Roll of Honour

By | 3rd December 2010

Now in the entrance of the village hall, Peakirk’s roll of honour shows individuals who were in service during the first world war.

The details here are taken from handwritten papers showing the service of each individual.

Below are pictures, and click to see a larger picture and individual’s details from the roll of honour

4 thoughts on “Roll of Honour

  1. Jo Hooke

    Hello – this is a wonderful find and collection of your fallen servicemen. I wondered if you have a photo or image of your war memorial? I could not locate one for Peakirk on the War Memorials online? but have found a very detailed of the march of villagers to the memorial on the day it was unveiled (circa 1919) problem is, it is rather expensive (£29) but would be an asset to your collection if the Parish Council would fund it?
    I am a volunteer researcher for the WMT and also interested in old postcards commemorating WW1, especially the unveiling of these.
    Kind regards, Jo

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    1. Angela Hankins

      Hello Jo
      The photos on the Roll of Honour are contained within a wooden cabinet which is situated at the Village Hall. I think the photo of the march of villagers may relate to the unveiling of the
      memorial inside the church. Have you seen that memorial?
      Angela Hankins, Clerk to Parish Council

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  2. Bob Marshall

    I lived in Peakirk from 1957 to 72, moving there with my parwnts when I was less than 2 years old. I recognise the distinctive surnames of many of many of the men who served: Gutteridge, Hodson, Neaverson, Prentice, Vergette. I did know Edgar Neaverson, but I can’t place anyone else by forename.
    There seemed to be a lot of names on the war memorial for such a small village, and this is explained by including everyone who served. (Perhaps you should add to the photo’s details from the role of honour, of the 46 listed at least 10 died in military service.)
    When I lived in the village there seemed to be a rather large number of unmarried old ladies, I can think 7 who were in my granny’s circle of friends.. There were 3 pairs of sisters, the Miss Neaversons, the Miss Prentices, the Miss Spriggs, and also Miss Strange. When I asked mother about it she told me that many women did not marry after the First World War because so many men had been killed.

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    1. admin Post author

      Thanks Bob, you are right and I only found out recently that there is more information to put onto the website from the roll of honour (some can be seen by clicking on the photos on the site) but there is more on the roll of honour itself and more that Rod mentioned he has. Another job for the long cold nights of winter!
      As you say, the impact on small villages could be huge, so many young men lost from the community with the impact rolling on for decades after. Miss Neaverson is still in the village, she has spoken at the school in recent years to the children and the stories she tells are fascinating.
      Thanks again for your comment.

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