The Home Front
Life at home was changed by war. Like many women, Reginald’s sister, Olive March, had to take on the work of men who joined the army. She was the first female driver in Stalham, delivering bread.
As soldiers returned, they gradually took up civilian life again. We know that Edward Allcock took over his late father’s butcher shop in Stalham High Street, and that Reginald March, who served in Egypt at the end of the First World War, returned home and eventually took over Bristow’s Mill.
However, Fred Cooke, a member of the Royal Garrison Artillery, did not forget the war. He planted an apple tree in his garden in Catfield as a memorial to his lost comrades, and to his brother and brother in law who were both killed when their ships were bombed.