Remembering Herne Hill 1914-18

Public event on Wed 12 December 2018

“Remembering Herne Hill 1914-18” is a volunteer-run project that has mapped the addresses and researched the stories of hundreds of local men killed in the First World War. There is no civic war memorial in Herne Hill - although there are several church-based and small community memorials. Until recently, the true scale of our community’s losses in the First World War was not known.

Come and hear more about the project on Wed 12 December 2018 at Herne Hill Baptist Church, Half Moon Lane. Start time is 7:45pm. No tickets will be issued and all are welcome.

We will also launch our new book, Grace’s Story, the memoir of a young girl growing up in 45 Kemerton Road during and after the war. Several members of her family plan to attend.

You can find out more at memorial.hernehillsociety.org.uk

Poppies by Mary Rodríguez
Artwork by kind permission of local artist Mary Rodríguez www.maryrodriguez.co.uk

Background

We were awarded £5,200 from the Heritage Lottery Fund, thanks to money raised by National Lottery players.

We are currently identifying and researching Herne Hill’s many war casualties (as many as 700, we believe). And we are investigating the stories of other residents who lived through the war, including those of German origin.

The project is run by The Herne Hill Society with The Charter School North Dulwich. The school’s involvement is led by their Head of History, Dan Townsend.

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Please consider joining the project, which will run until February 2019. Here are some comments from our volunteers:

Such an interesting project - and even in the few names in my batch such variety - one the son of a surgeon, and another who grew up in the George Road, Camberwell workhouse! SM

It has been an enlightening and humbling exercise, especially when we researched people who lived in our street (a lady whose husband died before the War and then she lost both her sons in the war). TL

I have found the project really fascinating and truly heartbreaking. Those poor men/boys… I love this project and find it very moving. I feel as if those people are being properly remembered now they aren’t just names on a monument. AW

I had a reply this morning through Ancestry from a great niece of one of the soldiers, and she didn’t know at all what had happened to him. Actually, he was the first soldier I started looking at, and managed to find out exactly how he died from an extract in the War Diaries. EC

If you are interested in taking part, email us at memorial@hernehillsociety.org.uk.

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