Remembering Herne Hill 1914-18

Armistice Day at Herne Hill Market, Sun 11 November 2018

The Herne Hill Society has been working on identifying all Herne Hill’s First World War casualties. We have researched the lives and deaths of more than 330 so far — we believe there may be as many as 700. The Centenary of the Armistice will be on a Sunday, when we hold our popular market. There is no civic war memorial in Herne Hill.
 
We propose to recognise this event with two minutes’ silence at 11:00.

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

This has the support of the Herne Hill Forum, City and Country Farmers’ Markets and Southeastern Railway, who run the station. There will be an advance announcement at the station. We plan to follow the silence with a short choral performance.

We will launch our new Memorial website on the same day.

Background

This is a volunteer-led project tol tell the story of all those from Herne Hill who served in the First World War - as well as other residents who suffered as a result. We were awarded £5,200 from the Heritage Lottery Fund, thanks to money raised by National Lottery players.

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We are currently identifying and researching Herne Hill’s hundreds of war casualties. We are investigating the stories of other residents who lived through the war, including those of German origin. We will publish a book and a memorial website in November 2018.

The project is run jointly with the Charter School, Red Post Hill. The school’s involvement is led by their Head of History, Dan Townsend. Dan has experience of leading a successful heritage project as co-founder in 2012 of Herts at War. [external link]

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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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