As the nation commemorates the centenary of the end of the First World War, a new installation at the Tower of London, Beyond the Deepening Shadow: The Tower Remembers will fill the moat with thousands of individual flames: a public act of remembrance for the lives of the fallen, honouring their sacrifice.
Miss Evelyn Irene Murrell A rare female WW1 Casualty Service number: 5145 Born in Downham Market, Norfolk in 1895 to William Murrell and his wife Harriet (nee Bird ) Innkeeper of the Coffee Pot Inn. She joined the RAF in May 1918 as a clerk and served at RAF Marham. She died of the “Spanish” influenza and pneumonia like many men at the end of the hostilities of WW1, on November 27th 1918. BUT unlike many of her fellow serving airmen who succumbed to the virulent strain of flu was not recognised on the Downham Memorial as a war casualty until 2017. Since then a wreath has been laid by the original researcher each year on November 11th. SOURCE Census, National Archives PAR 2019
The 2018 Poppy Appeal also marked the end of the Great War of 1914 -1918, an event that was commemorated by young and old throughout the UK. In Downham on 11th November, Remembrance Day, there were services and a parade and, in the early evening, the Town’s beacon, outside St Edmund’s Church, was lit. Downham & District’s Branch of the Royal British Legion played a central role in these events and for its members it was the culmination of a fortnight’s fundraising to support serving members of our British Forces and veterans. Thanks to the generosity of Downham people and the work of its volunteer collectors at the conclusion of that fortnight the Branch had raised over £30,000; the highest amount ever collected in a local Poppy Appeal. One group that volunteers regularly for the collection is the local Army Cadets force and, at a recent muster at the Bexwell HQ, they were visited by representatives of the local British Legion Branch who presented them with a certificate, in recognition of their contribution to the 2018 Poppy Appeal. During three Saturdays of the Appeal the Cadets collected almost £1,300; the third highest amount collected. Praising their effort, Peter Mouncer, President of the Downham & District Branch thanked them for their continuing commitment to the Poppy Appeal.
Thanks to the generosity of Downham people and the work of its volunteer collectors the 2018 Appeal raised over £30,500; the highest amount ever collected in our local Poppy Appeal. One group of volunteer collectors who turn out regularly to help with the Poppy Appeal is the local Air Training Corps and, at a recent muster at their Bexwell HQ, they were visited by representatives of the local British Legion Branch who presented them with a certificate, in recognition of their contribution to the 2018 Poppy Appeal. In the course of the Appeal ATC cadets collected £1,669; the second highest amount collected by any group in the Downham area. In presenting the certificate, Peter Mouncer, President of the Downham & District Branch, praised their achievement and thanked them for their continuing commitment to the Poppy Appeal.