About the authors
Former Headteacher, Doreen Bartlett, serves as a Lay Elder at St Andrew’s, Melton. She has a keen personal interest in local history and was part of the original church group set up to explore the stories of the men whose names appear on the Melton war memorial. “Behind the Name” published in 2009 was the inspiration and starting point for this volume.
Mary Burgess has a family connection with the area that goes back many generations. She came to live in Melton not long after the original “Behind the Name” booklet was published and was so intrigued by the stories that she wanted to take the research further and find out more. Having always had a passionate interest in local history, she started researching her own Suffolk family and also the village and villagers of Melton.
While researching his own Suffolk roots, Andy Pritchatt hit a brick wall in his family tree so decided to try something different. It was after hearing an interview on Radio Suffolk one Sunday in 2014 about researching War Memorials that he began to investigate the names on the one in his home village. His research led to a book “Ufford and The Great War” being published the following year. Whilst working on his book he realised that it is the people that returned from the war who are the forgotten, rather than those whose names are inscribed on the memorial. He wanted to tell their stories too. This motivation carried on after joining the Melton Heritage Group research team in 2015, and he hopes that this book is a worthy record of the village and villagers a century ago.
Members of the Melton Heritage Group that made the book and website possible:
Bryony Abbott, Doreen Bartlett, Mary Burgess, Carol Duce, Jennifer Hall, Claire McBurney, Andy Pritchatt and Chas Taylor.
Melton Heritage Group, founded in 2014, was a working partnership between St Andrew's, Melton Old Church Society, Melton Parish Council, Melton Primary School and Melton WI. The purpose of the group had been to plan a range of activities to commemorate and preserve the heritage of Melton in WW1 during the centenary anniversary years of this conflict.
A number of amateur local history enthusiasts within the larger body, took on the task of updating and expanding the booklet “Behind The Name”, first printed in 2009. The updated book, from which this website is derived, has been produced by volunteers, not to make a profit but to create a lasting record of village life during the Great War.
We have made every effort to check contents for accuracy and, to the best of our knowledge, all details in this publication are correct at the time of writing. The majority of the images on this site are either freely available in the public domain, gifts from family members and other supporters of the project, or free from copyright due to age.
With Thanks to:
The Melton Heritage Group would like to thank the following people and organisations for their assistance in creating this book and website:
Colin De La Rue
Dr. Edward Packard
Prof. Pamela Smith
The original “Behind the
Museum of East Anglian Rural Life
Suffolk Record Office (Ipswich)
Wickham Market Area Archive Centre
Woodbridge Library (Seckford Collection)
Grants and Support:
East Suffolk Council
Melton Old Church Society
Melton Parish Council
Melton Women’s Institute
St Andrew’s Church, Melton
Suffolk County Council
The Burness Parish Rooms
The Scarfe Trust
The National Lottery Heritage Fund under its “First World War: Then and Now” grant scheme.