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.

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

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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: Letters from the Front, ‘A German from Catford'

In the course of a letter published in the ‘Daily Telegraph’ yesterday from a member of the Queen’s Westminsters serving at the front, the writer says: “On Christmas Eve the Germans lit fires in the trenches and sang carols nearly all night. Of course, we did the same. We shouted over, ‘Won’t you come half-way and meet us and shake hands.’ So they said, ‘Yes’. So we downed all arms and I went over with —- and met four of them (they weren't taking any risks), and we had a chat, exchanged cigarettes for toffee and sweets, etc. One of them told me he was an officer, and had lived at Catford, so we got quite pally. One Christmas Day we were all out in the daylight, chatting and speaking to each other half-way between the two lines of trenches, but no one was allowed to go further either side. I smoked German cigars all day and ate German chocolate all night on guard, so I didn't do so badly.”

Kentish Mercury, Jan 1 1915
Letters from the Front, ‘A German from Catford'

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