Pat Perkins’ book “World War 1” was published in September 2018. It is the result of 5 years of painstaking research and in addition to historical data it also contains many interesting photographs of personnel and their Harborough locations. It has been compiled on a street by street basis thus affording convenient access through the street names and home addresses of the soldiers recorded.
The book is nicely produced and printed on quality paper and is available from Pat Perkins on a “print to order” basis price £15 per copy. Pat has also, most generously, made it available to Society members as a free digital download in the PDF format. Please contact Pat at firstname.lastname@example.org or at any Historical Society monthly meeting for further information.
Three sample pages (Aldwinkles Yard) are depicted following on from Pat’s foreward below.
My book is the result of a five-year personal project to record all members of Market Harborough town and Rural District who took part in WORLD WAR 1 (as listed on the Cottage Hospital Memorial in Coventry Road), plus the men who were stationed in the town during the war. Unfortunately there are gaps in the data, which I have been unable to complete; there are many reasons for this including the fire that took place in London during the WW2, which destroyed many service records. Plus, some names are very common generally but also first and surname combinations are often repeated in the town, this creates a difficulty in ensuring you have the correct details.
I attach a note of the sources I used and hope this information will be of use to others, I must thank the Market Harborough & Bowdens Charity for their interest in this project.
Market Harborough Museum
Market Harborough Museum Newspaper Archive
(Midland Mail and Market Harborough Advertiser are now becoming available online).
Find My Past Website
Commonwealth War Graves
The Long Long Trail Website
Absent Voters 1918 1919 (not available online)
Polling List 1921
‘Hidden Harborough’ by Samuel Mullins and Michael Glasson
The book also contains details of Rows and Yards that no longer exist or have changed beyond recognition:
Angel Street (now Fairfield Road car park)
Bowling Green Place
Mill Hill Road
The sample pages below can be downloaded here: Aldwinkles Yard