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Thetford in the First World War

Find out about life in Thetford during the First World War and the surprising role Thetford’s riverside industries played in the war effort.

October 24, 2023Museum open between 10am to 4pm
Ancient House Museum, 21 Whitehart St, Thetford IP24 1AA

The ‘Thetford and the First World War’ exhibition at Ancient House forms part of a town-wide ‘Thetford Remembers’ commemoration of the Great War, with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund. At the Museum you can see a figure in the old kitchen made by sculptor Do Phillips to represent Leonard Newton, a casualty of the war who once called Ancient House his home. Leonard was recorded in the official census of 1901 as living in the house with his family and their lodgers. He was a six-year-old boy at the time. He joined the army in 1914 and was killed at Ypres in 1915. His name appears on the war memorial on the Market Place in Thetford. Museum staff recently found out that Private Newton is remembered at the Hooge Crater Museum at Ypres with a display of is cap badge and memorial plaque.