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King’s Lynn church leaders appeal for answers on mystery memorial names

Father Adrian Ling with the WW1 memorial window featuring names they hope to identify. ANL-140506-183804009

Father Adrian Ling with the WW1 memorial window featuring names they hope to identify. ANL-140506-183804009

The identities of eight unknown soldiers, who died in the First World War, will become the centre of an exhibition in Lynn next month.

A memorial window in All Saints Church, Hillington Square, lists the soldiers among 161 other names, and now the two reverends are appealing for help to find out more about them.

Rev Adrian Ling, of All Saints Church, has joined forces with the Rev Damon Rogers, of St Andrew’s Church in Lowestoft, to launch the appeal to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the war.

Mr Ling said: “We want to tell the stories of as many of the men as possible to really personalise the conflict. We want to forget the numbers and tell the human side of the loss and the individual experiences of the conflict.

“We would like to track down the families of these men to see if they have photos of the men, we want to put a face to the names.

“We have done a lot of research and this conflict took place in the age of photos and we think there might be photographs of the men before they went off to war.”

The men listed on the stained glass memorial window are George Bentley, Charles Buck, Robert Bridges, J Manning, William Holland, William Wright, L R Terry and W C Moore.

Mr Ling said: “It is very unusual to have a stained glass memorial window instead of a plaque.”

Mr Roger’s research has given him an opportunity to give something back to the church, which is where he found his faith, and to explore his own interest in the war.

The pair’s work has seen them visiting war graves in France and Belgium, and consulting with various reference works, but they are asking that anyone who might have information or photographs of these men comes forward.

Mr Ling said: “Anyone who has any snippets of information about who these men might be, please get in contact.”

The exhibition is opening on July 12 as part of the King’s Lynn Festival. It will open with a concert of music and First World War poetry.

During the exhibition, 
Damon Rogers will also give an illustrated talk about the men and the war.

If you have any information about the men, or photos, contact Damon on 07584 551443, or contact Adrian on 01553 771779.

 

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