Celebrating Westgate Hall's WW1 history and community — what is your family's story? Help us remember!

The Westgate Community Trust is taking the opportunity of the World War One commemorations to celebrate the role of  Westgate Hall, Canterbury’s drill hall, and the life of our community at the time.

autographbook082 ©Canterbury Museums and Galleries

As part of this, we would love to hear from you and capture your family’s WW1 stories before they are lost.  Even though a century has passed, the faces of these young men who fought feel familiar, as do those of the mothers, daughters, wives, sisters and fiancées who supported them from home.  Help us keep this world alive.

Who were the Canterbury Men named on the WW1 memorial in the Buttermarket? Or on the roll of honour at the Cricket Club?  Or in the Cathedral?  Or on hidden plaques and simple stones, many names disappearing, worn away by the elements?  None should be forgotten.

With the agreement of those contributing their memories, we want to develop materials and information, including memory boards, which can be permanently available at the Hall itself, on the Trust’s website and held in the local museums.  Memory boards will be part of our weekend-long WW1 event over Remembrance Sunday weekend, Saturday, 7 November and Sunday, 8 November. (Information about this is coming soon.)

We are very much looking forward to hearing from you and meeting you.

Please email us at info@westgatehall.org  or telephone us at 01227 634886 and leave a message how we can reach you.  Or join us at the Hall on Saturday, 24 October, from 11AM to 4PM, when we will welcome you with a cup of tea and a conversation.

1914 Soldiers marching to the front
Westgate Hall