The men who went to war

PUBLISHED: 16:27 31 October 2006 | UPDATED: 14:52 12 May 2010

A PASSIONATE historian has produced a book about the 141 men named on a war memorial in Royston. Douglas Plowman, a former history teacher at The Meridian School, Royston, has taken two years to produce the book, The Royston War Memorial which attempts to

A PASSIONATE historian has produced a book about the 141 men named on a war memorial in Royston.

Douglas Plowman, a former history teacher at The Meridian School, Royston, has taken two years to produce the book, The Royston War Memorial which attempts to explain the connection the men had with Royston on the war memorial in Melbourn Street.

Mr Plowman said: "The question I asked myself was why are these men on the memorial?"

The book contains details about where the men lived, their occupations and their spouses.

But in order to access the information Mr Plowman had to look through The Crow's archives at the Royston and District Museum, seek advice from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, the Cambridge Collection, the Herts Record Office and the Royston and District Local History Society.

"It's been an interesting exercise and a fascinating insight into how Royston thought and operated," Mr Plowman said.

The book includes images of some of the men from the First World War and the Second World War featured on the memorial.

Mr Plowman said: "You look at the memorial and there's a list of names but if you look at their photos you can put a face to the name and you realise they were just ordinary people."

Mr Plowman said he learned a lot of interesting facts while researching and writing the book.

He said: "It's surprising how many men died of flu and diseases. You tend to think they died in the trenches.

"I also thought it was unusual and a bit strange that not all the men on the memorial are British. They were British-born, but served with other forces from South Africa, Canada and Australia.

"At last people will have an idea of why the men are being remembered when they stand by the memorial on Rememberance Sunday."

If anyone has more information regarding the men on the memorial contact the Royston Museum.

"The information is part of Royston," added Mr Plowman.

The book can be puchased from the Royston Museum for £6 and

£1 from the sale of each book will be donated to the Royston branch of the Royal British Legion.

By JOANNE JARVIS


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