MEMORY LANE: WWI Grantham features in new Lincs postcard book

Joiners at Belton Park camp.
Joiners at Belton Park camp.
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Local historians with an interest in WWI might like to know there is a new book entitled Lincolnshire at War 1914-18 On Old Picture Postcards (£4.95 from bookshops).

The book was written by Eric Croft, of Lincoln, who has collected postcards of the county for more than 40 years, along with military expert Steve Vernon.

It features 78 picture postcards with informative captions that detail some of the ways Lincolnshire was affected by the Great War.

As it is a county-wide collection, it is not unsurprising that there are only 10 featured from the Grantham area, but there is still plenty of much interest, including a little section on the tank, the first of which was manufactured in Lincoln by William Foster Ltd.

Picture here is a postcard from 1914 depicting some 40 joiners who were employed to contruct the army camp at Belton Park. The camp was initially tented but they were soon replaced by timber structures. The men shown may actually have been trawlermen by trade as records show that 150 were employed there as they were unable to fish the North Sea.