Ely Museum explore local history with free drop-in sessions and war time photographs

PUBLISHED: 14:37 14 November 2017 | UPDATED: 14:37 14 November 2017

Ely Museum hosted a free drop-in day to learn more about World War 1. PHOTO: Mike Rouse

Ely Museum hosted a free drop-in day to learn more about World War 1. PHOTO: Mike Rouse

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Ely Museum opened their doors to anyone who wanted to find out more about their families' service in World War 1.

The unveiling of the Ely War Memorial on April 30 1922, the memorial can still be found in the Market Square. PHOTO: Ely MuseumThe unveiling of the Ely War Memorial on April 30 1922, the memorial can still be found in the Market Square. PHOTO: Ely Museum

The museum invited those with medals, pictures and any items they wanted to find out more information about to their drop-in day.

A spokesman said: “The event attracted a nice crowd of visitors, many of whom brought in documents, pictures, diaries and badges relating to WWI to learn more about their relatives’ wartime service.

The unveiling of the Ely War Memorial on April 30 1922, the memorial can still be found in the Market Square. PHOTO: Ely MuseumThe unveiling of the Ely War Memorial on April 30 1922, the memorial can still be found in the Market Square. PHOTO: Ely Museum

“Items on display included medals of local men connected to the fighting at the Third Battle of Ypres in 1917 and photographs of men from the Ely Company.”

The museum also posted various memories of WW1 time in Ely over this Remembrance weekend.

The Cambridgeshire Regiment of 1914-1915 as they prepare themselves for war. PHOTO: Ely MuseumThe Cambridgeshire Regiment of 1914-1915 as they prepare themselves for war. PHOTO: Ely Museum

Ely Museum’s first post was from the 11th hour on the 11th day on the 11th month of 1918.

The photographs posted are from 1914 to 1915 as the Cambridgeshire regiment prepared themselves for war.

The Cambridgeshire Regiment of 1914-1915 as they prepare themselves for war. Taken on May 24 1914. PHOTO: Ely MuseumThe Cambridgeshire Regiment of 1914-1915 as they prepare themselves for war. Taken on May 24 1914. PHOTO: Ely Museum

The Cambridgeshire Regiment arrived in France on February 15 1915 and suffered their first loss, that of Cpl Dewey, just three weeks into their tour.

The regiment suffered the loss of 77 officers with a further 798 soldiers of the Regiment killed in action or died as a result of their wounds. A further 3,458 were wounded in action

The Cambridgeshire Regiment of 1914-1915 as they prepare themselves for war. PHOTO: Ely MuseumThe Cambridgeshire Regiment of 1914-1915 as they prepare themselves for war. PHOTO: Ely Museum

The second batch of photos uploaded was from Remembrance Day in 1922 in Ely Market Place during the unveiling of the war memorial that can still be found in Market Square today.

On April 30 1922 the Ely Market Place War Memorial was unveiled officially by Major General Sir S. W. Hare KCMB CB, officer commanding the East Anglian Division.

It recorded the names of 165 men from the parishes of Ely St. Mary & Ely Holy Trinity who gave their lives between 1914 and 1919.

Prior to this in July 1917, a temporary war memorial was put up on the almonry garden side of the market place.

The museum spokesman said: “We will continue to explore the history of the regiment and their roles in later wars and significant battles on this page over the coming months, so do ‘like’ our page or check back for updates.”

If you’ve got any local history inquiries, or want to explore more local history, head to the Ely Museum Facebook page: www.facebook.com/ElyMuseum

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