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Learn about life during the First World War

A free Bridge Wardens’ Lecture will help listeners to find out more the experience of life during the First World War.

Rochester Bridge Trust Assistant Warden Dr Anne Logan will introduce the subject of Rochester, Strood and Borstal in the First World War. Her talk will be based on a recent research project run by the University of Kent and local volunteers, funded by Gateways to the First World War.

Anne explained: “This project used the Books of Remembrance, Cenotaphs and memorial boards of Rochester and Borstal as a gateway to explore the experience of life in the area during the First World War.

“It’s been very interesting to research and I look forward to sharing some vignettes which are not only fascinating within themselves but also shed light on the economy and society of the area at the time.”

Among the lives shared during this talk, the audience will hear about Thomas Alfred Packman, a war hero whose mother was a supporter of the militant suffragette group the Women’s Social and Political Union; and Claude William Phillips, a fruiterer who died at Passchendaele, leaving a wife and child.

The free Bridge Wardens’ Lecture will take place on Thursday, 9th November, in Rochester Guildhall. Refreshments will be available from 6.30pm, with the lecture starting promptly at 7pm.

To book contact Sue O’Reilly at or call her on 01892 513033.

Find out more about the research project at

Due to unforeseen circumstances this lecture has had to be postponed. We will let you know a new date in due course.

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