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Free talk puts the spotlight on life during the First World War

Find out more about real life in the Medway Towns during the First World War during a free talk.

Presented as one of the regular free Bridge Wardens’ Lectures held by the Rochester Bridge Trust, 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. The research was funded by Gateways to the First World War.

Assistant Warden to the Rochester Bridge Trust, Dr Logan explained: “Using the Books of Remembrance, Cenotaphs and memorial boards of Rochester and Borstal, the research explored the experience of life in the area during the 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.”

The talk will share details from lives caught up in the war, including that of Thomas Alfred Packman, a war hero whose mother was a supporter of the women’s suffrage movement; 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, 15th November. Refreshments will be offered from 6.30pm, with the lecture starting promptly at 7pm.

This event will take place in St Andrew’s House at Rochester Cathedral, which the Trust recently refurbished to house its workforce.

While the talk is free, places must be booked; contact Sue O’Reilly at or call her on 01892 513033.

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