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Stately home's historic role in the First World War

In 1914 a stately home in Bedfordshire became the first in the country to be made a convalescent hospital for injured soldiers.

By the end of the First World War, 1,600 servicemen had been treated at Wrest Park near Bedford. It had by then become a full-scale hospital, with even an operating theatre in one of the rooms upstairs.

Now a new exhibition has opened telling the stories of those who stayed and worked there.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Olivia Paterson

Norfolk: Stretcher bearers successfully complete unique charity walk

The stretcher bearers journey through Norfolk. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Three friends have ended a fifty mile charity walk to re-enact the bravery of First World War stretcher bearers.

It took them four days to walk from Narborough in West Norfolk to Norwich.

They slept in the open and ate soldier's rations.

They wanted to be a moving monument to the often forgotten heroes of the Great War who scoured the battlefields bringing rescue and relief to the wounded and dying.



First World War Centenary: A School Report from the Open Academy in Norwich

This tale was sent in by 14-year-old Ethan Harvey, a First World War enthusiast from The Open Academy in Norwich.

He told ITV News Anglia he wanted to tell us about a soldier who was involved in one of the most famous stories from the Great War.

And, when it comes to re-creating it, Ethan has been meticulous - right down to building his own trench.

This is the story of one soldier's life in the trenches.

First World War Centenary: A School Report from Ashton Middle School in Dunstable

Earlier this year, ITV News Anglia launched its First World War Centenary School Report and asked children from across the region to tell us a Great War story from their area.

The last in our series has been made by year eight pupils at Ashton Middle School in Dunstable.

Pupils there have been looking at the stories of their school's former pupils who fought in the Great War, the sacrifices made, and what Armistice Day means to them.

Amazing Kitchener maize maze to mark WW1 centenary

An amazing maize maze in the shape of Lord Kitchener. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Twelve acres of Cambridgeshire countryside has been transformed into a maze which from above is in the shape of the First World War's Lord Kitchener as part of the conflict's centenary commemorations.

The Lord Kitchener Maze at Wimblington was opened by his great great niece Lady Emma Kitchener-Fellows who is married to actor novelist and director Julian Fellows ,creator of ITV's Downton Abbey.

Its first guests included children from Thomas Eaton School in Wimblington who helped plant 60,000 poppies as part of a school project.

The owners of the maize maze say visitors will have to navigate the pathways of the World War One centenary maze and find ration stamps to put in their mess tins.

The maze at Wimblington between March and Chatteris in Cambridgeshire is open until September when the maize is harvested.

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