Pictured left to right: Bruce Simpson, Chairman of the Western Front Association; Councillor Veronica Philpott, representing the Town Mayor of Dover; Hedley Basford; The Lord-Lieutenant of Kent, Viscount De L'Isle; Hedley's grandson, Ben Paterson, and Group Captain Patrick Tootal. (c) Western Front Association.

Commemoration of the Deployment of the BEF, Swingate ,12th August 2014

On the 12th August 2014, as part of the Western Front Association 1st World War Centenary commemorative events, a  special service was held at the Royal Flying Corps Memorial at Swingate, near Dover, to commemorate the arrival at Swingate on 12th August 1914 of  No.s 2, 3, 4 and 5 Squadrons Flying Corps prior to their […]

Photographed with Baroness Emerton DL are The Mayor of Tunbridge Wells, Cllr Julian Stanyer, Mayoress, Mrs Anne Stanyer, Peter Blackell JP DL, Jo Wiltcher, Museum and Art Gallery Manager, Jeremy Kimmel and Abbi Bradford. (c) David Hodgkinson

Opening of the Exhibition “Back to Blighty”, Tunbridge Wells Art Gallery, 24th July, 2014

On Thursday the 24th of July, Baroness Audrey Emerton DL, officially opened the latest Exhibition at the Tunbridge Wells Art Gallery, ‘Back to Blighty’.  The Exhibition is open until the 4th of January 2015. Tunbridge Wells, during WW1, was an important centre for the care and convalescence of wounded Soldiers, from both Britain and Belguim. […]

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World War I Centenary – Vigil Services, 4th August, 2014

In response to the appeal made by the Department of Culture, Media and  Sport, and supported by The Royal Household for floodlighting and house lights to be extinguished between 2200 and 2300 hours on the night of 4th August,  and to leave a single light burning in each place, the gesture was taken up by many […]

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The Step Short Arch Opening, Folkestone, by His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales, 4th August, 2014

His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales visited Folkestone on Monday 4th August 2014 to open the Step Short Association’s Memorial Arch on the Leas, Folkestone. The arch is the only new memorial to be built in commemoration of World War 1. The arch replaces an earlier one built after World War 1 but removed […]

The Mayor of Tunbridge Wells, Cllr Julian Stanyer, Mayoress, Mrs Anne Stanyer, followed by Peter Blackwell JP DL , with the refurbished war memorial in the background. (c) Jerry Edey

Rusthall Village War Memorial Re-dedication Ceremony, 23rd July, 2014

To commemorate the Commencement of WW1, the community of Rusthall Village held a special Service of Remembrance, together with a Rededication of their War Memorial. Local Rusthall Historian, Mr Clive Roberts, was intrigued by a remark made by Canon Bob Whyte at the November Remembrance Service in 2000, “What a pity we know nothing more […]