From the category: Behind the Lines

Meldreth at the Outbreak of the Great War

Though the village school (illustrated here) had opened just four years earlier in 1910, there was sufficient concern about housing conditions at the outbreak of the Great War in Meldreth and Melbourn for a public inquiry to be held.

An article which can be viewed on the Meldreth Local History Group's website which gives a more detailed account of events taking place in the village in 1914 and some of the prevailing concerns:

News of the first local man to be wounded in the fighting, Private TG Harland, came in October of the same year.