Dr Katherine Storr WW 1 Archive


Following a career in teaching, Katherine retired in 1987 through ill health.  However, in 1993 she began studying at the University of sussex, taking first a B.A. in Cultural Studies and then an M.A. in Contemporary History.  She followed this with a D.Phil on the First World War, and during her studies also published various articles on women’s history.  Her thesis examined the effect of the war on civilians in the areas invaded by the German army and her book, based on her thesis, is:  Excluded from the Record:  Women, Refugees and Relief, 1914 – 1929, published by Peter Lang (2010).

Since her move to Lincolnshire in 2005, Katherine has studied the help given to Belgian refugees by people of the county, publishing Belgian Refugees in Lincolnshire and Hull, 1914 – 1919, which is available from the author and can be read in some county libraries.

WW1 Archive – Katherine takes a look at the impact of WW1 on Lincolnshire in this series of articles

Lincolnshire Home Front – Introduction

Developing the Home Front – From Peace to War

Military Mobilization

Enlistment, Conscription, Exemption, Tribunals

Producing Munitions

Aerial Warfare and Home Defence


Fishing and Coastal Towns

Hospitals and Nursing

The End of the War to End All Wars


30 thoughts on “Dr Katherine Storr WW 1 Archive

  1. September 12, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    I would like to contact Dr Katherine Storr in relation to the title Aerial Warfare & Home Defence
    I am researching the history of the former WW1 landing ground at North Coates Fitties which is mentioned in this history. I am hoping that she may have more material that wasnt published.

    1. Geoff Taylor
      September 12, 2013 at 7:36 pm

      Hi Bian,
      I will pass your contact details to Dr Storr and ask her to contact you.
      Geoff Taylor

    2. Amanda Riley
      September 15, 2015 at 3:37 pm

      Hi, I would also like to get in touch with Katherine Storr if possible to ask about the history of Holbeach.
      Many thanks

      1. Geoff Taylor
        September 15, 2015 at 7:47 pm

        Hi Amanda

        Katherine has moved to the south coast. I will try and contact her.
        Geoff Taylor

  2. September 12, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    Thankyou very much
    Brian Stafford

  3. Peter Read
    January 9, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    Don’t know if Dr Storr or anyone in your organisation can help. We have a ‘silver’ cigarette case “presented by the inhabitants of Whaplode Drive & District to Frank Buttery who served in the Great War 1914-1919”. We are trying to find out the background to this presentation. Many thanks for any assistance.

    1. Geoff Taylor
      January 10, 2014 at 9:06 am

      We will do our best to find out more.
      Geoff Taylor

  4. John Bland
    January 22, 2014 at 12:24 am

    Regarding the query on Frank Buttery, it might be worth checking whether he had any connection with the village, either through birth or residence and also trying to trace any WW1 service records. The question is whether this was a one of presentation or whether it was one of many made to servicemen with Whaplode Drove connections. It is possible that their may have been a concentrated effort by the community to give something to servicemen with local connections in which case it might have been reported in the village news pieces that appeared in the South Lincs Free Press/Spalding Guardian. These are of course on microfilm at Spalding Library.

    It is inevitable that over the next few years as we remember the centenary of the Great War that many such mysteries will be posed and they will be similar to questions that Family Historians have been solving for years. The techniques & resources used in researching Family History are often the same required for Local History. Without Families there would be no Local History.

    The Lincolnshire Family History Society has many resources available to aid folk in their research and has many experienced researchers who may be able to assist in the quest for the answer. The local branches for the Society are in Bourne and Boston and I am Publicity Officer for the Society and am also involved in the Bourne Branch. I live in Spalding and have Whaplode Drove connections over at least a couple of centuries so the question is of interest to me as some of my distant relatives probably helped pay for it. If Mr Read has any further information about Frank Buttery and would like to contact me I will see what I can find. I have already had a quick dip in the censuses etc but there is nothing obvious that stands out so it may well be a case of starting with What is known and that must be how the case came into Mr Read’s possession and what link does he have with Frank Buttery and working back from there.

    1. Geoff Taylor
      January 22, 2014 at 10:20 pm

      Thanks for your help

  5. February 14, 2014 at 11:33 am

    Lincolnshire Remembrance: Memories and Memorials is a new project being organised by Lincolnshire County Council, to record all Lincolnshire’s memorials and research the stories behind the names recorded on them. The information will be available in a searchable database via the Lincs to the Past website. If anyone is interested in doing research or sharing research they have already done please contact me via warmemorials@lincolnshire.gov.uk
    We would love to include a link to Dr Katherine Storr’s work on this site, would this be OK and please could you pass on my contact details to Dr Storr.

    1. Geoff Taylor
      February 14, 2014 at 8:38 pm

      We would love you to include a link and i will include a link to your website. Can I also suggest another person with expertise Mrs C Arnold cmarnold@talktalk.net
      Geoff Taylor

  6. April 30, 2014 at 7:07 pm

    Hi I am very interested in this archive I am a history teacher at university academy Holbeach, and we want to do a memorial garden for the people of Holbeach the children who helped during the war, working collecting crops really interested me or maybe be doing a memorial for the soldiers who may have attended George Farmer school. Any information you could provide would be greatly appreciated, because as a school we want to commemorate the 100 year anniversary and perhaps get lottery heritage funding to create a community memorial garden at our school. Please could you get in touch if you have any information you can call the school and ask for miss braithwaite or write to me I be very interested. Our contact details are UAH, Park Road, Holbeach pe127pu 01406 423042. Thank you. S Braithwaite

    1. Geoff Taylor
      May 1, 2014 at 12:04 pm


      Love to help give me a call on 07960587724
      Geoff Taylor

    2. May 2, 2014 at 11:37 pm


      The George Farmer School was not opened until 1958 as confirmed on the inside rear cover of “A Neat Little Town – History of Holbeach” written by Jeremy Satherley in 2004. It was an amalgamation of the Boys Board School and Girls School in the High Street. However the George Farmer name comes from the endowment of land from George Farmer to fund a Free School in 1671. The School was held for many years over the North Porch of Holbeach Church until a new School building was built in 1814. A plaque in the entrance to Holbeach Church States, the Reverend Robert Hood taught Latin and Greek here.

      Robert was appointed Master of the Holbeach Free School on 14 November 1783, and also was curate of Holbeach 1783-1794. During his time as Master, he contended that as it was a Grammar School he was only required to teach Latin and Greek without charge. This brought him at loggerheads with the Feoffees of the School’s Trust who censured him accusing him of negligence. His death was reported in the Stamford Mercury in January 1811. “On Sunday 13th in Spitalfields, London in the 77th year of his age after a long & painful affliction which he sanctioned with Christian Patience and resignation The Rev. Robert Hood MA Curate of Guyhirn Chapel Wisbech, Master of the Grammar School at Holbeach”

      Rev. Robert Hood was my 4x Great Grand Uncle and in the course of my Family History Research I have located a fail amount of information and have a copy of his Will and whilst I appreciate this is before World War One, I would be happy to share details if you had reason to cover earlier periods of the School’s history in your teachings.

      Many School’s did have War Memorial’s for pupil’s who lost their lives. I think the problem you may have is that as the existing school building is not that which was used 100 years ago, the memorial may be lost – it might be worth checking previous buildings that housed the School (whilst a lot of things can be thoughtlessly destroyed, I would hope that if there was a War memorial someone might have salvaged it. Whilst it is possible to identify son’s of Holbeach who lost their lives in the two global conflicts – The Great War Roll of Honour and War Memorial in the Church grounds would be a starting point, it may be harder to prove whether they attended the Boys School. Lincolnshire Archives hold the records of the Board of Managers of the Holbeach County Schools covering 1903 to 1963 but unless these include School Registers, they may prove to be of limited use (but nonetheless should be consulted). This then takes you to the old fashioned method of trawling through the newspaper archives of the South Lincolnshire Free Press & Spalding Guardian as death’s of soldiers were recorded and obituaries are very possible that may indicate Schools attended. the newspapers are on microfilm at Spalding Library. The Spalding papers have not yet been digitised for the online British Newspaper Archive. According to Satherley 85 men in the Holbeach area lost their lives. However recent there are known instances where servicemen were not recorded on War Memorials so the number may be higher.

      Satherley’s book includes a section on the War’s that may give you inspiration such as the Zeppelin raids on the area and the long since scrapped WW1 cannon.

      I am writing this in a personal capacity but I can be contacted via the Lincolnshire Family History Society as I am the Publicity Officer. We do have members who have researched WW1 servicemen and we also have a number of resources covering the Holbeach area that may be of use in piecing together the background information on the soldiers concerned.

      1. May 3, 2014 at 1:38 am

        Thank you very much for all this information. All the information on where to get records of the fallen we will find most useful. As we are at such an early stage we have not yet chosen a focus but as UAH is the only high school in Holbeach it would be a pleasure to look into the free school’s history, and do a memorial for those who went from Holbeach to fight. I do also like the idea of the Zepplin raids being studied and the effect they had on the area as I know specific history for the area is essential. I was also looking into crops grown in 1914 and the employment of children as harvesters mentioned in Dr Storr’s work. Although this may not have been specific to Holbeach, the UAH Eco committee children have shown great interest in maybe doing a ww1 garden. As a historian I understand that it could be easier to focus on the area where most of the knowledge and evidence is available and I will definitely visit the archives you mentioned to study newspaper articles. To sum up we as a school just want to commemorate the fallen and/or celebrate the work done on the home front that helped Britain and the soldiers win WW1 as the community was essential in this victory the Year 11 students have learnt and very focused on women’s war work in WW1 and we as school will ensure that every child will be involved somewhat in the ww1 anniversary. We also plan to hold a rememberance week in November, where we would invite members of the community in to school one evening to share their families memories, to view the students work from local primary schools and UAH and have a talk from a veteran and members of the British Legion. Please could I get in touch when we have done some research into your really helpful suggestions and I could send you our proposal as we would really value your feedback as we want to to this historically accurately and be sensitive to what this community had been through WW1 and the effects immediately after. I also understand from Geoff that the local Holbeach WW1 hospital site is looking into doing a memorial and the students would be most interested in learning more about it and supporting the work going on their towards to 100 year anniversary. Thanks again.

  7. May 1, 2014 at 11:32 pm

    Wow that’s great I will try and call you tomorrow morning thanks

  8. John R G Bland
    May 3, 2014 at 12:20 am

    Having read a copy of “Belgian Refugees in Lincolnshire and Hull, 1914 – 1919” at Spalding Library, I would like to obtain a copy of Dr Storr’s book and also have a few theories that I would like to run by her in connection with findings from my own ongoing research into Sir Robert Woolley Walden, Chairman of the Metropolitan Asylum’s Board 1913-1919 and native of Spalding, as I believe that there may be crossovers between the London scene and the local Lincolnshire scene – particularly in connection with Belgian refugee’s and Earl’s Court which was administered by the MAB.

    Please can you ask her to contact me.

    1. Geoff Taylor
      May 3, 2014 at 7:12 am

      I will forward to Katherine.

  9. July 28, 2014 at 10:43 pm

    Dear Sir or Madam,

    I’m the chairperson of the West Norfolk and King’s Lynn Archaeological Society. We are shortly to start a Norfolk Community Foundation funded project, to run 2014-15 on ‘Zeppelins over Lynn and the Royal Flying Corps Home Defence’. As part of this project we will be looking at the archaeology and history of the zeppelin raid on Lynn (19th Jan. 1915), but also the role the RFC landing grounds had in defencing Lynn, and other places on the East Coast. RFC Narborough will also be studied. We are hoping to do some fieldwork and research on the RFC Landing Ground at Tydd St Mary, South Holland – including some community archaeology outreach events. I’m keen to learn of the resources/archives that you may have, that cover the RFC Landing Ground and zeppelin attacks in the area. I’m also very keen to make contact with Dr. Storr, perhaps she might like to give a presentation to the group and indeed meet us, to provide advice on the South Holland archives. I’m also keen to make contact with local schools, so Ms Step. Braithwaite (as above), perhaps you may be interested in contacting me regarding school/outreach participation in the Society project. I’m happy to work across the border, after all, my family are from Long Sutton!

    I look forward to hearing from you, your colleague and other interested parties.

    Yours faithfully,

    Clive Bond

    Dr. Clive Jonathon Bond
    West Norfolk and King’s Lynn Archaeological Society
    King’s Lynn

    1. Geoff Taylor
      July 29, 2014 at 6:59 am

      Could you send your email address to spaldingstories@gmail.com
      I will supply some contact details of people who might be able to help.
      Geoff Taylor

    2. Geoff Taylor
      July 29, 2014 at 7:07 am

      Not sure previous reply worked so here goes again.
      Could you supply your email details to spaldingstories@gmail.com I will respond with contact details
      Geoff Taylor

  10. Daniel Vulliamy
    January 5, 2015 at 6:38 pm

    Dear Geoff Taylor

    I am a retired SL from Hull University. I am anxious to get in touch with Dr Storr concerning an earlier book of hers, ‘Excluded from the Record: Women, Refugees and Relief 1914 – 1929’ where she wrote about a great aunt of mine, Grace Vulliamy. I spent yesterday looking through two 60 litre boxes of Grace’s photos, papers and other records, which I don’t think have been seen by any researcher. It would be good to discuss with Katherine if she is willing.

    With thanks

    Daniel Vulliamy

    1. Geoff Taylor
      January 5, 2015 at 10:24 pm

      Thanks for your message i like contact Katherine and pass on your contact details.
      Geoff Taylor

  11. Chris C Morrell
    April 28, 2017 at 10:26 am

    Hi Geoff – my sister and I are currently researching the life of our father Charles M Morrell. During the Great War he was an interned RFC office in the Netherlands. He spent a lot of time on parole in the Hague from 1916 – 18. We have his diaries from that time and Miss Vulliamy’s name comes up frequently. We would really like to know what her role was at the time – he often mentions the “shop” where he helped on a daily basis. Can youhelp or direct us to where we might find out more information?
    Many thanks, Chris Morrell

    1. Geoff Taylor
      April 28, 2017 at 7:56 pm

      Hi Chris,
      Can you give me a little more background. I can contact Katherine Storr.
      Geoff Taylor

  12. Tracey Townsend
    September 11, 2017 at 10:05 am

    has anyone got a current email address for this lady?
    thank you

  13. Christophe Declercq
    February 2, 2018 at 9:33 pm

    Dear Geoff, I have been in touch with Katherine in the past and upon using her then wanadoo email address this turns out to be defunct. Can you pass on my request to be in touch again over Belgian refugees. Many thanks, Christophe

    1. Geoff Taylor
      February 3, 2018 at 9:53 am

      I have also lost contact with her. I will try and locate her. Regards Geoff

  14. peter dobbie
    July 24, 2018 at 9:44 am

    Hi Geoff

    Something of a long shot but I am research for a dissertation on Belgian refugees in Richmond Surrey during WW1. Don’t know whether Katherine has stumbled upon anything about the women’s role in running the Pelabon Munitions Works which was owned by a Belgian.

    1. Geoff Taylor
      July 26, 2018 at 5:25 am

      Sorry I have lost contact with Katherine. Sorry Geoff Taylor

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