In 2018, The Historical Research Group of Sittingbourne - War Memorial project team members, researched, designed and produced the unique Wall of Reflection (6 metres long x 2 metres tall) that displays 1149 names of the World War One fallen from the Sittingbourne and the surrounding parishes. It includes the name of one lady - Alice Post from Teynham, who was a munitions worker who died of TNT poisoning; and our youngest man - Alec Grigg from Milton Regis, who was aged just 14 when he died ion 1915 whilst undergoing training with the army.
The 25 parishes included are:
Bapchild, Bobbing, Borden, Bredgar, Doddington, Frinsted, Hartlip, Iwade, Kingsdown, Lower Halstow, Lynsted, Milton Regis, Milstead, Murston, Newington, Newnham, Norton Buckland and Stone, Rainham, Rodmersham, Sittingbourne, Stockbury, Teynham, Tonge, Tunstall , and Upchurch.
Many of the names researched that have been included on the Wall are not on any local war memorial; they have been included because research showed that they had a local connection, either they were born, lived, schooled, worked or missed locally.
The Wall of Reflection was originally displayed in the atrium of the Forum shopping centre, and was unveiled on 4th November 2018 by Deputy Lieutenant Paul Auston Esq and the Mayor of Swale, Cllr Samuel Koffie-Williams. It remained in the atrium for a period of two weeks, and is now displayed inside the Heritage Hub for posterity.
The photo used is of Julie Ryde, who had come all the way from New Zealand specially to meet with the Heritage Hub for research into Sidney Ride who was a relative of hers.
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