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The Historical Research Group of Sittingbourne commemorate the First World War

Exciting news for the Historical Research Group of Sittingbourne (HRGS) who have recently moved into The Heritage Hub at The Forum in Sittingbourne.HRGS touch screen 4

The Group were successful in an application to HLF’s ‘Then & Now‘ fund to create a digital Roll of Honour display of local men who fought in the First World War.  The hi-tech touch screen (from InfoAktiv) containing hundreds of records and images, is now on display at The Heritage Hub, as well as a life-size replica of a First World War trench, created by students at the University for the Creative Arts.


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Read more about the work of the HRGS and their First World War research on their website.



BBC coverage for Sittingbourne Victoria Cross recipient

Col Donald Dean VC - SittingbourneOn 9th November, the Sittingbourne community remembered Col Donald Dean VC.  Col Dean was awarded the Victoria Cross in 1918 for bravery and devotion to duty near Lens in France, and was invested with his Victoria Cross at Buckingham Palace by King George VI in February 1919. He also fought in World War Two and died in Sittingbourne in 1985 at the age of 88.  Continue reading the main BBC story

Col Dean was honoured with a commemorative paving stone which was placed in the Sittingbourne War Memorial area, and a dedication service which took place at 2.30pm on November 9, 2014 as part of Remembrance Sunday commemorations in Sittingbourne Town Centre. Read more on the Swale Borough Council website.