Hatfield commemorates 100 years since end of World War One

PUBLISHED: 07:00 24 July 2018

16th Battalion London Regiment Hatfield in 1914. Picture: Supplied by Hatfield Local History Society

16th Battalion London Regiment Hatfield in 1914. Picture: Supplied by Hatfield Local History Society

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A Hatfield history group is commemorating the centenary of the end of World War One with a photo exhibition.

Hatfield 1914-1919 exhibition
Picture: Supplied by Hatfield Local History SocietyHatfield 1914-1919 exhibition Picture: Supplied by Hatfield Local History Society

Hatfield Local History Society is staging the exhibition, Hatfield 1914-1919, which is available to view at St Etheldreda’s Church.

It is taking place until August 31, opening times are Tuesday to Sunday from 9am to 5pm.

The display focuses on the experience in Hatfield and the impact on its people during this period.

You can find out about how Hatfield became a garrison town with troops billeted from mainly London regiments and how Hatfield Park was used for training purposes, as well as hosting the first tank trials.

1917 Christmas greetings from Hatfield man, Sapper Edwin Payne, of the Royal Engineers Signal Division.
Picture: Supplied by Hatfield Local History Society1917 Christmas greetings from Hatfield man, Sapper Edwin Payne, of the Royal Engineers Signal Division. Picture: Supplied by Hatfield Local History Society

You can also discover how Hatfield residents became involved in the war effort and read stories of some of the Hatfield men who left the town to fight.

The exhibition also gives an insight into how Hatfield celebrated the end of the war.

Among the exhibits are photos and letters.

One of those images shows the 16th Battalion London Regiment on parade at Hatfield in 1914 and you can also read a Christmas card from Hatfield man, Sapper Edwin Payne, of the Royal Engineers Signals Division, who was in Palestine at the time.

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