Leiston in the First World War 1914-18
A day after Britain declared war on Germany on 4th August 1914, Leiston’s H Company departed from the town’s station to join the 4th Battalion Norfolk and Suffolk Brigade.
H company was led by Lt Col Frank Garrett and consisted of many employees from the Garrett works. By 9th November they had reached France and were some of the first Territorials overseas. Later, when general conscription was introduced, many more Leiston men enlisted.