World War I Centenary

Garrison Church Parade, Woolwich Over the next four years the Society will be involved with various activities and projects to mark the centenary of WWI. Work has already started on some projects and Society Volunteers will be involved in various events throughout 2014.

Websites

A list of useful websites for World War One research has been compiled by Barbara Phillips, WWI websitesclick here to view (updated 13 Feb).

Researching WW1 Ancestors

Caroline Blackett has compiled a document on how to start tracing your WW1 ancestor, WWI researchclick here to view.

Journal

All four issues of the Society Journal will contain articles, information, photographs on WWI, where possible emphasising the effects of the war and involvement of civilians, women, children and men as well as those who served in the armed forces.

If you would like to remember a family member and submit an article, or photographs please contact the Editor who will be only to happy to help and advise

Local Newspapers

Barbara Attwaters wrote a piece on researching World War I ancestry for the Sevenoaks Chronicle in January 2014, Sevenoaks Chronicleclick here to view the text.

Events

Society volunteers will be at four libraries as part of the Bexley and Bromley Archives project 'Caring for the Casualties of the First World War in Bromley', a HLF supported project. Our volunteers will be offering advice and help to visitors about researching their families involved with WWI.

The NWKFHS Drop-ins will be at:

For further details on these events and other Drop-ins at Library please contact Mike Weeks at

Exhibition

An exhibition Our Villages in the Great War will be at Crockenhill, Eynsford and Farningham in August, click here for more details.

Branch Talks

The Society has arranged a number of talks at the branches throughout the year by experts on various aspects of WWI:

Bromley Branch:

18 Jan 2014 - Timothy Stopford, 'Royal Navy, Royal Fleet Auxiliary and Fleet Air Arm crests - their origins & history'

16 Aug 2014 - Chris Jupp, 'The Start of World War I'

21 Feb 2015 - Paul Blake, 'World War I Military Records'

Dartford Branch:

2 Aug 2014 - Graham Bandy, 'Your Country Needs You! From Kitchener's volunteers to conscription in the Great War'

1 Nov 2014 - Glen Jones, 'Military Medals': Powerpoint presentation (Gallantry, Campaign, Long Service etc.)

Sevenoaks Branch:

12 Jun 2014 - Chris McCooey, 'Despatches From the Home Front'

13 Nov 2014 - Melanie Gibson-Barton, 'Walking in Flanders Fields'

AGM Dartford:

26 April 2014 - Andrew Robertshaw, 'WW1 - Finding the Fallen and their Family History'

Projects:

The War Graves Project

NWKFHS volunteers have been retaking photographs of War Graves at churchyards and cemeteries within our area which will be used to update the photographs on the War Graves Photographic Project which is a joint venture with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, and assisting the Office of Australian War Graves, Canadian Veterans Affairs and the New Zealand Ministry of Heritage and Culture.

So far some 1,500 photographs have been taken and uploaded by the Society to the War Graves Photographic Project. In addition our volunteers have been identifying civilian WWI graves, family stones and resolving any problems that arise in information and details.

The Society wishes to thank the various churches and people who have helped with information and details and the volunteers are giving so much time to this project.

WWI graves in the following churchyards/cemeteries have been re-photographed:

Churchyards A - IChurchyards K - W
Ash & New Ash Green, St Peter & St Paul, churchyardIfield, St Margaret churchyard, Cobham
Ashurst, St MartinIghtham St Peter, churchyard
Bexley, St Mary, churchyardKemsing, St Mary, churchyard
Bexleyheath CemeteryKeston, churchyard
Bidborough, St Lawrence, churchyardLamberhurst, St Mary the Virgin, churchyard
Biggin Hill, cemeteryLarkfield, Holy Trinity
Brasted, St Martin, churchyardLeigh, St Mary, churchyard
Bromley, Plaistow CemeteryLongfield, St Mary Magdalene
Chelsfield, St Martin of Tour, churchyardMark Beech, Holy Trinity, churchyard
Chevening, burial groundMeopham, St John, churchyard
Chevening, St Botolph, churchyardNorth Cray, St James, additional churchyard
Chiddingstone Causeway, St Luke, churchyardNorthfleet Cemetery
Chiddingstone, St Mary, churchyardNurstead, St Mildred, churchyard
Chislehurst CemeteryOrpington, All Saints churchyard; churchyard extension & additional graves
Cobham, St Mary Magdalene, new churchyardOtford, St Bartholomew, churchyard
Crayford, St Paulinus, churchyardPaddock Wood, St Andrew, old churchyard
Crockham Hill, Holy Trinity churchayard?Penshurst, St John the Baptist, churchyard
Darenth, St Margaret of Antioch R.C., churchyardPlaxtol, churchyard
Dartford, East Hill CemeteryRidley, St Peter, churchyard
Dartford, Joyce Green Hospital CemeteryRiverhead, St Mary, churchyard
Dartford, Stone CemeteryShoreham, St Peter & St Paul, churchyard
Dartford, Watling Street CemeterySidcup Cemetery
Erith, Brook Street CemeterySidcup, St John
Erith, St John the Baptist, churchyardSouthborough Cemetery
Eynsford, Baptist chapelyardSouthfleet, St Nicholas, churchyard
Eynsford, St Martin, churchyardSpeldhurst, St Mary the Virgin, churchyard
Farningham St Peter & St PaulSt Mary Cray, Star Lane Cemetery
Fawkham, St Mary churchyardSt Pauls Cray, St Paulinus, churchyard
Footscray Baptist ChurchStansted, St Mary, churchyard
Footscray, All SaintsSutton-at-Hone, burial ground
Fordcombe St Peter churchyardSwanley, St Mary, churchyard
French Street, private burial groundSwanley, St Paul, churchyard
Halstead, St Margaret, churchyardSwanscombe Cemetery
Hartley, All Saints churchyardTunbridge Wells Cemetery
Hayes, St Mary the Virgin, churchyardWest Kingsdown, St Edmund the King & Martyr, churchyard (also known as The Church in the Woods)
Hever, St Peter, ChurchyardWest Wickham, St John the Baptist, churchyard
Higham, St Mary, churchyardWesterham St Mary, churchyard
Horton Kirby, St Mary, new churchyardWilmington, St Michael, churchyard
Ide Hill, St Mary, churchyardWrotham, St George, churchyard extension

Supplement, July 2014:

Churchyards
Chislehurst: The Annunciation Churchyard
Chislehurst: St Nicholas Churchyard
Chislehurst: St Maryís RC Churchyard
Crockenhill: All Saints Churchyard
Crockenhill: All Soulís Churchyard
Crockenhill: Union Burial Ground
East Wickham St Michael Churchyard
Tonbridge Cemetery

Sevenoaks St Nicholas Churchyard: this church and graveyard is unsafe and dangerous. It has been fenced off so unfortunately we are unable to gain access.

Bromley Absentee Voters List

A project that is being by the carried out by the Bromley Branch. This project is nearing completion. The Branch is also looking at a WW1 exhibition where members could provide a small display of a WW1 ancestor on 1 or 2 A3 pages and that these could be placed around the room.

Library

The NWKFHS at Summerfield Drive will have a WWI themed Window display. The Society would like to thank KCC Libraries for their agreement and help.