New WW1 Publication Herne’s Heroes Remembering the Fallen on Herne’s War Memorial 1914 -1918
Written and compiled by Sylvia McKean
Herne’s Heroes which costs £12.50, will be launched on Remembrance Sunday November 12th 2017 12.00 noon – 4.00 pm at Herne Community Hall School Lane Herne There will be pop-up WW1 display. Free entry.
On Herne’s WW1 War Memorial there are names of sixty-six men who died between 1914 – 1918. No rank or regiments are given. The book includes their Herne connections, their family background and identifies their regiment, rank and places them in the theatre of war in which they died.
Some facts & Figures about the men are;
There are 7 sets of brothers. The youngest to join the Services was aged 15 years. The youngest to die was “not quite seventeen.” We are proud to have a Victoria Cross recipient amongst them, as well as 2 Military Crosses, a Distinguished Service Medal and 2 Military Medal awards. 7 of the men served in the Royal Navy.
Two in particular are; John Burge grandson of Herne Bay’s founding father George Burge and; Edgar Simmons whose sister Victoria Lidiard was UK’s last surviving suffragette. The extraordinary story of a Missionary and Military Chaplain adds an extra dimension. The family histories of local Herne families are covered in some detail.
Herne parish boundary once included developed parts of eastern Herne Bay where people owned second homes and eventually retired to the town. Some sent their sons to Herne Bay College – a private school situated in Canterbury Road, Eddington. The sons of these families whose names are on Herne’s Memorial put a unique slant on the Memorial in respect of the diversity of family occupations which include for example; Bankers, Stockbrokers, Art & Antiques Dealers and Tea Importers.
As well as Herne parish, the men have connections with other areas of Kent including; Tunbridge Wells, Ashford, Faversham, Whitstable, Canterbury, Strood, Birchington and Margate. Places outside Kent include areas around London and the counties of Sussex, Hampshire and Hertfordshire. Worldwide the soldiers stories cover Ceylon, China, Australia, South Africa, Argentina and Canada.
My research, which began in 2005, has taken me on a long and intriguing journey with the discovery of some intriguing and moving stories with unexpected twists and turns. I hope the book will honour their memory and will be, in the words of Lord Harris who unveiled the memorial in June 1920, “something that will last long after we have gone, that will show what we thought of them in this day.”
The book is fully indexed with detailed references and sources, illustrated with original images. Published October 2017; 170pp.
Further Information from; Sylvia Mckean 01227 281257 H&BLHG October 2017