Ely First World War Family History Day at Ely Museum, 7th November 2015

As part of our build up to Remembrance Sunday a free family history event was held at Ely Museum. It was organised by the Cambs website team and Ely Museum and supported by our friends from the Hunts Cyclist website, Skylark Battlefield Tours and the Western Front Association.

The event included a display of photos, medals, badges and biographies of local men as well as a fantastic display of uniforms, equipment and weaponry brought along by Skylark Battlefield Tours. Help was on hand for people interested in researching their First World War relatives and experts in medals and militaria were present to offer advice on any objects people brought along.

Star items provided for the display by Skylark Battlefield Tours included a very rare 1918 Cambridgeshire Regiment Sergeant's tunic complete with 1918 style battle patch and a 1918 dated Vickers machine gun. We were also incredibly fortunate to have numerous items and medals on display from private collections, many for the first time. All the medals were to men from the local area including several Military Medal winners from Ely, the display included full detailed biographies of each man.

Turn out for the day was excellent and visitors brought all manner of items with them. Our team of experts were kept busy helping relatives look into soldiers from a wide range of regiments, a selection of which were the Hunts Cyclist Battalion, Cambridgeshire Regiment, 11th Suffolk,  Northamptonshire Regiment and even the Royal Navy.

If  you or your organisation would like any further information about the First World War Family History events we put on or are interested in the various talks we offer please email us at the address below.

We would like to thank all those involved in the day especially the staff of the museum for their hospitality and assistance.

Ely Museum Website click here

Hunts Cyclist Website click here

Skylark Battlefield Tours Website click here

Western Front Association Website click here

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Cambridgeshire Regiment Website WW1 Family History Day.

Close up of the Cambs Sergeant's tunic.

Helping relatives research the Hunts Cyclists.

Cambridgeshire Regiment Website WW1 Family History Day.

Part of the display of items and photos of Ely soldiers.

Cambridgeshire Regiment Website WW1 Family History Day.

Visitors browse the display and ask for advice on researching relatives.

This site went live on the 14th February 2015 to mark  100 years since the 1/1st Cambs went off to war.


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