Carleton Rode First World War Archive

discover the stories of a village who went to war

Inspiring Souls

Inspiring Souls

The First World War was a global war originating in Europe that started on the 28th July 1914 with Great Britain entering the conflict on the 4th August. It finished over four years later on the 11th November 1918.

Working together with the local Girl Guides/Rangers group, Carleton Rode VA Primary School, the local History Group and other individuals, the All Saints Church Carleton Rode Parochial Church Council are studying the lives of the 110 soldiers from Carleton Rode who served in the First World War (21 who died). The Church is the focal point for commemoration. The intention is to remember those men who died and also to pay tribute to those who survived, examining the impact the war had on their families and the village community. This will include compiling their biographies; where they lived, an indication of their jobs and information about other family members.

The Girl Guides/Rangers have developed an interactive walking trail around the village. With the help of the local History Group, they have researched the names of the soldiers who died via the parish and local county records and ancestry websites, incorporating QR codes which link to pages on this website. In addition, Carleton Rode VA Primary School children are researching the diary the school has of everyday life during the war.

It is hoped that this non-profit making, educational website will enable people tracing their ancestry to view relevant material and support them to make connections to their own families. It will also help children to understand the ultimate sacrifice these men made for their country. Read The Life Stories Of Those That Died


Since the First World War centenary commemorations in 2014, additional information has come to light regarding men whose names should have appeared on the Carleton Rode War Memorial but for whatever reason were omitted in 1920.

This project is bringing to light the forgotten dead and telling their stories against the backdrop of the world in which they lived. We can only speculate as to why these men were not recognised at the time, but it is important to the village of Carleton Rode that it remembers the sacrifices that everyone made.

Robert Thomas Bush
Tony Brooks knew that his grandmother’s brother had been killed during WW1 and had spent many years researching the family history trying to find a memorial that bore his name – but to no avail. He discovered that the Bush family had lived in Carleton Rode at the time and so contacted the Parish Council for help. It took another two years and the development of this website in order that more of Robert Bush’s life could be revealed.

Robert John Bartram
November 1916; thousands dying as the Battle of the Somme continued. At home in Carleton Rode, this news report appeared in the Eastern Daily Press. A small act of petty crime was to have disastrous consequences for Robert Bartram.