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 Feb 2015).
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 are 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.
As at October 2014 WWI graves in the following churchyards/cemeteries have been photographed:
|Churchyards A - I||Churchyards I - W||Ash & New Ash Green St Peter & St Paul Churchyard||Ightham St Peter Churchyard|
|Ashurst St Martin||Kemsing St Mary Churchyard|
|Bexley St Mary's Church||Keston Parish Churchyard|
|Bexleyheath Cemetery||Knockholt St Katherine 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||North Cray St James Additional Churchyard|
|Chiddingstone Causeway St Lukeís Churchyard||Northfleet Cemetery|
|Chiddingstone St Mary Churchyard||Nurstead St Mildred Churchyard|
|Chislehurst Cemetery||Orpington All Saints Chuchyard Extension|
|Chislehurst: St Maryís RC Churchyard||Orpington All Saints Churchyard|
|Chislehurst: St Nicholas Churchyard||Otford St Bartholomew Churchyard|
|Chislehurst: The Annunciation Churchyard||Paddock Wood St Andrew old Churchyard|
|Cobham St Mary Magdalene New Churchyard||Penshurst St John the Baptist Churchyard|
|Crayford St Paulinus||Plaxtol Churchyard|
|Crockenhill: All Saints Churchyard||Ridley St Peter Churchyard|
|Crockenhill: All Soulís Churchyard||Riverhead St Mary Churchyard|
|Crockenhill: Union Burial Ground||Seal St Peter & St Paul Churchyard|
|Crockham Hill||Sevenoaks (Greatness) Cemetery|
|Darenth St Margaret of Antioch R.C. Churchyard||Shoreham St Peter & St Paul Churchyard|
|Dartford East Hill Cemetery||Sidcup Cemetery|
|Dartford Watling Street Cemetery||Sidcup Cemetery|
|East Wickham St Michael Churchyard||Sidcup St John|
|Erith Brook Street Cemetery||Southborough Cemetery|
|Erith St John the Baptist Churchyard||Southfleet St Nicholas Churchyard|
|Eynsford Baptist Chapelyard||Speldhurst St Mary the Virgin Churchyard|
|Eynsford St Martin Churchyard||St Mary Cray, Star Lane Cemetery|
|Farningham St Peter & St Paul||St Paul's Cray, St Paulinus Churchyard|
|Fawkham St Mary Churchyard||Stansted St Mary Churchyard|
|Footscray All Saints||Stone Cemetery Dartford|
|Footscray Baptist Church||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|
|Hayes St May the Virgin Churchyard||Tonbridge Cemetery|
|Hartley All Saints Churchyard||Tunbridge Wells Cemetery|
|Hever St Peter Churchyard||West Kingsdown (St. Edmund the King & Martyr) Churchyard (also known as The Church in the Woods)|
|Higham St Mary Churchyard||West Wickham St John the Baptist Churchyard|
|Horton Kirby St Mary New Churchyard||Westerham St Mary Churchyard|
|Ide Hill St Mary Churchyard||Wilmington St Michael|
|Ifield St Margaret Churchyard, Cobham||Wrotham St George Churchyard Extension|
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 Library at Summerhouse Drive will have a WWI themed Window display. The Society would like to thank KCC Libraries for their agreement and help.