At least one in three Norfolk men joined
the forces during the First World War; 100,000 in all. They
joined many different regiments and units from around the country.
12,000 Norfolk men died.
The First World War was the first in which
casualties caused by the enemy were greater than those caused
by disease. 6,000 men of the Norfolk Regiment died.
Memorial cottages were built by the Regiment, next to Mousehold
Heath in Norwich, to commemorate those of the Regiment who
died. Disabled soldiers and their families were housed in
them. After the Second World War bungalows were built in
Norwich and King's Lynn for the same purpose.
Most of the 700 parishes in Norfolk have a First World War
Memorial. They vary in form and style. The Royal Norfolk Regimental
Museum hosted and co-ordinated a community project to record
and photograph all these memorials in 1998. This material can
be viewed at the Museum by appointment.