Our local historians have been busy researching aspects of the Great War in Peterborough.  If you think you might be interested in researching an element of the Great War in Peterborough please get in touch with the archives service.

Find out more about the WUTAC (Women’s United Total Abstinence Council) committee members and the ladies who ran the rest room.  Perhaps you may recognise a name and can help us find out more about their involvement?

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Read about the history of Peterborough’s East Station and the important role it played during the Great War transporting troops.

Did you know that Edith Cavell was a trainee teacher in Peterborough, prior to becoming a Governess and nurse in Belgium?

Read the story of Sergeant Yerrell who wrote about many aspects of the war, including how music made a difference to his men.

Discover more about Peterborough’s very own flying ace who had six aerial victories.

In commemoration of ANZAC day read the story of Thomas Hunter – ‘The Lonely ANZAC who is remembered each year by the citizens of Peterborough and is buried at Broadway Cemetery.

Have you heard of Jimmy the donkey?  Was Jimmy a hero who served at the Somme or is there another story to tell here!

Did you know that the Mayor of Peterborough arrived at Westgate on his bicycle to read the Riot Act!

To find out more about Peterborough’s history during the Great War read local historian, Stuart Orme’s article.  Would you like to know what it was like to be a Station Master? then read of the fascinating account written by Station Master Ellis’s Great Grandson, Andrew Johnstone.

Who was Peterborough’s youngest recruit and what prompted him to try and enlist? Read the moving poetry written by local Year 6 students who took part in a series of creative writing workshops.