War Memorials, once a focal point for family,  friends and the general public to commemorate those listed, are now, in the present day, a focal point for the odd commemoration during the year.  The memorial, over time has lost its primary value as memories fade and those listed fade from memory.  The lists of names, each a tragic reminder to the family and community concerned, are no longer remembered as individuals.

 
The History Society at St John's Catholic School, Gravesend, is commemorating World War One in a variety of ways, in particular through a study of the Great War Memorials in the Gravesham Borough.  The students study each name individually, creating a biography using different applicable resources and adding photographs and images to include the relevant headstone or name listed on a memorial.  The biographies so created are compiled into A4 sized books with funding from Gravesham Council and the National Lottery, the study will extend to include all memorials in the borough and the publishing of a six volume set. The project will extend into 2018.
 
The first memorial under review is the main memorial on Windmill Hill.  This memorial, in Clarence Place, has 565 names; behind each name is a person who gave his life; a family who lost a loved one's  husband, father, brother or uncle. 
Each has a story to tell and this is what the History Society at St John's has been striving to do.

 

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