Wartime

During the 1st World War, many men from Shelfanger went into the services and the list of names on the plaque on the Church Tower shows how many men from the small village gave their lives. The Church clock was given in memory of these men, and is maintained by the Parish Council. In the 2nd World War eight local men went into the services, and mercifully, all returned. A large contingent of the Home Guard was formed of men from Shelfanger, Winfarthing and Diss Heywood, under the command of Mr. S. J. Cole of Winfarthing. They drilled regularly on Sundays and had training camps. On one occasion, a search was made for an escaped Prisoner of War. Being surrounded by airfields, there was ceaseless air activity; Flying Fortresses going out by day on raids. One plane came down in High London Lane, and another straddled the Diss Road. Incendiary bombs fell in Heywood Road and near Lime Tree Farm. Searchlights were located at Winfarthing and The Heywood. A section of the Red Cross was organised by Mrs. Hargreaves, then living at - Spa House. Land girls came to work on the farms. It can be seen that this small village played its full part in the war effort. A string of bombs was dropped in Heywood Road, past Green Farm. On one occasion, a boy was taking a horse to the blacksmith to be shod. As he came onto the main road, a jeep approached from Winfarthing, at speed, hit the horse, and flung it into the garden of The Laurels, dead. ©1984 members of Shelfanger WI other highlights in this section include Bomber Crash

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