Impact of War on Hindolveston
Inevitably the people of Hindolveston has involvement in both world wars. Local historians and enthusiasts have created records in the form of websites relating to those that fought and died in World War 1 and a tragic accident in which a Wellington bomber plane BK440 came down close to the village in World War 2. Please take a look below.
World War I
In the summer of 2014, 100 years after the start WW1, those soldiers who had lived in the village and died in that war, were remembered. Full size figures were placed where they lived in the village together with audio commentaries of their life and service. In addition an exhibition with displays, songs, readings and a ‘1914’ tea was also laid on. This website, Hindolveston WW1 Rememberance, is a record in honour of those villagers that fought and died for their country.
World War II
On the 11th December 1943, Wellington BK440 took off from RAF Little Horwood, 26 O.T.U. detailed to carry out a navigation training sortie, and crashed near Park Farm, Hindolveston, eight miles E.S.E. of Fakenham in Norfolk. All the crew were killed.
A former local resident, the late Mr Richard Gray, took the time to research the events of that night and these have been recorded on WW2 Talk: My tribute to the crew of Wellington BK440.
Heroes of Our Time
Among the many talents and attributes Mr Gray had, was that of a phenomenal researcher of military history and in particular collating the details the events around those individuals that paid the ultimate price during their service to their country, including the Wellington crash (see above).
Much of his work has been captured on an excellent website created by his family and is based on the 2600+ documents and 6300+ photographs that he gathered. It is a huge source of relevant local information including airfields, military bases and useful links for anyone wanting to follow up with their own research. The website is simply called Heroes of Our Time and can be reached by clicking here.
Our thanks go to his daughter Donna Gray and her partner Darren Rose for taking the time to create the website which honours among the many, the Hindolveston soldiers that served and died in WWI as well as the crew of the Wellington BK440 that crashed just outside the village in December 1943.