No Glorious Dead tells how Sudbury and its
neighbourhood fought on the battle fields and the home front in the two
World Wars and counts the human and economic cost. Published by the Sudbury
Museum Trust with a foreword by Ronald Blythe, it has 240 illustrations
and gives details of the 300 named on the town war memorial as well as
naming more than 200 of the young Americans
who died serving with the USAAF 486th Bomb Group.
Sudburys latest history book was published two contributors had
died, a lesson, if one is needed, that mid-20th century memories should
be recorded without delay.
Heather Bell, who had been a member of the Society from its inception,
solved a puzzle for the authors of No Glorious Dead: the impact of
war on Sudbury - a Suffolk market town who had been unable to find
a local connection for a Lance Corporal in the ATS buried in the town
cemetery with a Commonwealth Graves Commission headstone.
At 85 Heather's memories went back a long way and she remembered Priscilla
Carter as a friend in the 1920s when they were both at Mill Lane School.
Priscilla had moved away during her schooldays but for some reason she
was buried in Sudbury after she was killed in a road accident. She died
of head injuries, when the military vehicle she was driving overturned.
She was only 20. Heathers memories of her school friend established
Priscillas link with Sudbury that had been lost in the passage of
Heather Bell died a few months after she provided the information to Valerie
Herbert, another Sudbury History Society member who co-wrote the book
with family historian Shirley Smith. Roley Andrews, historian of the USAAF
486th Bomb Group stationed at Chilton airfield during WWII, died just
as the book went to the printers.
of the £14.95 book include:-
Bookshop in Friar Street;
Tourist Information Centre in Sudbury (01787 881320) who
will also post books to UK addresses;
Independent booksellers in Long Melford and Lavenham.
Please note - all the proceeds are in aid of the Sudbury
branch of the Royal British Legion and the Sudbury Museum