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Kitcheners recruits train on the Great Lines Chatham

Brompton History Research Group Lecture series -  The Great Lines in the Great War

20 February 2014 - 20 February 2014

Brompton History Research Group Lecture series - The Great Lines in the Great War 20 February 2014

To mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, our first talk of 2014 covers the impact of the opening months of the Great War on the Great Lines and surrounding area.

For example, this was a key training area. Bell tents and marquees covered the open grassland. And houses and large buildings in the surrounding streets of Chatham, Brompton and Gillingham were taking in recruits to cope with the tremendous mass of people arriving on a daily basis - literally ten’s of thousands of young men departed from the Great Lines to battlefronts all over France and Belgium.

At Chatham Town Hall, large numbers of woman gathered outside as a rumour went through the Towns that three ships with Medway men on board had been sunk. As they anxiously waited, the list of names went up as the news came in of H.M.S.Aboukir, H.M.S.Hogue and H.M.S. Cressy sunk by the submarine U9 on the 22 September 1914. Local history groups are working together to gather Medway memories and memorabilia, particularly what life was like on the home front.

Does your family have such stories? If so, we would like to hear from you.

Pam Wood will give an illustrated talk at 7pm on 20 February 2014 at the Royal Engineers Museum, Gillingham.

This is a joint talk by Brompton History Research Group and Friends of Great Lines Heritage Park. Tickets cost £3. Booking essential. (Those booked then pay at the door). For bookings please call 01634 351834 or email click here

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