What Royston Did ...

The Great War

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These pages set out just some of the stories about the men and women associated with the town and its local area who served abroad in the Great War or whose contribution was made closer to home.

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These pages set out the stories of a selection of the men representing all soldiers from Royston and its surrounding villages who fought at the Somme.

We remember those who sadly died or succumbed to life changing injuries and those who survived with their memories.

About the battleAbout the men

These pages tell the stories of some of the men who fought in the 3rd Battle of Ypres from July to November 1917.

They explain why the battle was fought, its consequences and provides information about the men who fought, many of whom sadly did not survive. 

About the battleAbout the men
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Royston made its own contribution to the war effort. It stationed thousands of men on their way to Europe and cared for nearly 2,500 who returned injured from the fighting.

Its civilian population raised funds for the war and helped grow produce to be sent to the front.

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Royston in Hertfordshire in 1914 was a town with a population of 3,985 (according to the 1911 census) whose boundaries had been recently changed.

As the interest was sparked by research into the revision of the Royston War Memorial book, originally published in 2005, it became obvious that there was a larger story to tell especially as it was discovered that, of the 200 men who died who had links to the Town, only 116 are on the memorial.

Curiosity increased when it was discovered some of those men honoured for their connection to the Town had not lived here at the time of the 1911 census.

Looking at the references, particularly the local paper the "Royston Crow", our knowledge of both those who served at the front and those who were supporting them at home increased. An important legacy was that, in this small market town, an Auxiliary Hospital at the newly built Queens Road school, opened in April 1915 caring for 2,400 injured soldiers until its closure in December 1918. 

Did you ancestor …?

- Live in the town or enlist there.
- See fighting, become injured or was killed.
- Welcome troops to the town or provide lodgings.
- Collect food to aid the war effort.
- Welcome refugees.
- Help establish or work at the Auxilliary Hospital, Queens Road.
- Volunteer time to cook, clean and care for wounded soldiers.
- Knit or sew items for the men in the hospital or at the front.

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