WW1 men signing Peterborough Cafe's books

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  1. kernowmaid

    kernowmaid Well-Known Member

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    Peterborough Archive Services have 2 visitor's books from the railway station's tea stall used in WW1, which they have digitized and put on this website:
    https:// www. peterboroughww1.co.uk/

    They are asking for information on the men, for an exhibition next year.
    The servicemen came from all over the country.

    I find it very difficult to navigate the site (but that's probably my ignorance) - but think that my struggles would have been worth it if one of "mine" had stopped for a coffee! (No joy - mine would probably have been looking for beer!)

    Might be worth searching for yours, though?

    NB: I've split the link, but it doesn't seem to be profit-making - maybe a Moderator could check?
    And I have to thank that essential lunch-time viewing, "Bargain Hunt", for bringing it to my attention! ;)

    Jane
     
  2. Flook

    Flook A True Gentleman. Rest in Peace.

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    Blow me, that's clever. An awful lot of work has gone into this.
     
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  3. Bay Horse

    Bay Horse Can be a bit of a dark horse

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    It's good. Sadly, none of mine coming up. I like how you can search by regiment as well as name of soldier.

    (Oh gosh, some of the poetry is getting to me. What a precious item to have kept).
     
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  4. AnnB

    AnnB Editor in Chief who is Hot off the Press!

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    I watched Bargain Hunt while I was eating my lunch, must be something in the West Country air :D I haven’t looked at the site yet, but it is on my ‘to do’ list.
     
  5. Archie's Mum

    Archie's Mum Always digging up clues

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    Lovely read. Thank you Jane.
    It would be interesting to choose one or two servicemen to see if they made it back home.
    I may even spot an Aussie when I get back for another peek.
     
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  6. Archie's Mum

    Archie's Mum Always digging up clues

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    Not far in there is a Private Robert Jacques 2532 16th Middlesex.
    I wonder if he belongs to @Sis
     
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  7. Sis

    Sis Rootles out resources!

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    I will take a look, thank you Sue.
     
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    Archie's Mum Always digging up clues

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    Just sent you the link to his biography. His name was Robin Rochester Jaques born 9/1/1897. His name on the link is Gaques but on the biography is Jaques.
    He was killed in an Air Force accident in 1923 when he crashed into a field. His young daughter, Josephine, left without a father at a very early age, grew up to become actress Hattie Jaques
     
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    Sis Rootles out resources!

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    Thanks Sue. I will look in to it when I get back from shopping.
     
  10. Findem

    Findem The Fearless One

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    Thanks for that info Jane, none of my three were there but it made interesting reading nonetheless.
     
  11. Ma-dotcom

    Ma-dotcom A Bonza Little Digger!

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    Am deep in TopDog re-runs just now but will certainly get into it later. Thanks Jane.
     
  12. janetbooth

    janetbooth Top Dog Stalwart

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    What a wonderful site, Jane, thank you so much. My maternal grandfather originated in Peterborough so am always interested in any resources from there. Haven't found any of my lot yet but will keep looking.

    Janet
     

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