Our geographical area of interest is the southern region of the London Borough of Bexley in north west Kent, comprising Sidcup, Blackfen, Foots Cray and North Cray. Our interest in local history extends beyond the boundaries of Sidcup into Kent, London and the surrounding areas. This is reflected in the variety of our meetings.
Last chance to join our Family Poppy Trail! See the important points relating to the Great War in Sidcup. Take your completed trails to Sidcup Library on Saturday 10th November where a small gift can be collected. Trail booklets are available from Sidcup Library from Monday 5th November with some additional booklets being delivered to local schools.
The booklets were produced as part of our HLF-funded Sidcup's Home Front in the Great War project. Thanks to Sidcup Partners and Royal British Legion for the gifts.
Marlborough Thorne was injured in September 1915 and left lying in No Man’s Land. Under heavy fire, his brother Cornelius went out to search for him and recovered his brother’s body. Cornelius was awarded the MC for ‘conspicuous gallantry’. One year later, at the battle of the Somme, he was hit by a sniper. Marlborough is buried at Bécordel-Bécourt. Cornelius has no known grave but his name is on the Thiepval Memorial. Their mother never got over her loss.
Remembrance Day this year is on Sunday 11th November. The Parade through Sidcup High Street begins at 10.30am and assembles at St John’s Church for a 2-minute silence followed by the Ceremony of Remembrance at the War Memorial. Let’s have a big turnout in this most significant year - can the people of Sidcup line the road in large numbers this Remembrance Day?
Children and young people, WE NEED YOU! Wear your club, organisation or school uniform with pride. Let’s all show that Sidcup Will Remember Them.