The First World War 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.
To recognise the ultimate sacrifice made by the men and women from Sittingbourne and its surrounding parishes during the First World War 1914-1919.
To investigate all those commemorated on the Swale war memorials and local parishes.
The 27 Swale parishes in scope are:
Bapchild, Bobbing, Borden, Bredgar, Doddington, Faversham, Frinsted, Hartlip, Iwade, Kingsdown, Lower Halstow, Lynsted, Milton Regis, Milstead, Murston, Newington, Newnham, Norton Buckland and Stone, Rainham, Rodmersham, Sheppey, Sittingbourne, Stockbury, Teynham, Tonge, Tunstall , and Upchurch.
What’s Happening in the Heritage Hub?
A digital Roll of Honour of local men who fought in the First World War, funded by the HLF’s ‘Then & Now‘ programme stands proudly in the Heritage Hub.
The hi-tech touch screen contains nearly 3000 names and images of local stories about the fallen. It is situated alongside a life-size replica of a First World War trench, created by students at the University for the Creative Arts. Visitors are able to view, share, and preserve their family’s memories and heritage of the First World War, and the people who lived through it. If you have family or local photos, or you think your family name might be on the touch screen, please pop in and see us or contact us.
If you have information, or would like to become involved we need you!