What Royston Did ...

Narratives of Royston people from the Great War

These are accounts of the fighting and its effects as seen by those directly involved.  These are only some of the stories which can be told of the men and women of Royston and are set out in their own words or in the words of others who reported on their courage.

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Harold Ackroyd VC, MC

Captain, Royal Medical Corps
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Grace Bullard

Governess, Charleroi, Belgium
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Alex Everett

Lance Corporal, 8th Battalion, Leicester Regiment
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Eric Charles Malcolm Phillips
CB, DSO, TD, DL, JP

Lieutenant Col., 1st Battalion, Hertfordshire Regiment
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Herbert Arthur Sermons

Sergeant, Gallipoli


Shorter narratives

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Walter Frederick Anderson

Corporal, 2nd Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment
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Frederick Charles Feast

Private, 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment
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Leonard George Godfrey

2nd Lieutenant, 10th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers
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Jack (John Henry) Halstead

Gunner, Royal Field Artillery
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Roland Newling

Private, Hertfordshire Regiment
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Herbert Edwin Norman

Private, Machine Gun Corps, 11th Battalion Suffolf Regiment
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William Ellis Read

Private, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment
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George Henry Thomas

Private, “D” Battery, Tank Corps

A number of shorter narratives are recounted in these pages. These tell of individual acts of bravery or the day to day and sometimes tragic circumstances in which those fighting found themselves.