First World War - Kent & Medway

This timeline is compiled by Julia Booth, a Time2Give volunteer at the Kent History & Library Centre, Maidstone. She is using sources in the collections of Kent County Council - Libraries, Registration & Archives.

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Belgian soldiers arrive at St Edith Hall, Kemsing

The Village Hall in Kemsing has been turned into a hospital which is being run by Kent VAD 6.

Conscientious Objector arrested at Friends’ Headquarters in London

Douglas Ralph Bishop is arrested at the Friends’ Home Mission and Extension Committee’s premises, Devonshire Street, London.

Riots in Gravesend town centre

Anti-German feelings following the sinking of the liner RMS Lusitania trigger riots and looting in Gravesend town centre.

Sevenoaks welcomes Belgian Refugees

Sevenoaks residents have been opening up their homes to take in refugees from Belgium.

Daylight Saving introduced

The Government’s Daylight Saving Bill comes into force throughout the country in an effort to save fuel and lighting.

Last sitting of West Kent Appeal Tribunal

Since the first sitting of the West Kent Appeal Tribunal, 6,164 appeals and applications have been dealt with by the Tribunal.

Teachers granted exemption from Military Service

5 Maidstone elementary school teachers are granted exemption from Military Service following an application to Maidstone Borough Local Tribunal.

Dartford Library required for Munition Workers

The Minister of Munitions has decided that the new Dartford Library building will now be required to provide accommodation for munition workers.

Anniversary Service in Maidstone

On the 4th anniversary of the Declaration of War, a special religious service is held in the Old Palace Gardens in Maidstone.

Explosion at Marsh Works Munitions Factory near Faversham

4 women are killed and a number injured after an explosion at the Marsh Works, near Oare, less than a mile from the site of the devastating munitions factory explosion which occurred in April 1916.

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