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Suffolk Show: Centenary of Great War on battlefield and Home Front

PUBLISHED: 11:41 30 May 2018 | UPDATED: 11:43 30 May 2018

This ambulance served at the Somme - and returned to the battlefield in 2016
Picture PAUL GEATER

This ambulance served at the Somme - and returned to the battlefield in 2016 Picture PAUL GEATER

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The centenary of the end of the First World War is being marked at the Suffolk Show by a major display showing how the conflict affected people both fighting on battlefields and on the Home Front.

A traction engine powered a threshing machine at the Suffolk Show
Picture: PAUL GEATERA traction engine powered a threshing machine at the Suffolk Show Picture: PAUL GEATER

The display, featuring exhibits and staff from museums across Suffolk shows off an original ambulance that was involved in the Battle of the Somme which has been lovingly restored and maintained.

It was able to return to the French battlefield for the centenary of that conflict two years ago. It is joined at the show by a replica of one of the first tanks to be used in battle.

The Home Front is represented by a 1915-built traction engine operating a threshing machine – a vital piece of equipment for farmers before the arrival of combine harvesters after the Second World War.

There are also experts on hand giving visitors advice on how to trace what happened to their ancestors during the Great War – and the whole display is part of Suffolk’s commemorations of the return of peace which will culminate in November with the 100th anniversary of the actual armistice.

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