End of WW1 commemoration project

We hope you will be interested in the project Sally Morton is organising to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the End of WW1.

Click here to find ideas for individual and group activities culminating in an event in November. Sally can be contacted to help generate ideas and plan for the performances and exhibition via TU3AProjectWW1@virginmedia.com.



Sally Morton – TU3AProjectWW1@virginmedia.com

After launching on the back page of May’s Diary, it has been great to see this project welcomed with much enthusiasm.  Various groups are taking up the challenge to focus on the theme in a meeting or preparing to perform at the November event.  Several members have already shared accounts of their family’s experiences in the war.  So, I hope you will all be inspired to explore your personal or local history of the period over the next few months. https://www.forces-war-records.co.uk/ is a good place to look and you can get some basic information without subscription.  The local library provides free access to genealogy databases such as Ancestry at https://www.kent.gov.uk/leisure-and-community/history-and-heritage/family-history.   Lots of relevant events are being put on including a stage production of “Birdsong” at Tunbridge Well’s Assembly Hall in July https://www.assemblyhalltheatre.co.uk/whats-on/drama/birdsong.  Do let me know via TU3AProjectWW1@virginmedia.com the details of events, talks or exhibitions that I can list in the next monthly update.


Does your family own a medal from WWI? www.forces-war-records.co.uk/medals/british-war-medal shows you what the British War Medal, a campaign medal of the British Empire for service in World War One, looks like.

How about bringing it to the November event to show others?  Do keep it with you though for safe-keeping, rather than leaving it on display. All too many families would also have
received the “Dead Man’s Penny” or World War One Death Plaque www.forces-war-records.co.uk/medals/memorial-death-plaque-of-wwi. Did yours? You can obtain
replica medals from this and several other sites, which you might consider wearing on your right side at our event and to Remembrance Services.

To look into the experiences of local people, Tonbridge Historical Society’s website is a good starting point www.tonbridgehistory.org.uk/people/dead-of-ww1.html. You could also explore our revamped Tonbridge Library to find Pam Mills and David Swarbrick’s “Tonbridge roll of honour: The Great War: a record of the fallen” (2014) in the reference section. Or reflect on the list of names on the World War I wall panels in Tonbridge War Memorial Garden in
Bradford Street and appreciate the Poppy sculpture.

Have you noticed that the trio of poppy laden “Women in War” have re-appeared in the trees by the Castle’s Canon Lawn?  www.itv.com/news/meridian/update/2017-10-28/knitted-poppy-display-and-women-in-warsculpture-revealed-at-tonbridge-castle. Another evocative memorial.