The First World War (4thAugust 1914 – 11thNovember 1918) was a significant point in world history. It claimed the lives of over 16 million people worldwide and had an impact on the lives of everyone who remained. One hundred years on, we are all connected to the First World War in one way or another. Either through our own family history, the heritage of our local communities or because of its long term impact on society and the world we live in today.
Communities and individuals of all ages will come together to mark, commemorate and remember the lives of those who lived, fought and died in the First World War at the 100thanniversary.
Swale’s contribution should be marked by the remembrance of those locals who gave their lives in the service of their country. The local Sittingbourne organisations will research those names remembered on local war memorials. to discover more about their lives in the First World War.
Objectives of the project:
Various history groups in the Swale area will be collaborating to identifyas many of the war dead from World War 1 named on local memorials.
To research and producea biopic of individuals identified; where possible in detail. Obtain oral history details if this is possible, from those that knew them.
To produceBook and/or DVD and/or Educational Material and/or a website dedicated to these individuals.
To recognise the ultimate sacrifice made by the Swale men from Sittingbourne and its surrounding parishes during the Great War 1914-1918.
The 24 Swale parishes in scope are: Bapchild, Bobbing, Borden, Bredgar, Doddington, Frinsted, Hartlip, Iwade, Lower Halstow, Lynsted, Kingsdown, Milstead, Milton Regis, Murston, Newington, Newnham, Norton Buckland and Stone, Rodmersham, Sittingbourne, Stockbury, Teynham, Tonge, Tunstall, and Upchurch. (But if you if you have done or want to do some reserach for another Swale parish please do get in contact with us, we would be delighted for you to join us). Likewise if you have a relative who was local and died in the First War, or if you have your own reserach you would like to have published on the First World War, we would like to hear from you.
The overall approach of this project will be to -
Collate the names commemorated on the ME9 / ME10 Swale Memorials
Utilise the various civilian and regimental, national and local archives resources available, research those individuals named.
Produce a biography of the individuals utilising family oral, written of photographic evidence available.
Publish our findings in a format that is most useful to the general public.