Two wonderful 1895 images showing men from the 1st Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment known locally as the Peterborough Greys.
The Northamptonshire Regiment 1st Battalion was formed in July 1881 out of the old 48th (Northamptonshire) Regiment of Foot. The 1st Battalion was among the first to go overseas in the Great War, arriving in France on 13th August 1914 where they subsequently saw action at Mons, the Marne, the Aisne and First Ypres.
The caption on this excellent Great War postcard reads “Whitsed’s Light Infantry – Leaving For The Front” and shows volunteers awaiting departure from Peterborough North in September 1914.
Whitsed was local councillor Isaac Whitsed who was instrumental in pulling together young recruits from major city employers of the time including Werner Pfeiderer (later Baker Perkins) and Perkins Westwood Works.
The Whitsed’s went on to form part of the Northamptonshire Regiment’s 7th Batallion who, after training in the south of the country, landed at Boulogne in September 1915 where they made up part of the 73rd Brigade, 24th Division who went on to see action at Battles of Loos, Hooge, Guillemont, Vimy Ridge, Messines, Battlewood, Pilkem Ridge, Cambrai and Mabeuge.
A wonderfully poignant image captured at Peterborough North station on 12th September 1914. Crowds on Crescent Bridge and families waving white hankies at loved ones from the platform as young recruits head off to fight in the Great War.
A Great War enlistment poster featuring Edith Cavell who, as a 19 year old, attended Laurel Court School in the Cathedral precincts as a pupil-teacher.
Public air raid shelters shown on an early and fascinating 1940s map.
The Peterborough Home Guard pictured after a shooting competition at the London Road Drill Hall in 1942.
Members of Peterborough’s WVS pictured in 1946.
Included in the photo are Mrs Edna Wright (back row, far left), Mrs Moore (back row, far right), Mrs Anne Allen (front row, second from left) and Mrs Laxton (front row, far left).
The East Anglian Royal Engineers at camp on the Milton estate and looking suitably proud of their temporary bridge built on the Milton estate lake.
No information as to who this military band were but the photograph is marked as “Nassington – August 1918”.
A group of WW1 era soldiers at camp somewhere in Peterborough.
No location details but the photograph was printed by David Stott of Walton.