BRANDON AT WAR

Brandon, Suffolk, has always been a strategically important point in East Anglia. Since the time of the Vikings coming up the river to the addition of the railway in the 19th century, Brandon has offered links from the fens into East Anglia. During WW1 the railways station saw men and equipment pile into, and out of, the town. Brandon lads went off to war and their letters home give an insight into how they fared. Back home in Brandon the residents endured hardship but through it all kept going. When the men returned home to a "land fit for heroes" they found it was far from that. In fact their frustrations led to the Brandon riot of 1919. When the Second World War was declared Brandon people said "I hope its not as bad as the other one" and this is apparent in the interviews with those who lived through that time. Again Brandon lads went off to war but back home there was the Black Out, Home Guard, troops billeted in and around the town and rationing. But Brandon had already seen all this in the 'Great War' ...
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ABOUT ME

... and my love of Brandon's social history.

eing Brandon born and bred I have always had an interest in the town's heritage, especially its social history. In 2001 I began researching Brandon during the Second World War, thinking it would be a project to see me through the summer. Perhaps the most interesting aspect of that research was chatting to Brandon people who lived in the town. Their accounts gave me a real insight and fuelled my interest. As the website took form people from far and wide added their own accounts, some serving in the Forces during war. My interest then turned toward Brandon during the First World War, this research has held my interest over the past few years and researching the social changes during that time has been a real eye opener! Over the past three years I have been forunate enough to get some of my research into print with proceeds benefitting charity. This 'summer project' continues to take me on a journey of discovery, with me eyeing my next projects - researching Brandon during the fifties and cataloguing old photographs of Brandon, Suffolk. I hope you enjoy my website. Darren Norton

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