What Royston Did …

The Great War

On the home front

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Several of Royston’s major buildings and amenities were put to use serving the needs of the war effort.

Here you will find details ofhow they were used.

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The Bevan family had a significant influence on Royston, especially during the Great War. Most notably, Dame Maud Bevan was instrumental in setting up and running the auxilliary hospital which treated so many men injured in the fighting.

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The newly opened Queens Road schools were commandeered to set up a hospital to treat returning injured soldiers. The site was probably chosen for its proximity to the railway station.

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The school opened in 1910 and was converted for use as an auxiliary hospital in August 1914.

Find out how it was organised and who some of the staff were.

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This photograph of 17 men, some in uniform others in civilian clothes, was taken in what was Stamford’s Yard off Kneesworth Street in Royston on Boxing Day 1917 

Find out about the men in it by following the link below.

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The town and its surrounding villages contributed to the war effort to help both the soldiers at the front and to help fund local support for the wounded and refugees.

Discover some of the more extraordinary ways this was done.

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Discover how the local paper, the Rosyton Crow, kept those at home informed of the progress of the war, gave updates on local men who fought and summarised other national ind international events.

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