Royston and World War I

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


Social History

Discover what influenced the history of the town

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, was 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 its residents and how they have been affected by local and national events.

About the Project

How it started

How it started

The project started in 2014 to explore how Royston formed the hub of activities both within the town and in its surrounding villages in Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire.

As this coinsided with the centenary of the outbreak of the Great War in 1914 it seemed appropriate that the first efforts should concentrate on the impact that this conflict had on the town and its population.

The aim was to provide an insight into the way that this major event affected the lives of those who were sent to the front line to fight and those who remained at home hoping their friends and loved ones were safe and would return home.

Displays and exhibitions

Displays and exhibitions

We want the research carried out to reach the local community and so a series of large scale exhibitions and smaller displays have been organised thoughout the life of the project, each representing a facet of the war to coincide with its anniversary. 



The members of the project team have published a number of books, initially focusing on the effects of World War I on the town and its people. These illustrate the lives of the men at the front line and the biographies of the men listed on the town’s War Memorial from both World Wars.

Current research

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Frank Pulley

The project team is undertaking research into the possibility of erecting a memorial stone for Frank Pulley whose known grave was lost as a result of further action in the area of his burial.

Frank was killed on 19th November 1914 and buried at the Zillebeke village churchyard cemetery and a number of eye-witnesses have attested to its location. We hope to use these as evidence when petitioning to have the memorial erected next to two others who are already known to have been buried there, but whose graves were similarly lost.

Meet the project team


Yolanda Hayes



Pamela Wright



Michael Wright

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