London Borough of Croydon

100 years ago the First World War ended, and a new world began. The example and experience of those who lived through it shaped the world we live in today. 

Remembrance weekend events

Friday 9 November  Friday 9 November - Clocktower Late

7pm Live music in the Clocktower Café

7:15pm Screening of the Battle of Ancre and advance of the tanks in the David Lean Cinema (Please note that there are limited seats available, free tickets must be booked online in advance).

7:30pm Poetry readings and display of First World War dolls in the children’s library

8pm Participate in our sound installation commemorating those listed on the Croydon Roll of Honour by recording the name of a soldier who died in The Great War.

Saturday 10 November  Saturday 10 November - Somme Seminar

2pm Seminar on the Battle of the Somme by Nick Dobson. Central Library Katharine St, Croydon CR9 1ET

Sunday 11 November  Sunday 11 November - Remembrance service

10.55am – 12 noon The Service of Remembrance, Croydon Minster, Church Street, CR0 1RN

12.20pm – The Remembrance parade leaves North End outside Marks and Spencer and proceeds down North End towards Katharine Street

12.30pm - Wreath-laying at the War Memorial, Katharine Street, Croydon Town Hall

Remembrance weekend programme

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Other events

Friday 16 October 10.30am – 11.30am

A talk on the Kenley Tribute by Charlotte Islin. Coulsdon library, Brighton Rd, Coulsdon CR5 2N

Friday 26 October 10.30am – 11.30am

A talk about the 1940 raid on RAF Kenley by Colonel John Power. Coulsdon library, Brighton Rd, Coulsdon CR5 2NH

Saturday 3 November 11am – 12 noon

Seminar: The final hundred days of the First World by Nick Dobson. Norbury Library, 1 Beatrice Ave, London SW16 4UW

Tuesday 6 November 2.15pm-3.15pm

Seminar: Cane Hill Hospital during the First World War by Pam Buttery. Shirley Library, 326 Wickham Rd, Croydon CR0 8BH

Thursday 22 November - Friday 23 November.

RAF Kenley Revival Project presents: The role of Kenly Airfield. Central library, Katharine St, Croydon CR9 1ET

Monday 26 November 11am – 12 noon

Seminar: The final hundred days of the First World by Nick Dobson. Ashburton Library, 42 Shirley Rd, Croydon CR0 7ER

Remembering the people of Croydon

Ralph Vignalé

Ralph Vignalé

Ralph Vignalé
Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment.

In July 1915, Ralph volunteered to join the Army, joining the Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment. In early 1916, his younger brother, Otho, signed up for the Royal Artillery. Both men survived the war, The records show that Ralph was sent to fight on the Western Front in 1917 after he re-enlisted with the British West Indies Regiment. Otho was not deployed abroad but moved to the Army Medical Corps near the end of the War.

Councillor Percival George Allen Cosedge

Councillor Percival George Allen Cosedge

Councillor Percival George Allen Cosedge
East Surrey Regiment.

Percival George Allen Cosedge, was the first Croydon councillor to die in service during the First World War. He was a member of the Croydon National reserve and enlisted as a volunteer in the East Surrey regiment at the rank of private.

Frank Grant

Frank Grant

Frank Grant
Formed the Surrey Flying Services

Frank formed the Surrey Flying Services at Croydon Airport which became a limited company in 1931. He moved to Purley in the 1920s where he met and married his wife Kathleen.

William Frederick Horne

William Frederick Horne

William Frederick Horne
Seaman gunner on HMS Doon.

He served as a seaman gunner during the First World War and was mobilised to ships including the HMS Doon in 1914 which was a torpedo load destroyer. In 1911, William served on the Medina which escorted George V and Queen Mary on their Royal tour to India

Dr Macormack Charles Farrell Easmon

Dr Macormack Charles Farrell Easmo

Dr Macormack Charles Farrell Easmon
Only black African officer.

Dr Macormack Charles Farrell Easmon is thought to be the only black African to have served as an officer in the British Army during the First World War.

Flora Sandes

Flora Sandes

Flora Sandes
St John Ambulance

Born into an upper middle class family from Croydon, She joined a St John Ambulance unit who went to Serbia in 1914. Flora was awarded Serbia's highest military honour, the Star of Karageorge, during the war for her bravery in a hand to hand and grenade battle.

Leslie Frank Stuttle

Leslie Frank Stuttle

Leslie Frank Stuttle
Member of the Queen's Westminster Rifles

A resident of Norbury, Frank joined the Queen's Westminster Rifles of the London Regiment. He died in 1917 fighting in the Sinai and Palestine Campaign against the Ottoman empire, aged 21.

Croydon's War Hospitals

Croydon's War Hospitals

Croydon's War Hospitals
Six schools within the borough became hospitals.

Six schools within the borough became hospitals. Davidson Road, Ecclesbourne Road, Ingram Road and Stanford Road schools as well as the two schools in the Crescent.

Remembrance weekend programme

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