To mark 100 years since the start of the First World War, St Neots Museum is working with other local groups to commemorate the lives of all those local people who lived through the war years, 1914 – 1918. Thank you to everyone who has supported our project and made it possible.
There are many reasons why countries across the world commemorate the First World War. The war was a shocking catastrophe for the world in which at least 10 million men died, with many millions more injured and disabled. Civilian populations across the world were also dramatically affected through the loss of family members, starvation, revolution and disease. With the influenza epidemic which swept the world 1918 – 1920 actually killing more people than died fighting in the war.
Information about local men
Men who fought in the First World War and the letters they wrote home which we are publishing as ‘blog posts’. Currently the site includes 100 letters, one for each year since the war ended in 1918, as we mark the centenary of the Great War with a Heritage Lottery Funded project to make information about local men more accessible.
Learning and schools resource
A learning and schools resource section will include photographs, stories poems and information about 30 local men for educational and other uses, along with images of the local area and other information. Loan boxes are also available with replica WWI items and resources for Keystage 1 & 2 children.
The interactive map allows you see where the local men were based across St Neots.
A travelling exhibition
St Neots and District and the Great War 1914 – 1918, (six roll-up banners plus a handling box of replica items including uniforms and documents) has been created by the museum and is available for local groups to borrow, free of charge, please contact the museum by email email@example.com or telephone on 01480 214163.
A big thank you to all our volunteers and students who have worked on the project and also to Pix and Mix Design Consultancy, who have added the new information to our website.
Please contact us if you have information about local men who served
All the letters / blogs on the website are from the local newspaper the St Neots Advertiser.
The dates of the blog posts are the dates when the letters were published in the local paper not the dates when the letters were written.
All the letters have been transcribed by local volunteers and students as part of our Heritage Lottery Fund project.
The original newspapers are held by Cambridgeshire Archive Service and are available to read on microfilm in St Neots Library.
Where information about a man’s service record is incomplete it is because we have been unable to find further information, please contact us if you have any information that we can add to our records.
St Neots Museum would like to thank all the local people who have provided images and information for this project. We are grateful for the grants we have received from the following groups which have made the project possible:
The Heritage Lottery Fund
St Neots Town Council
St Neots Local History Society
Cambridge and Huntingdon Archive Service, for allowing reproduction of the St Neots Advertiser 1914 – 1918,
The Eatons Community Association
The Imperial War Museum and Wikipedia for images from the IWM archive.
All other images are from the collection of St Neots Museum.