Kingston Remembers: Hundred years after World War I


There will be four remembrance services taking place across Kingston on Sunday 11 November.

  • New Malden: Service at the War Memorial will begin at 9.30am. After the service the Mayor will be escorted back to the Guildhall in Kingston to attend Kingston Services and watch the March Past.
  • Kingston: The service will begin with a procession from the Guildhall at 10.37am to the War Memorial by 10.45am for the Laying of Wreaths and a service. At 11.15am all attendees will be asked to move around to the East Surrey Gates in the Market Place where a short Rededication Ceremony will take place. Afterwards the Mayoral Party will return to the Guildhall where the Remembrance Day Commemorations will be concluded with a March Past outside the Guildhall.
  • Surbiton: The service will take place at the War Memorial on the Ewell Road at 10.45am and finish at approximately 11.30am.
  • Chessington: The service will take place at the War Memorial at the Royal British Legion HQ, Church Fields, Church Lane, at 10.45am followed by a Service at 11.15am at the Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin, Church Lane.      

There will be a number of services across Kingston on 11 November as well as events in the museums and libraries, being run by our cultural heritage service. 

There will be also an unveiling of five tommy sculptures around the borough to commemorate the historical event. 

  • Remembrance Day Services - Sunday, 11 November 2018
  • Friends' Talk: Kingston and The Great War
  • Talk by Graeme Hodge a local historian. “Lest We Forget: New Malden and Old Malden in the Great War 1914-1918”
  • “Men of Letters” talk by author Duncan Barrett about the Post Office Heroes who fought The Great War
  • Talk by Nick Dobson which looks at the amazing victories which accelerated the end of The Great War. “1918: 100 days to end the lousy war”
  • Kingston library discussion around our highlighted book for the month “All Quiet on the Western Front”
  • “Wartime Poems”: Come along to Kingston Library and enjoy reading poems by Wilfred Owen, Siegfried Sassoon, Rupert Brooke, Robert Graves and others
  • WW1 Remembrance Concert: Friday 9th November at 7pm at St. Matthew's Church, Surbiton
  • Researching your First World War Military Ancestors 

The centenary of the First World War

The world over, communities have been marking the centenary of The Great War (World War One). The commerations started in 2014 and conclude on 11 November 2018, the 100th anniversary of the Armistice that brought the bloody conflict to an end.

The British Government has announced a series of commemorations leading up to this event:

Announcing the events, Culture Secretary Karen Bradley said:

“As we enter the final year of our commemorations, remembering the bravery of those who fought, lived and died in the First World War. We will continue to honour all those who served, died and were affected by the war both at home and overseas.

“On the centenary of the Armistice we will give thanks for peace and for those that returned, and remember the sacrifice of the 800,000 soldiers who died. This is the best tribute we can make.”