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.
A list of useful websites for World War One research has been compiled by Barbara Phillips, click here to view (updated 13 Feb).
Caroline Blackett has compiled a document on how to start tracing your WW1 ancestor, click here to view.
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
Barbara Attwaters wrote a piece on researching World War I ancestry for the Sevenoaks Chronicle in January 2014, click here to view the text.
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
An exhibition Our Villages in the Great War will be at Crockenhill, Eynsford and Farningham in August, click here for more details.
The Society has arranged a number of talks at the branches throughout the year by experts on various aspects of WWI:
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'
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.)
12 Jun 2014 - Chris McCooey, 'Despatches From the Home Front'
13 Nov 2014 - Melanie Gibson-Barton, 'Walking in Flanders Fields'
26 April 2014 - Andrew Robertshaw, 'WW1 - Finding the Fallen and their Family History'
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 - I||Churchyards K - W|
|Ash & New Ash Green, St Peter & St Paul, churchyard||Ifield, St Margaret churchyard, Cobham|
|Ashurst, St Martin||Ightham St Peter, churchyard|
|Bexley, St Mary, churchyard||Kemsing, St Mary, churchyard|
|Bexleyheath Cemetery||Keston, churchyard|
|Bidborough, St Lawrence, churchyard||Lamberhurst, St Mary the Virgin, churchyard|
|Biggin Hill, cemetery||Larkfield, Holy Trinity|
|Brasted, St Martin, churchyard||Leigh, St Mary, churchyard|
|Bromley, Plaistow Cemetery||Longfield, St Mary Magdalene|
|Chelsfield, St Martin of Tour, churchyard||Mark Beech, Holy Trinity, churchyard|
|Chevening, burial ground||Meopham, St John, churchyard|
|Chevening, St Botolph, churchyard||North Cray, St James, additional churchyard|
|Chiddingstone Causeway, St Luke, churchyard||Northfleet Cemetery|
|Chiddingstone, St Mary, churchyard||Nurstead, St Mildred, churchyard|
|Chislehurst Cemetery||Orpington, All Saints churchyard; churchyard extension & additional graves|
|Cobham, St Mary Magdalene, new churchyard||Otford, St Bartholomew, churchyard|
|Crayford, St Paulinus, churchyard||Paddock Wood, St Andrew, old churchyard|
|Crockham Hill, Holy Trinity churchayard?||Penshurst, St John the Baptist, churchyard|
|Darenth, St Margaret of Antioch R.C., churchyard||Plaxtol, churchyard|
|Dartford, East Hill Cemetery||Ridley, St Peter, churchyard|
|Dartford, Joyce Green Hospital Cemetery||Riverhead, St Mary, churchyard|
|Dartford, Stone Cemetery||Shoreham, St Peter & St Paul, churchyard|
|Dartford, Watling Street Cemetery||Sidcup Cemetery|
|Erith, Brook Street Cemetery||Sidcup, St John|
|Erith, St John the Baptist, churchyard||Southborough Cemetery|
|Eynsford, Baptist chapelyard||Southfleet, St Nicholas, churchyard|
|Eynsford, St Martin, churchyard||Speldhurst, St Mary the Virgin, churchyard|
|Farningham St Peter & St Paul||St Mary Cray, Star Lane Cemetery|
|Fawkham, St Mary churchyard||St Pauls Cray, St Paulinus, churchyard|
|Footscray Baptist Church||Stansted, St Mary, churchyard|
|Footscray, All Saints||Sutton-at-Hone, burial ground|
|Fordcombe St Peter churchyard||Swanley, St Mary, churchyard|
|French Street, private burial ground||Swanley, St Paul, churchyard|
|Halstead, St Margaret, churchyard||Swanscombe Cemetery|
|Hartley, All Saints churchyard||Tunbridge Wells Cemetery|
|Hayes, St Mary the Virgin, churchyard||West Kingsdown, St Edmund the King & Martyr, churchyard (also known as The Church in the Woods)|
|Hever, St Peter, Churchyard||West Wickham, St John the Baptist, churchyard|
|Higham, St Mary, churchyard||Westerham St Mary, churchyard|
|Horton Kirby, St Mary, new churchyard||Wilmington, St Michael, churchyard|
|Ide Hill, St Mary, churchyard||Wrotham, St George, churchyard extension|
Supplement, July 2014:
|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|
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.
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.
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.