GALLERY: Standard waving the flag for war coverage - Fenland’s leading paper is indexed for easier research access

Wisbech Standard from the First World War.

Wisbech Standard from the First World War. - Credit: Archant

The Wisbech Standard is helping local families learn more about relatives who fought and died in the First World War.

Wisbech Standard from the First World War.

Wisbech Standard from the First World War. - Credit: Archant

Fenland’s leading newspaper, which dates back to 1888, is being archived as part of a major project commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Great War.

Cambridgeshire County Council has been running a series of events to mark the anniversary and archiving this newspaper with a clear index so people can look up information about the Great War including family members who fought in the conflict is one them.

The index will enable people to quickly find articles relating to local soldiers and common subjects such as hospitals and refugees.

Anyone interested can access the Wisbech Standard as well as the British Newspaper Archive free at local libraries.

Wisbech Standard from the First World War.

Wisbech Standard from the First World War. - Credit: Archant


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Sally Ann Greensmith, Great War Project Assistant at Cambridgeshire County Council, said: “Wisbech and the surrounding area has a clear connection with the Great War. Local men were enlisted and their names, as well as places and events are well documented in the WW1 articles in the Wisbech Standard. The indexing of the Great War stories in the paper is part of Cambridgeshire’s Great war project, which aims to bring alive the county’s involvement in the conflict.”

Meanwhile final planning is underway for an afternoon of fun activities linked to the war.

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In one afternoon, you can become a music hall star, help out in a Great War hospital, get enlisted, see a “war horse” and soak up Cambridgeshire’s memories of WW1.

These are just some of the activities being organised for the ‘Last Day of Peace’ event commemorating the centenary of the start of the Great War being held on Sunday (August 3)

Wisbech Standard from the First World War.

Wisbech Standard from the First World War. - Credit: Archant

The free family event runs from 1 pm – 5 pm, at Hinchingbrooke House, Huntingdon, with the former stately home being used to create the spirit of 1914. People from across Cambridgeshire will be able to explore the house and grounds and take part in different activities, bringing alive Cambridgeshire’s contribution to the conflict.

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