The parish of Buriton (the place and its people) has played its part in both world wars and our projects are revealing some fascinating findings.

The First World War

Our project to find out more about the impacts of the four-year conflict on life at home in Buriton – and to find out what happened to each of the 193 men who left the parish to take part in the war – is now well underway.

Our research is trying to look at as many sources as possible and we are summarising our findings, season by season, covering the activities and events of 100 years ago – as seen through local eyes. Copies of these summaries are available below.

If you have any comments on any of these summaries, if you know anything extra or are able to help in any other way, please let us know via heritage@buriton.org.uk

Perhaps you have some family stories of wartime – or letters or diaries which suggest what life was like in this area in those troubled times? If so, please get in touch.

D-Day

Like many parts of the country, the parish of Buriton bore witness to a number of aspects of Operation Overlord, the top secret build up to D-Day, without ever knowing what was going on.

To mark the 70th anniversary of D-Day, and thanks to generous assistance from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Portsmouth City Council’s D-Day Museum, we were able to conduct research into local connections and publish our findings.

Our publication ‘Buriton & D-Day: the 1944 invasion through local eyes’ contains information about: the build-up of troops in and around the parish; parachuting into Normandy soon after midnight; landing on the beaches later on D-Day; and the follow-up operation (including the Mulbery Harbours).

Our search to identify the Regiments of Canadians who camped around the village in the spring / early summer of 1944 still continues. If you have any knowledge about these troops or their movements in the weeks before D-Day, please let us know: heritage@buriton.org.uk

First World War Articles

Our new project to find out more about the impacts of the four-year conflict on life at home in Buriton – and to find out what happened to each of the 193 men from the parish who took part in the war – is now underway. Our research will be looking at as many sources as possible and we will be summarising our findings, season by season, covering the activities and events of 100 years ago – as seen though local eyes.

Here (below) are our findings so far. Almost inevitably, we cannot be absolutely certain about the exact location of any of the men from the parish on the battlefields at any specific time, but our research is based on as many sources of data as possible. If we have made any errors we apologise and we are always grateful to receive amendments.

Autumn of 1914

This first instalment covers the period August to November 1914

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1914 Winter

This instalment covers November 1914 to January 1915

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1915 Spring

January – March 1915

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1915 Summer

April – June 1915

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1915 Autumn

July to September 1915

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1915 Winter

October to December 1915

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1916 Spring

January to March 1916

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1916 Summer

April to June 1916

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1916 Autumn

July to September 1916

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1916 Winter

October to December 1916

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1917 Spring

January to March 1917

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1917  Summer

April to June 1917

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1917 Autumn

July to September 1917

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1917  Winter

October to December 1917

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1918 Spring

January to March 2018:

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1918 Summer

April to June 2018: coming soon

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More articles to be added shortly

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