Norwich's Military Legacy (ePub)
Originally a town that was built of wood by the Anglo-Saxons, it was later burned down and then rebuilt as England’s second city, after London, by William the Conqueror. Riots between the church and the citizens saw Norwich at war with the Pope in 1272 when a gate was constructed as a penance. The Norfolk Regiment has seen its men in combat from the Napoleonic Wars, the Crimean War, the Boer War and both World Wars. The more recent conflicts in the Falklands, Iraq and Afghanistan have also witnessed the bravery of the Norfolks. A comprehensive list of military personnel who gave their lives is examined, including Norwich-born Second Lieutenant Wilfred Edwards VC, as well as an account of 9694 Private John Henry Abigail of the Norfolk Regiment who, on 12 September 1917, aged 21, was executed for being AWOL. It would not be until November 2006 that Private Abigail was pardoned by the British government.
As featured inThe Great War Magazine, May 2019
The author has done a fine job of recounting this rich military legacy with a good selection of photographs illustrating his text.Firetrench
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As featured inLets Talk! (Norfolk)
Norwich is now my adopted city, of course, having lived in North Norfolk for the last 25 years. Michael Chandler looks at Norwich's military history through the centuries in a vibrant and very readable account. Absolutely essential reading for social historians and local people alike.Books Monthly
As featured inEastern Daily Press