5th Jul 2017

Private – Norfolk Regiment

This Private serving with the 2/4th Battalion Norfolk Regiment did not leave his name when he signed the visitors’ book at the tea room on Peterborough East Station on 2 October 1916.  His entry reads “A soldiers hot breakfast ‘Bread and mustard!’”  He was stationed at Killinghall Moor Camp, Harrogate. Without a name or any… Read More

12th Apr 2017

Oliver Harry Laflin

Oliver Harry Laflin was born in May 1891 at Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.  His father, also named Oliver Laflin, died from meningitis only months before his son was born.  Oliver was raised by his mother Lizzie and step-father Frederick Nunn; he had four siblings. By 1911, Oliver had become an assistant schoolteacher with Worcester County… Read More

2nd Mar 2017

W Ward

W Ward passed through Peterborough East Station and signed the visitors’ book on 27 December 1916.  His entry reveals he was posted to Prees Heath Camp and he wrote: Many thanks for the kindness I have received in my short stay Unfortunately, no further details are known about this soldier.  Do you recognise the name… Read More

18th Jan 2017


This unidentified soldier passed through Peterborough East Station and signed the visitors’ book on Christmas Eve 1916.  he wrote: ‘Sung by our brave Boys whilst at the charge 24/12/16 The bells of hell go Ting-a-ling-a-ling For you but not for me For me the Angels sing-a-ling-a-ling They’ve got the goods for me O’ death where… Read More

18th Jan 2017

Walter Willie Ward

Private Walter  Ward was serving with the 72nd Training Reserve and stationed at Prees Heath Camp, Shropshire when he passed through Peterborough East Station on 27 December 1916.  He wrote in the visitor’s book “Many thanks for the kindness that I have received in my short stay”.  Walter may have been transiting between home and… Read More

24th Aug 2016

Malcolm MT Sommerville

When a ‘Liverpool Jock’ signed the visitors’ book at Peterborough East Station on 13 July 1916 he wrote “But two short hours have I spent in this Room, Still, same has dispersed all wearyness and gloom, Fine rest and refreshment have I obtained, And strength to pursue my journey have gained.” This soldier didn’t give… Read More

27th Jul 2016


This soldier was serving with the 2/7 Gordon Highlanders when passed through Peterborough East Station on 13 July 1916.  Apart from his rank and initials there is no further details for this soldier.  However, he wrote: ‘Off with a Draft at last. After eighteen months hard work, And should another War draw nigh I’ll never… Read More

8th Jun 2016

AW Clayton

AW Clayton passed through Peterborough East Station on 18 July 1916, with his naval colleague George Turner.  They were both serving on HMS Otway. SS Otway was a British ocean liner owned by the Orient Line, built by Fairfield Shipbuilding and Engineering Company of Glasgow, Scotland and launched in 1909.  She had five sister ships;… Read More

25th May 2016

Stanley Wortley Driver

Stanley Wortley Driver was born in Northampton in 1895, to parents Walter Wortley Driver, a house decorator, and Kate Ellen. On the 1911 Census, Walter was listed as an electrical wireman and the family lived at Palmerston Road, Northampton.  He had two older brothers, Walter and Ernest. Stanley joined the Northamptonshire Yeomanry in October 1914,… Read More

18th May 2016

Edgar Entwhistle

Edgar Entwistle writes that he was one of a group of six soldiers from the 2/5 Cheshire Regiment passing through Peterborough on 29 September 1916.  Unfortunately he left no further information and searches have failed to trace any military records for him. The 2/5th (Earl of Chester’s) Battalion moved from Bedford to Lowestoft in mid… Read More