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Ipswich Building Society explores First World War heritage

Added: Thursday 7 August 2014

Ipswich Building Society explores First World War heritage

WW1 exhibition at Society's Halesworth branch

Society hosts Royal British Legion talk

Alan Clapson web

Ipswich Building Society has rummaged through its archive to explore what the Society and the staff got up to during the First World War and how they upheld the Government's 'business as usual' policy.

The exhibition is being held at the Society's Halesworth branch until Monday 18 August and includes a 'spotlight on staff', including the story of Mr Hunwick, a director, who was enlisted to fight. An account of the Society's pre-war Kensington Road Ipswich development and a study of Stoke Hall Ipswich, which details the government's request for a portion of the vaults to store ammunition, is also included.

On Wednesday the Society's archivist was in branch all day talking to members about heritage and answering questions. At 4pm the branch hosted a talk by Alan Clapson, representing the Royal British Legion, who spoke about the sacrifices the men of Halesworth faced and made during the war period. His talk included photos and stories of where the men came from, notably a large number of those enlisted came from Chediston Street.

Michelle Monck, General Manager Marketing, Ipswich Building Society, commented:

"It's a privilege to play host to the Royal British Legion and delve into our archive to bring back so many stories from the First World War. I'm pleased to welcome members into our Halesworth branch to explore our shared history and a shine a light on those from Halesworth whose lives were affected. I was particularly touched by the story of Frost & Sons ironmongers in Halesworth, and hearing how the owner William Wall Frost lost two of his sons during the war with his surviving youngest, Wilfred, going on to father Sir David Frost."

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