Remembering our fallen heroes

SOLDIER: Walter Goody.
SOLDIER: Walter Goody.
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Countless lives were lost on the battlefields of the First World War.

Many of the stories of those who fought in the conflict were buried along with the bodies of the men who perished.

The pain of losing a father, brother, son or husband was just too much for some families to bear, leaving a name on a memorial plaque as the only lasting connection for relatives.

In an attempt to learn more about these forgotten heroes, and to mark the centenary of the beginning of the war, Long Melford Heritage Centre is planning to commemorate the servicemen of Long Melford.

The centre will hold a special exhibition next year, with villagers being asked to lend photographs of ancestors who fought in the war.

“We felt we had to do something to commemorate the start of the First World War – and the heritage centre is the perfect venue,” said parish councillor John Nunn, who helped set up the centre.

“We would like to link the men and women on the Roll of Honour to the families still living in the village.

“The photos will be loaned and copied and then given back and hopefully will reveal some great stories as well.”

The display will take place in April and interest in the project is expected to be high.

Mr Nunn has unearthed the story of Regimental Sergeant Major Walter Goody, who lived in Southgate Street, and won numerous medals, including the Military Cross, before his death in April 1918.

“We have started doing research ready for the centenary and it gives us the chance to collate our display,” said Mr Nunn.

“Walter Goody was one of Long Melford’s very own war heroes. We hope to find similar stories.”

If you have any photos, call heritage volunteer John Broughton on 01787 880886. To view the roll of honour, see the Free Press website.