The workshops will help create a digital archive, as part of the Great War Project, supported by Cambridgeshire Community Archive Network (CCAN) and £36,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The workshops will focus on the Cambridgeshire men who fought in the 11th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. There will be displays of artefacts, a rare 11th Suffolk uniform, books and trench maps. Andrew Spooner, historian and battlefield guide, will give an informative talk about the formation of the battalion, structure of the army at the start of World War I and soldiers' early time in training and experiences up to 1st July.

Each talk will also focus on the soldiers from the 11th Suffolks who came from the local area immediately surrounding the venue. Project staff will be available at the workshops to help local residents upload information onto the CCAN digital archive -

Event dates:

Wednesday 2 November, 6.30pm - 9pm, Comberton Village College, Sports & Arts

Saturday 12 November, 10am - 4pm, Burwell House

Thursday 8 December, 2pm - 4pm, The Maltings, Ely

A final Cambridgeshire Pals event will take place on the evening of Thursday 8 December, 6pm - 9pm at The Maltings, Ely.

Cambridgeshire County Council's Acting Head of Service for Libraries and Archives, Jill Terrell said: "As part of the our work to commemorate the Battle of the Somme, we would like to invite members of the public to help us create a digital archive dedicated to those who fell 100 years ago. It is hoped that the archive will serve as a reminder to those who fought and those that didn't return, for generations to come."


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