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On this day...

RemembranceCommemoration of Casualties from the Parochial Parish of Kingsdown and Creekside.

 

Unknown soldiers - photos of soldiers without known names.

Artefacts ...

- Collection of Despatches (transcribed by the Society)

- The King's Proclamation opening war preparations.(1914)
- Conyer and Teynham Kent Territorials Rifle Range (1912 House of Commons)
- Voluntary Aid Detachments (VADs) from our Parishes (March 1914, Herne Bay Express)
- "The Buffs" - Every Village Must Give Its Support - Recruitment Centres Listed
- Units of the Army explained to those on the Home Front (September 1914)

- Press Bureau report: "Scenes Behind the Lines - The Morning Toilet. Dinner-time in a Cafe" (4th October 1914 - The Times)

- Soldiers' stories from the First Battle of Ypres (19 October to 22nd November 1914)

Additional themes

- Children at War
- Plight of Rural Soldier's Wives
- Women's War Work
- Air Raids (Airships and Aeroplanes) 1914-1918

More ...

Monthly reports include :-
- Maps of Front lines (mostly from the Daily Express);
- Commander in Chief Despatches to the War Office.
Field Marshal General Sir John French
1) Field Marshal General Sir John French (CinC from the declaration of war)

General Sir Douglas Haig

2) General Sir Douglas Haig (CinC from 16th May 1916)

Imperial War Museum War Partnership logoFirst World War - Home Front News & Snippets.....

World War 1 soldier at rest

As the Centenary unfolds, a range of newspaper and other records will appear here to give an idea of how the war was revealed on the Home Front, primarily focused on Kent for our purposes .... fairly random. If you have other local snippets to share, please let us know using the dedicated email account:
Parish Records Contact Address

On this day ......

Click on the relevant months (below) to follow a (sometimes random) unfolding picture of WW1 in its many aspects as reported to the Home Front or as it was experienced first hand by those in our part of Kent through newspaper reports. To find the Despatches for these periods, follow this link (also left column of this page).

1914

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August
September
October
November
December

1915

January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December

1916

January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December

1917

January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December

1918

January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December

1919

January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December

1920

January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December

 

Approximate Dates of the Principal British Battles on the Western Front.
Mons 23rd August, 1914.
Le Cateau I 26th August, 1914.
Marne I 6th September—10th September, 1914.
Aisne I 13th September—28th September, 1914.
La Bassee 10th October—31st October, 1914.
Ypres I 19th October—21st November, 1914.
Neuve Chapelle 10th March—13th March, 1915.
Ypres II 22nd April—24th May, 1915.
Fromelles 9th May, 1915.
Festubert 15th May—25th May, 1915.
Loos 25th September—15th October, 1915.
Somme I 1st July—17th November, 1916.
Arras 9th April—16th May, 1917.
Messines 7th June—14th June, 1917.
Ypres III 31st July—6th November, 1917.
Cambrai I 20th November—7th December, 1917.
Somme II 21st March—5th April, 1918.
Lys 9th April—29th April, 1918.
Aisne III 27th May—2nd June, 1918.
Marne II 15th July—4th August, 1918.
Amiens 8th August—12th August, 1918.
Bapaume 21st August—31st August, 1918.
Scarpe 26th August—3rd September, 1918.
Épehy 12th September—18th September, 1918.
Cambrai II 27th September—5th October, 1918.
Flanders 28th September, 1918.
Le Cateau II 6th October—12th October, 1918.
Selle 17th October—25th October, 1918.
Sambre 1st November—11th November, 1918.
(Mons retaken 11th November, 1918.)

Placing the 'Headline' Battlefields of the Western Front

Battlefields of the Western Front


Distribution of Empires - 1914

Empires of Britain, France and Germany in 1914

A listing of all Declarations of War across the globe can be inspected on the excellent firstworldwar.com Site.