Remembering Herne Hill 1914-18 is a volunteer-run project that has mapped the addresses and researched the stories of hundreds of local men killed in the First World War. There was no civic war memorial in Herne Hill – although there are several church-based and small community memorials. Until recently, the true scale of our community’s loss in the First World War was not known. Then we were awarded £5,200 from the Heritage Lottery Fund, thanks to money raised by National Lottery players.
We are still identifying and researching Herne Hill’s war casualties and are investigating the stories of other residents who lived through the war, including those of German origin.
At the time of writing, the website has the details of 555 fatalities. See http://memorial.hernehillsociety.org.uk
The culmination of the project was the commissioning of a new hand-carved war memorial by Mark Brooks, unveiled at Herne Hill station on 10 November 2019. You can read about it on this blog.