Local men in 1917 and 1918

As fighting continued through 1917 and into 1918, local men were involved in fighting across the world from the Western Front, to Africa and the Middle East. On the 23rd July 1917 the family of George Colbert, of the Army Service Corps., recorded his death in Basra from heat stroke, in the St Neots Advertiser. In October 1917, Private G. Cropley wrote home to say that he was fighting the Turks in Palestine, and was pleased at the success of the Hunts. Volunteer Regiment in training local men.

Enraged by attacks on New York and the sinking of American ships by German U-boat submarines, America entered the war in April 1917. However, American soldiers needed training and equipping and did not start arriving on the Western Front until early 1918. In April 1918 the St Neots Advertiser recorded America’s entry into the war and in an article about men who had received the 1914 Star gave further details of injuries and deaths.

St Neots Advertiser ‘Roll of Honour’, 27th July 1917

St Neots Advertiser employee, G. Cropley writes home in October 1917


St Neots Volunteer Training Corps., postcard from 1917

La Targette, France, from a 1918 postcard

America enters the war, St Neots Advertiser, 6th April 1917

Local men awarded medals, St Neots Advertiser, 1st March 1918