Resources in 2021

We’re doing everything we can to try and remember the men and women of Sevenoaks during the Great War. Although we are unable to offer our normal WW1 guided walks, there is lots of material available on our website, from photos of soldiers who served, to contemporary local postcards and images of ordinary Sevenoaks residents.

If you would like to book a talk for your school, group or society via zoom then please get in touch. Our next scheduled talk will be to the Sevenoaks Society in February 2021, when we will be talking about the war and its legacy.

Don’t forget that you can listen to our recent podcast here

Follow us on twitter @7oaksww1 and take a look at our #sevenoaksremembers hashtag which told a different fact or story about the war every day for a month last year until 11 November.

You can also buy copies of our book by clicking the link on the right of your screen. Packed full of local photos and stories of Sevenoaks during the war, it makes a great gift for anyone interested in history.

And as usual, please do let us know if you have a family story to share – we’d love to hear from you.

Most of all, stay safe.

Matt.

Mentioned in Dispatches

We were delighted to be interviewed by Dr Tom Thorpe of the Western Front Association for his regular podcast, Mentioned in Dispatches.

The episode looks at all aspects of the Great War in Sevenoaks and can be found here or wherever you normally access your podcasts.

Hope you enjoy listening to it – let us know what you think!

Greatness Cemetery Guided Walk on 9 November

We’re pleased to announce that following the success of last year’s Great War guided walks at Greatness Cemetery, we will be leading a group on Saturday 9 November from 11.00 until 12.30.

The walk is free and available to all, including children aged ten and above. Please bear in mind that some of the ground we will be walking is uneven and may be muddy depending on the weather, so suitable footwear and clothing is advisable.

Local historian Matthew Ball will speak about the Great War, telling a diverse range of stories regarding local people buried in the cemetery, from a Crimean veteran who appeared at early recruitment meetings, to a local victim of a Zeppelin raid, a Conscientious Objector’s family, and officers and men of The (Queen’s Own) Royal West Kent Regiment.

The tour includes graves in the care of The Commonwealth War Graves Commission and many private memorials.

To book, or for any other queries, please email matt@sevenoaksww1.org