Armistice Centenary at Herne Hill, Sunday 11 November

There will only ever be one Centenary of the First World War Armistice.

On Sunday 11 November 2018 — exactly 100 years after the guns fell silent and the slaughter stopped — local people and visitors are invited to come together at 10:45 am for a brief commemoration at Herne Hill’s popular Sunday market.

In consensus with communities throughout the British Isles and overseas, Herne Hill will mark this unique and significant anniversary with a minute’s silence at 11:00 am at Herne Hill station.

Online Memorial to Herne Hill’s Fallen

Many British towns and villages have a civic war memorial where the names of the men who never returned are inscribed. But there is no civic war memorial in Herne Hill — although there are several church-based and small community memorials. Until recently, in fact, the true scale of our community’s losses in the First World War was not known.

One of the WWI memorial boards in St Paul’s Church. But the number of dead is much higher.(Courtesy of St Paul’s Church)

Accordingly, the Herne Hill Society, in partnership with The Charter School North Dulwich and local volunteers, has been working on a Heritage Lottery-funded project to identify all Herne Hill’s First World War casualties.

Coinciding with the Armistice Centenary, this significant online memorial will be launched on 11 November. The names, with many other details, are being recorded on a major new website. After the public launch, this database will allow searches by street address, name, age of death, place of death, regiment etc.

Volunteers have already unearthed and recorded the lives and deaths of 350 servicemen and civilians who came from or had strong family links to Herne Hill. But new research suggests there may be very many more — the figure may even be as high as 700.

WWI Information Panels

In another token of the Armistice Centenary, and with the kind support of Southeastern Railway who operate Herne Hill station, information panels have been installed in the ticket hall of Herne Hill Station.

WWI Memorial Boards at Herne Hill Station, marking the 100th Anniversary of the Armistice.

There will also be similar panels at The Charter School North Dulwich and the Carnegie Library in Herne Hill Road.

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  1. It’s a shame the boards in the Carnegie library can’t be seen (if they are there) in time for 11th as it’s closed until 29th November while the gym preparation building work continues.

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