WWI Centenary 1914-2014

First world war centenary in Gravesham, Kent

2014 marks 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War. The First World War was a turning point in world history. It claimed the lives of over 16million people across the globe and had an impact on the lives of everyone. One hundred years on, we are all connected to the First World War, either through our own family history, the heritage of local communites or because of its long term impact on society and the world we live in today.                                                             

The IWM (Imperial War Museums) is leading on the First World War Centenary Partnership, a network of local, regional, national and internation cultural and educational organisations. As a group the partnership will present a programmed of events, activities and digital platforms which will enable millions of people across the world to discover more about life in the First World War.


Further Information and WW1 Resources

Front Line Kent, Centenary Events in Kent

www.visitkent.co.uk/frontlinekent - Visit kent has set up a dedicated page listing centenary events being held throughout the County of Kent.

www.1914.org-The Imperial War Museum has set up a website to co-ordinate a listing of the international events and resources which will be marking 100 years since the outbreak of The Great War. The website includes podcasts, latest news and projects.

www.greatwar.co.uk - This site provides an overview of the First World War battlefields on the Western Front by showing you where they are and what you can see there today.

www.realpoppy.co.uk - The Real Poppy Campaign would like to see the UK covered in Flanders poppies during August 2014. Vist the web site to find out further information on how you can help their campaign.



Gravesham War Memorials

There are a number of WWI Memorials within the borough. Detailed information can be found on the Kent Fallen web site.


WW1 Community Projects

Gravesend Grammar School - Remembering our 'old boys'

The School have carried out a detailed family research of each of the Gravesend Grammar School pupils who fought and died in WW1. Buriel sites have been located across Europe and some in Gravesham, the projects aims to lay a wreath at each of these graves starting with those in Belgium in 2014.

A website will be available soon with detailed information and learning resources.

St John's Comprehensive School - Gravesham Memorials book and projects

Assisted by the Local History Society the school will investigate memorials in the Gravesham area starting with the Memorial on Windmill Hill. Each name listed will be studied in detail with a biography written. The biographies will be added together to produce an illustrated and captioned 200 pages A4 book. The Memorial on Windmill Hill will comprise 3 volumes; Volume 1 – A-E is almost complete with a view to launch it in September at the school or at the Woodville Theatre with the Mayor in attendance. Volumes covering the other names to follow as the work is done.

The school will also mount a display with artefacts, postcards and information on Gravesham and the Great War ready for September 2014.

Students from year 9 plus re-enactors and student actors will portray Gravesham soldiers from the War being interviewed under the control of a television news reporter.


Gravesham WW1 Timeline

The timeline is being researched by a group of volunteers. As information is found it will be added to the link below.

Gravesham's WW1 timeline


Gravesham Centenary Events Diary

To check Centenary Events happening in Gravesham please click here.