in the Great War, 1914-­-18? If so, then you may be able to help.”
It has been possible to access the basic service details of the men killed and later named on the Drayton War Memorial but there is no detailed information or photographs of the men themselves. The men named on the memorial are: F.W. Bailey; T.E. Barrett; J.W. Clarke; B. Stevenson; C.E. Stevenson; C.P. Steward; S.S. Wainwright; C.W. Warnes; W.H. Waters, M.M. Do you have information about any of these men?
In addition to the men named there were many others who fought or were involved in World War I who happily returned home to their families. Very little is known about these Drayton men and women. Can you help by providing any information?
The Heritage Open Day Project, which will also include a display of wedding photographs and dresses over the years and maps showing the growth of Drayton over the centuries, is part of the project for essential repairs at St. Margaret’s Church supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
If you can and are willing to help in any way please contact Terry Riches on 01603 860123 or email: terry.riches@virgin.net  

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