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100-year anniversary of WWI graffiti at Adnams

By Sarah Groves, also posted in News on

Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry graffiti at AdnamsToday, 30th August 2016, marks the 100-year anniversary of graffiti left by the King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry who were billeted in Southwold during the first World War. The beam, which has always been left unpainted to preserve the delicate chalk writing, is situated in what is now the Adnams dunnage. In 1916, the building was a block of stables with haylofts for The Crown Hotel. The roof that currently spans the two blocks (and houses our whisky and spirit barrels) did not exist then. It is thought that the graffiti marks the drowning of two boys from the regiment who had gone for a swim in the sea. The inscription reads: 1 2/4 KOYLI 2// washed home Aug 30/16 The lads from Yorkshire.

News update:

Thank you very much to military historian Taff Gillingham who wrote to us with more information on twitter (@Taff_Gillingham) "2nd line Territorial Force Battalion. Formed 30.9.1914. They joined 62 Division in 3.1915. After postings in Yorkshire, Northumberland and Larkhill they moved to Bungay in Suffolk in June 1916. Southwold is less than 20 miles away. No doubt a Company or a Platoon was on coastal duty, vandalising billets in their spare time!" If you know more about the story, please do let us know in the comments box below; we'd love to learn more about it.    

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