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: Anti-German Excitement at Deptford

An Incident which shows how inflammable is the temper of the populace beneath its apparent calm occurred in High Street Deptford on Wednesday afternoon. Some territorials were passing the shop of a German butcher in that thoroughfare and a man connected with that establishment, who was standing at the door, allowed his face to assume an expression which might have been regarded as contemptuous. An elderly Irishwoman took this view that it was a deliberate sneer and she promptly smacked the man's face and delivered herself of some candid observations regarding Germans in general and the object of her wrath in particular. The shop was soon surrounded by a crowd, who having just heard of the arrest of alleged German spies in London were in no gentle mood when they heard of what had happened. In consequence of the feeling displayed the proprietor closed his premises, the police remaining in the vicinity for some hours. The shop was not opened yesterday.

Kentish Mercury 7 August 1914
Anti-German protest at Deptford

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