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Royston at War

Find out how the Great War affected the town and its people.


Social History

Discover what influenced the history of the town.

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  The What Royston Did Project

The What Royston Did project explores how a small market town on the borders of Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire, together with its surrounding villages, were affected by the culture and events of the past.

It aims to provide the residents of the town and those from further afield with information about the daily lives of it
s residents and how they have been affected by local and national events.

The project needs your help - Memorial display and missing photographs

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  Royston remembers

In Novemeber 2018, to mark the centenary of the Armistice, a collection of plaques was erected beside the Royston War Memorial in Melbourn Street.

Each plaque commemorated one of the fallen with their name, rank, regimental number, a photograph, where one was available, a note of how they were connected to the town and where they were buried or memorialised.

Further research

Since the plaques were displayed the project has been able to continue research into the information known about the men on the displays. This information is available here.

Men on the memorial

Men without photographs

We have not always been able to find photographs of the men listed. Where a photograph was not found, the men were represented by silhouettes. The project team would be grateful at anyone who has a photograph which would replace the silhouette of any of the “missing” men.

Please contact the team if you have such a photograph and would be willing to allow the project to use it to complete the stories of all the town's fallen.

List of men without photographs

Order of Service

The project has been very fortunate to have received a copy of the Order of Service for the rededication of the Memorial following World War 2 when the names of the fallen from that conflict were added.

We would like to know if any copy of the Order of Service for the original dedication on 26th March 1922 survives. If you know of the whereabouts of one, irrespective of its condition, the team would appreciate a scan.

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Men without photographs

Great War 1914-18

Frederick Biffen
Albert Edward Bishop
William Blows
George Hubert Bullard
Cecil Frewen Burt
Arthur James Caton
David Chapman
William Henry Clarke
John Rowland Dann
Frederick Charles Feast
Frank Douglas Fisher
William David Gray
William Howard
Albert William Hoy
Sydney Therkell Inness (Harding)
James (Jim) Jeffrey
Percy Henry Mawson
Arthur William Nottage

Frank Willshire Perry
William Allen Pettengell
William Potter
Reginald Prior
Frank Henry Reynolds
Ernest William Short, MM
Walter Peter Westwood
Alfred Williamson
William Williamson

World War 2 1939-45

Maurice Ballard
Cecil Henry Brown, DFC & Bar
Peter Hines
Maurice Frederick James
Reginald Harold West