Published: Thursday, 30th August 2018

A number of events and activities will be held throughout autumn to commemorate the number of Medway lives lost during the First World War.

Cllr Howard Doe, Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community Services, said: “Medway is proud to be steeped in military history and has very close links with the Armed Forces so it is important that we mark the centenary of the First World War. Earlier this year we honoured Major James McCudden, one of the most highly decorated airmen in British military history at the Royal Engineers Museum. There are a number of events which have been organised across Medway to commemorate those who lost their lives in the First World War and we look forward to welcoming residents to them.”

The Lost Helmet

Across Medway throughout autumn

To commemorate the huge number of Medway lives lost in WW1, a replica helmet and cap will be passed through the hands of hundreds of residents, each representing a life lost. Pictures are being taken of people wearing the helmet, which will then be displayed at the Medway Archives Centre. For more information phone: 01634 332900 or email: heritageattractions@medway.gov.uk

Soldiers’ Stories on our Streets

Medway Council’s Heritage Team has recently been awarded a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to mark the centenary of the end of the Great War. Soldiers’ Stories on Our Streets project will help local people find out who fought in the Great War from the street that they live in today. 

The project is inspired by the FOMA 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.

A range of events will be held throughout Autumn as part of the programme to raise awareness of the FOMA index and train local residents basic archive and research skills.

Live Bait

The Guildhall Museum

Based on our Live Bait painting - which represents the three cruisers lost at sea, Medway’s largest loss of life in a single day during WW1 - young people, families and visitors have been designing poppies to hang on our staircase. Come and visit the display. visitmedway.org

The impact of WWI upon women in Britain

An illustrated talk by Delia Taylor

Wed, 31 Oct, 2.30pm,

Strood Community Hall

Tickets £4. Booking is essential. For additional information and to book your place, phone: 01634 332714.

Cut, Fold, Create – Medway Remembers 1918

Until Dec, across Medway

This visual arts project will be on display throughout Medway. There’ll be paper commemorations, dazzle ships and lots of activities exploring the traditional techniques for paper-toy making.

Untold Stories: A Celebration of Black People in Kent

5 Oct - 2 Dec. No1 Smithery,

Historic Dockyard, Chatham

This extraordinary exhibition celebrates the Black Community of Kent over the centuries, including Walter Tull, the British Army’s first black officer to command white troops, who died during WWI.

Men of the Medway Towns. The Ultimate Sacrifice 1918 - 1919

Until 1 Dec

Medway Archives Centre

This exhibition highlights the men from Medway who gave their lives during 1918 – 1919.

At Break of Day

Elizabeth Speller author talk

Tue, 11 Sep, 7.30-9pm. Strood Library, Community Hub Strood

Elizabeth Speller will discuss her novel At Break of Day that tells the story of four men who are together at daybreak on 1 July 1916 during the Battle of the Somme.

For more information visit www.enjoymedway.org

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