july, 2019

sat13julAll Daysun14WWI Tablecloth(All Day)


Event Details

A unique piece of World War I history has recently been discovered in Harleston. This fascinating artefact is a tablecloth that was inscribed by some of the staff, and the soldiers who were treated at the two British Red Cross hospitals in Harleston during 1914 – 1918. This is in their own handwriting on a piece of linen measuring approximately 3 foot by 3 foot. Some of the soldiers have also included personal details such as their regimental number, rank, unit etc.

Soldiers are from many countries including England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Canada, Australia and France. There are also Royal Navy personnel from the Royal Naval Air Service.

Most of the names can be clearly seen, and a total of 144 have so far been recorded, believed to be 107 soldiers and 37 staff.  A considerable amount of research has been carried out, and tales of gallantry and tragedy have been discovered but there are still a multitude of stories and secrets to be told about this historic tablecloth.  More deatils about our tablecloth can be found here. Read More >

The tablecloth will be professionally conserved to museum standard and it is hoped to find a suitable venue where it can be permanently displayed. It is hoped also to showcase it at some local events in Harleston during the coming months. Many thanks to Harleston Town Council and teh Grapevine for providing the money needed for the conservation.


13 jul '19, 12:00AM - 14 jul '19, 11:59PM


Pennover Centre, Pulham St Mary

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