Bexley remembers the First World War

The London Borough of Bexley is proud to be involved in projects and events to commemorate the centenary of the First World War.

  • Bexley’s Great War 1914 to 1918 - a guide to sources (PDF, 2 MB)
  • Bexley Local Studies and Archives Centre have also been compiling a Roll of Honour which will list all known servicemen with local links who died during the Great War
  • the Centre has been working in partnership with the East Wickham and Welling War Memorial Trust
  • we have produced a series of commemorative Bexley banners
    • Bexley Remembers - 1914 to 1918
    • Bexley Remembers - Gallipoli
    • Bexley's Somme Stories
  • Not Forgotten - Remembering the First World War
  • William White - Crayford's Unknown Warrior from the First World War

If you would like to learn more about how the events of 1914 to 1918 affected the local area please call in or contact us. We have a unique collection of books, archival documents, images and newspapers relating to the history of that time.

We will remember them.

Staff and volunteer researchers at Bexley Local Studies and Archives Centre have compiled a database of all known servicemen with local links who died during the Great War.

Produced in time to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armistice this roll of honour is the product of five years of research. We hope that this unique resource will be of use to anyone studying Bexley's WW1 heritage.

We are also collecting a photographic database of pictures of Bexley's 'fallen'. So far, we have over 800 pictures. Contact us for more details.

Seven banners have been produced to reflect on life in Bexley during the First World War.

Using archives, images and records available at Bexley Local Studies and Archive Centre the seven banners each take a different theme.

During the nine months of campaigning in Gallipoli the Bexley area lost almost 40 men.

Two banners have been produced using resources available at the Bexley Local Studies and Archive Centre to tell the stories of some of the Bexley men who were involved in the Gallipoli campaign of 1915.

1 July 2016 marked 100 years since the start of the Battle of the Somme during the First World War.

One of the bloodiest battles in human history, it was fought on both sides of the River Somme in France and by the end on 18 November 1916 more than 1,000,000 men were wounded or killed. To commemorate this anniversary ten banners have been produced focusing on how this battle affected the people of Bexley both at the Front where almost 200 men with Bexley connections died and at home.

Crayford resident and primary school teacher, Peter Daniel, has written the education resource booklet, Chalky' the Crayford Swallow: The Story of Private William White, which tells the story of Private William White.

This full colour educational resource includes many photographs and documents from the collections at Bexley Local Studies and Archive Centre and the National Army Museum and is beautifully illustrated by the award winning author and illustrator Michael Foreman. The cross curricular booklet contains many original and thought provoking class room activities aimed at Key Stage 2; History, Literacy, Numeracy, Art and Geography.