Welcome to the London Borough of Lewisham's wiki for the Borough during the First World War. In this wiki we look at the local Lewisham area at this time and the people who lived here. Subjects such as local businesses, Military Hospital, Local Newspaper Articles, The Kentish Mercury 7th August 1914, Timeline of National and Local Lewisham Events During the First World War, Metropolitan Borough of Deptford Staff Roll of Honour 1915, Pictures of Lewisham Area during the First World War, Recruitment Locally, Conscription, Military Tribunals, Conscientious Objection, and Grove Park in the First World War.

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This wiki is still being developed and subject to change, please bear with us until it is completed. If you have any suggestions for improvements or inclusions please let us know. Click here to contact us by Local History and Archives Centre, Lewisham and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

Also through the Conscientious Objection in Lewisham 1916 - 1919 Project, using the Pearce Register of British Conscientious Objectors as the basis for her research, and in collaboration with the Peace Pledge Union one of our volunteers (Ann O'Brien) looks at conscientious objectors in the present London Borough of Lewisham Area.
Sinking of the Lusitania

There are also other sites we have created that covered topics such as the local War Memorials, Air Raids and there is a Book of Remembrance for you to add you local relative to.

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For information on some of the Battles of the First World War where Local Lewisham Residents died or served.

Lewisham Area in 1916

Spanish Flu Pandemic

Local First World War Air Raids

First World War Resources at Local History and Archives Centre

Featured Article: War Notes and News

Private W. J. Woodman, of No.1 Company, 3rd Battalion Coldstream Guards, writing to his mother at 195, Algernon Road, Lewisham, from the front, on April 9th, says: “I hope by the time you receive this that we shall have had a go at the Huns. Our bombs are causing some terrible havoc amongst them. The other day, when we were only 55 yards distant, we threw some rifle grenades at them, which made them dodge up a communication trench, on which we shortly afterwards fired, three trench mortar bombs and three on the firing-line. We caught them in a trap, and, my word, you should have heard the pretty names they called us. For every one they fire we usually fire three; that seems the only way to keep them quiet. The weather this month has been very wet… Food is about the same; the only fault is that we do not get enough bread. In front of us, there is a line of dead Germans, and every time we fire a rifle the bullet usually goes through these poor men. Last Thursday the Germans gave us a musical evening, and we enjoyed it, as they sang very well. The Irish Guards returned the compliment on Good Friday by singing some Irish songs. On Easter Monday we were in the trenches again, and we had steak and potatoes, which we usually have in this section. I have just received your hot cross buns – a week late.”

Kentish Mercury, April 23 1915
War Notes and News

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