Tributes in display and concerts

Mounted cavalry parading past the White Horse public house in North Street in 1917. ANL-140608-135025001
Mounted cavalry parading past the White Horse public house in North Street in 1917. ANL-140608-135025001
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The 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War has been marked in words, music and pictures in Sudbury.

Stories of the heroism and sacrifice of men from the town killed in the conflict can be seen until August 9 at Sudbury Library in a display staged by the town’s Royal British Legion.

The exhibition which includes photographs has been put together by legion members Shirley Smith and Alan Brockbank and was opened last week by the town’s mayor Robert Spivey.

Shirley has painstakingly researched every name on Sudbury war memorial to discover the history of each man who died.

Now only four of the soldiers commemorated there are still to be traced.

But she is determined to do all she can to find out who they were.

“The four are James William Hume, Walter William Kemp, Fred Charles White and John Willis,” said Shirley.

“I would really love to be able to track down some information about them to complete our roll of honour which is kept at the Heritage Centre in Sudbury Town Hall.”

The display also features the impact of the war on the home front.

Meanwhile, two lunchtime concerts reflecting the anniversary of the start of war in

1914 took place in St Peter’s Church on Market Hill.

An audience of around 150 people listened to poignant readings from “No Glorious Dead”, written by local historians Valerie Herbert and Shirley Smith.

Reader Richard Fawcett had also selected passages from other sources, reminding the audience of what was happening in Europe in 1914.

In between the readings, the audience was treated to a selection of popular songs of the day from four-piece group Voices with Patrick Friend at the piano.

And there was plenty of opportunities for joining in some of the well-known choruses Admission to all the Tuesday Lunchtime Concerts at St Peter’s is free, To to be a performer or volunteer in any other capacity, the Friends of St Peter at www.stpetersudbury.co.uk