One hundred years on, the impact of the First World War is still felt throughout society; whether that’s through family connections, local heritage or its long-term impact on the world today.
Visitors can discover more about the thousands of men from Kingston’s local regiment who were fighting on the front line, the remarkable number of fighter aircraft designed and built in the town, the War Market which was set up to raise money for the local regiment and learn about the community spirit kept alive by the men and women of Kingston.
This exhibition, located on Clarence Street, has been compiled by Kingston First, with the aid of many local organisations and individuals who have dedicated their time and research to making the project come alive.
Thanks have been extended to the Kingston History Centre and Kingston Museum for access to research undertaken for their 2014 WWI exhibition, Ken Cowdery and Graeme Hodge of The Royal Borough of Kingston War Memorials Association, David Hassard of Kingston Aviation Centenary Project, All Saints Church and Brian Parsons of FW Paine Funeral Directors for their insightful knowledge in helping to reproduce these stories.
Cllr Liz Green, Leader of Kingston Council, commented: "Kingston is proud of its long association with the military, and we recognise the sacrifices and important contribution our Armed Forces make. Kingston's own regiment made a big military contribution to the First World War and we hope many people take this opportunity to come and discover this exhibition."
Kirsten Henly, Chief Executive of Kingston First, commented: "We're delighted to have worked with a number of partners to highlight Kingston's incredible contribution to World War One. We hope that, by bringing this installation to such a busy space in the town centre, we are able to both share Kingston's extraordinary involvement and recognise the local heroes who are so important to the town's and country's history, whilst also providing people with a thought-provoking and engaging experience."
The exhibition is free for all and located on Clarence Street from Wednesday 24th October until Tuesday 13th November. To discover more about Kingston’s history, visitors can also discover the Kingston History Centre or Kingston Museum.