This site is dedicated to the men of Swanscombe who gave their lives in the service of this country during the first world war.
It neither glorifies nor celebrates war but remembers those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
In time, hopefully, the details & stories of those who served under the colours & made it home will also be added to this site.
Please feel free to visit the guestbook and leave a message.
Thanks for visiting.
So far, we have traced 159 men who were either born in or residents of Swanscombe and who were either killed or died as a result of service during the first world war. All of these men are also commemorated by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
Work continues to identify any more men who deserve to be remembered here.
The names and as much information about these men as is known will soon be published here. There is every possiblity that there are living relatives of these men who may have pictures, letters etc relating to them. If so, please contact us so this information can be added to his entry.
End of 2nd round research.
Today we have completed the initial research for all the men identified from the two local war memorials & those found via the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. There are still some men who do not have any details recorded due to the fact that during the initial research, no hard records could be found relating to either their civilian or military lives so further research is required on them. Additionally, there are names on the Soldiers Died in the Great War records relating to men from or living in Swanscombe which now require checking.
The memorial has now also passed the 6000 visits point so again, thanks to all those who are folloowing or supporting the project & all those who are following via the Twitter account.
Memorial Names Decision.
There are a number of names, particlularly on the St Peter & St Pauls memorial, that research has revealed appear to have no descernable tangible link with Swanscombe - for instance the man was born & resided in Northfleet or Greenhithe. It has been decided that these men will also be included on the online memorial. Whilst there may not be a record showing a link, there must be a reason why their names were accepted for inclusion, which is reason enough to include them here.
A proud partner of the IWM First World War Centenary