There But Not There

01 November 2018 - 30 November 2018
00:00 - 00:00
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Silhouettes paying tribute to soldiers who died in battle will be displayed in the Cathedral as part of the nationwide There But Not There project.

Three silhouettes will sit in the choir stalls in memory of former choristers from 
the Norfolk Regiment:

Thomas Watling, of the Norfolk Regiment’s 8th Battalion
Private Watling was a chorister at Norwich Cathedral from 1907 to 1913.
He died in action on 26 September 1916 and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial in France.

Private Donald J Savage, of the Norfolk Regiment’s 1st/4th Battalion
Private Savage was a chorister at Norwich Cathedral from 1904 to 1910.
He died in action on 19 April 1917 and is buried in Gaza War Cemetery.

Private Sidney Fuller, of the Norfolk Regiment’s 7th Battalion
Private Fuller was a chorister at Norwich Cathedral from 1902 to 1905.
He died at Arras on 19 September 1917 and is buried in Monchy British Cemetery, in Monchy-le-Preux, France.

In St Saviour's Chapel two silhouettes will represent two more soldiers with links to the Cathedral:

Second Lieutenant James Donald Allen Bell, of the Lancashire Fusilier’s 6th Battalion, and Second Lieutenant Benedict Godfrey Allen Bell, of the Royal Air Force’s 48th Squadron.

The Revd James Allen Bell was appointed as Canon Residentiary at Norwich Cathedral on 7 April 1918.
The next day news reached him that his sons Donald and Benedict were missing in action and both were later confirmed dead.
Second Lieutenant James Bell is buried at Templeux-Le-Guerard Communal Cemetery in the Somme, France.
Second Lieutenant Benedict Bell is commemorated on the Arras Flying Services Memorial at Pas de Calais, France.

Sub-Lieutenant Russell Bolingbroke will be remembered with a silhouette in St Luke's Chapel:

Sub-Lieutenant Russell Bolingbroke, of HMS Paragon
Sub-Lieutenant Bolingbroke was the son of Leonard George and Alice Laura Bolingbroke of Stranger’s Hall, in Norwich. Leonard was also Chapter Clerk and historian of Norwich Cathedral.
Sub-Lieutenant Bolingbroke served in the Royal Navy on HMS Paragon.
The ship was torpedoed in the Dover Straits in March 1917, with the loss of all on board.
Sub-Lieutenant Bolingbroke is commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial.

Five former Norwich School pupils will be remembered with silhouettes in the Nave:

Major Frederick Manners-Smith, 2nd Battalion of the 3rd (Queen Alexandra’s Own) Gurkha Rifles
Major Manners-Smith attended Norwich School from 1883 to 1888.
He died of wounds received in the trenches near La Bassée in the retreat from Mons and he is buried in the Béthune Town Cemetery in Northern France.

Lance Corporal Harold Chapin, Royal Army Medical Corps
Lance Corporal Chapin attended Norwich School in 1900.
He died on 26 September 1915 after he was caught in gunfire while attempting to rescue a wounded man, and he is buried at the cemetery at Loos-en-Gohelle in Northern France.

Lieutenant William Harris, Royal Army Medical Corps
Lieutenant Harris attended Norwich School from 1890 to 1894.
He drowned at sea on 15 April 1917, when his boat was hit by a torpedo, and he is remembered on the memorial plaque at Mikra Cemetery, Greece.

Second Lieutenant Henry Pillow, Middlesex Regiment, 7th Squadron Royal Flying Corps
Second Lieutenant Henry Pillow Corps attended Norwich School from 1905 to 1910.
He was killed in action on 8 August 1917 and is buried at the Mendingham Military Cemetery in Belgium.

Major Leonard Hill, Royal Field Artillery. BEF Special Reserve of Officers 162nd Brigade 23rd Division
Major Hill attended Norwich School from 1896 to 1901.
He was an instructor in an Artillery School in France when he contracted pneumonia and died in hospital on 10 October 1918. He is buried at Abbeville Communal Cemetery Extension, France.

A standing silhouette representing all fallen soldiers will be moved around the Cathedral, spending time next to the grave of First World War heroine Edith Cavell, the Book of Remembrance and other memorials.
For more about events at Norwich Cathedral this Remembrancetide click here

Download a leaflet about the soldiers remembered in Norwich Cathedral's There But Not There installation: Norwich Cathedral There But Not There

Picture: Paul Hurst