Londoners urged to help a new First World War research project

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Londoners urged to help a new First World War research project

Londoners are being urged to help with this new First World War research project, which aims to trace the stories of these servicemen from the capital and will now become part of a real time online project later this year.

Private Walter Pack from Bermondsey and Royal Flying Corp Mechanic John Freedman from the Westminster area, were just two of hundreds of servicemen who penned messages in two visitor books during 1916 and 1917 as they stopped off at Peterborough East Railway Station tea room on their way to and from war and enjoyed some comfort and kind words provided by the temperance ladies who brewed them a cuppa.
Their stories came to light when the visitor books were unearthed in the city's archives in Peterborough Library and a project began to find out more about the lives of the servicemen whose fleeting thoughts are preserved in the two slim volumes dating from 1916 and 1917.

Richard Hunt from the cultural and leisure charity Vivacity - which is leading the research told us what they found in the archive.  

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