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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
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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: Deptford Mayor's Speech

On rejoining the 20th London Captain W F Marchant, Mayor of Deptford took over running Holly Hedge House, Blackheath. The headquarters of the Regiment with Captain Theodore Prestige, Deptford's representative on the LCC.

At this time he made the following speech
"Men of Deptford! The Army is mobilised The Mayor is enrolling recruits for your local Territorial Battalion at Holly Hedge House, Blackheath. England expects that every man will do his duty. God save the King."

They also made a joint appeal with the news that the 20th had already been mobilised and gone to its war station to the men of New Cross, Brockley, St John's and Deptford for recruits asking that smart young men apply at Holly Hedge House.
/ /"What we want"// said Captain Prestige to a representative of the Kentish Mercury on Wednesday night. "Is young men of the type who need to belong to the old 2nd West Kent Volunteers, and we hope thaty numbers of such will answer our appeal."

Kentish Mercury 7 August 1914
Deptford Mayor's Speech
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