One hundred years ago this August, the Suffolk Regiment embarked on its greatest feat of arms since its creation 229 years before; The Great War.
No conflict before it was so widely publicised or so well recorded, and for the first time men and women at home, felt the effects of the conflict and all pulled together to play a part in achieving a total victory. More photographs were taken and more books written on the conflict than any other conflict before it. Yet despite the Regiment serving in almost every theatre of the war, their legacy remains to this day, vastly overlooked with other regiments stealing the limelight and being more heavily photographed or recorded.
However, The Suffolk Regiment had a distinguished war. In addition to the 2 Regular and 3 Territorial Battalions that existed in 1914 (when the conflict commenced), a further 18 Battalions were raised with many serving overseas on active service. Their age-old motto "stabilis" or steady, still rang true, and often during the conflict, their reputation of loyalty, steadfastness and reliability, saw them supporting others in difficult situations, without ever really getting the credit that the Regiment richly deserved.
Today, whilst there is much interest in the this period of our nation's history, the Friends are trying to record as many stories, anecdotes and images from this period as we possibly can. If you have an interesting family story, a crumpled newspaper clipping or a faded photograph of a Suffolk soldier, we want to hear from you.
Before it is too late we want to ensure that these precious fragments of unrecorded regimental history are not forgotten, but recorded for future generations to access. Therefore, over the forthcoming years, here on the Friends website, we will be publishing the events of the Suffolk Regiment on the 100th anniversary of when they actually happened. Our plan is to make an online legacy that will compliment the official Regimental Histories; published over 90 years ago.
If you have something that you think we might be interested in, please get in contact with us via this website and follow the link below to the read about the Suffolk Regiment's part in The Great War.