Published: Monday, 20th August 2018

Medway Council has received national funding for a special project to commemorate the 4,000 men from Medway who died in World War One.

The council has received a National Lottery grant of £8,500 for the Soldiers' Stories on Our Streets project.

The funding was awarded through the Heritage Lottery Fund’s First World War then and now programme.

Medway Council has also contributed £500 towards the project which will help mark the centenary of the end of the First World War in Medway.

The project is inspired by the de Caville Index which details the names of the men from Medway who died in the First World War. The index was started by Mick de Caville who, more than 25 years ago began a quest to record, street by street, the names of Medway men who died during the First World War. After his death in 2010, the Friends of Medway Archives (FOMA) completed the index and it was made available online in 2014.

By using the FOMA Index, the project aims to help local residents and school children find out who volunteered to fight in the war from the street they live in today. The index contains details of more than 4,000 Medway men, contains photographs and has a facility for researchers to contribute information.

A range of events will be held throughout Autumn as part of the Soliders’ Stories on Our Streets programme to raise awareness of the FOMA index and train local residents basic archive and research skills. The project aims to help residents learn more about the First World War through their family, house and local area’s history.

'Medway is proud of its rich military history'

Cllr Howard Doe, Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community Services, said: “We’re extremely pleased that we’ve received a £8,500 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund for the Soldiers’ Stories on Our Streets project. Medway is proud of its rich military history and it’s incredibly important to remember those who have lost their lives in wars. This project will help the local community discover more about the men who bravely fought in the First World War.”

Exploring the continuing legacy of this conflict

Michelle Roffe, Head of HLF South East England, said: “The impact of the First World War was far reaching, touching and shaping every corner of the UK and beyond. Thanks to National Lottery players, HLF has already invested more than £90million to more than 1,700 projects – large and small - that are marking this global Centenary; with our small grants programme, we are enabling even more communities like those involved in ‘Soldiers’ Stories on Our Streets’ to explore the continuing legacy of this conflict.”

For more information about the project visit www.enjoymedway.org

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