Kent Schools during the First World War

This timeline draws on information from entries in some of the Log Books for Kent Education Committee schools. The Log Books are held at the Kent History & Library Centre in Maidstone.

School Log Books were written up by Head Teachers weekly, and sometimes daily, to record attendance figures, occurrences and activities in schools. The Log Books from the First World War era which are held at the Kent History & Library Centre are a valuable source of first-hand information, showing how the war impacted on everyday life in Kent towns and villages during the war years and immediately afterwards. ;xNLx;;xNLx;----------------------------------------------;xNLx;For further details contact:;xNLx;;xNLx;Kent History & Library Centre, James Whatman Way, Maidstone ME14 1LQ;xNLx;;xNLx;;xNLx;;xNLx;[Kent History & Library Centre](

1914-08-05 00:00:00

Declaration of War

Schools around the county re-open after the Bank Holiday and receive news that Britain has declared war on Germany.

1914-08-05 08:00:00

Queenborough School requisitioned

Immediately after the declaration of war, the War Office requisitions Queenborough Council School for the use of the military.

1914-08-05 09:00:00

Maidstone schools requisitioned

St Peter's & St Michael's School and St Luke's School are both commandeered in order to accommodate troops being assembled in the county town.

1914-08-06 09:00:00

Boy Scouts released from school

Boys are released from school after requisition requests for their services are made to Head Teachers by the Chief Constable of Kent.

1914-08-08 09:00:00

Canterbury Schools requisitioned

St Dunstan's School and Broad Street Diocesan School in Canterbury are both commandeered by the military authorities.

1914-08-10 00:00:00

Territorial Army calls up members

At St Peter's and St Michael's School in Maidstone, the teacher of Standard IIB has been ordered to join his Territorial Company.

1914-08-10 09:00:00

Studying the European War in Geography Lessons

At Headcorn School, in Geography lessons, special attention is being given to the countries involved in the European War.

1914-08-10 14:00:00

Gravesend girls making socks and shirts for soldiers

Some of the girls at Cecil Road School are busy making 'war socks,' while others are having lessons in ambulance work, before the school closes for the summer holidays.

1914-08-10 15:00:00

Children at Chilham National School sow extra seeds

With fears that war may cause food shortages, Herbert Pudney, Head Master at Chilham Mixed School, is keen for the children to make full use of the school's garden.

1914-08-20 15:00:00

Stocking up with winter crops at Headcorn School

In preparation for possible shortages, boys at Headcorn School are making sure their garden plots are well stocked with winter vegetables.

1914-09-11 12:00:00

Miletown School, Sheerness, requisitioned

Miletown School, in Sheerness, is taken over by the military authorities at short notice.

1914-10-15 09:00:00

Gravesend teachers on duty at VAD Hospital

One teacher from Cecil Road Girls' School, Gravesend, has started assisting at the New Thames Yacht Club Voluntary Aid Detachment Hospital.

1914-10-21 09:00:00

Lessons about the War on Trafalgar Day

On Trafalgar Day, the Chairman of Gravesend Education Committee speaks to children at Cecil Road School about why Britain entered the War.

1914-10-23 09:00:00

Belgian Refugee children admitted to schools

Kent Education Committee has issued instructions for refugee children to be admitted to schools in the county in the ordinary way.

1914-10-29 09:00:00

Kilndown teachers on Red Cross duty

The two Assistant Teachers at Kilndown Church of England School have both been mobilised for Red Cross duties.

1914-11-02 09:00:00

Teachers wanted by Army

Teachers qualified to give instruction in Physical Drill are being sought by the Army.

1914-11-13 09:00:00

Teachers enlisting in the Army

At St Peter's and St Michael's Boys' School in Maidstone, three teachers are now absent on Military Service.

1914-11-13 09:00:00

Margate children donate garden produce for Belgian Refugees

Boys at New Cross Street School, Margate, bring in donations of vegetables for Belgian refugees.

1914-11-20 09:00:00

Girls at Blue Town School knit for Belgian Refugees

The Girls at Blue Town Council School, Sheerness, have been knitting items of warm clothing for Belgian refugees.

1914-12-21 09:00:00

Cake for Belgian Refugees

Girls at All Souls' School, New Cheriton, bake a cake as a gift for Belgian refugees.

1914-12-22 09:00:00

Headcorn schoolchildren send gifts to 'Old Boys'

Children from Headcorn School have sent a parcel of clothing and other gifts to former pupils who are serving at the Front.

1914-12-23 09:00:00

Weekly lessons about the War

At New Cross Street School in Margate, the children have been given weekly talks about the war.

1915-01-12 09:00:00

Coal stocks run low

At the Hook's School, Snodland, it has become impossible to maintain heating at an adequate temperature.

1915-01-22 09:00:00

Folkestone 'Old Boys' on School Roll of Honour

The Head Master at the North Council School in Folkestone has started to collect the names of 'Old Boys' now serving in the Forces.

1915-01-29 13:30:00

Lighting restrictions in Ramsgate

Lighting restrictions are being strictly enforced in coastal districts. School timetables are adjusted to comply with regulations.

1915-02-25 09:00:00

Soldiers occupy Sevenoaks School

Cobden Road School in Sevenoaks is closed in order to provide accommodation for troops on the march between Aldershot and Folkestone.

1915-03-18 09:00:00

Troops billeted at Kilndown School

Men from the Shropshire Light Infantry are billeted overnight at Kilndown Church of England School.

1915-03-25 14:00:00

Lecture at Folkestone Town Hall on "The Siege of Antwerp"

Elder children from Folkestone schools attend a lecture at the Town Hall on "The Siege of Antwerp" given by Sir Cecil Hertslet, British Consulate General.

1915-04-07 09:00:00

Child Labour on farms

Kent Education Committee has set down conditions under which children may be engaged temporarily in farm labour during the summer months.

1915-04-28 15:00:00

Children make respirators for the Front

A request from the War Office for respirators is taken up at schools in Eastry and Dartford.

1915-05-21 09:00:00

Empire Day in Margate

At New Cross School in Margate, children salute the Flag, sing patriotic songs and are addressed by the Head Master on the significance of Empire Day.

1915-06-02 14:00:00

Funeral in Shorne for child killed in "Princess Irene" explosion

When the minelayer "Princess Irene" exploded in the Medway Estuary on 27th May, one of those killed was Ida Barden, a pupil at Shorne School.

1915-06-04 23:00:00

Gravesend hit by Zeppelin bombs

School attendance is badly affected after a Zeppelin Air Raid in which 8 bombs fall on Gravesend, causing extensive damage to buildings.

1915-06-18 18:30:00

Dartford girls entertain convalescent servicemen

Girls from Dartford National School give an evening performance to wounded soldiers at the Orchard Hospital, on the outskirts of Dartford.

1915-10-04 09:00:00

Lighting Restrictions Enforced

The Kent Education Committee has instructed schools that Lighting Regulations must be strictly adhered to.

1915-10-21 09:00:00

Trafalgar Day in Schools

Schoolchildren are taught about Nelson and the British Navy on the 110th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar.

1915-10-29 09:00:00

Strict Economy in Coal Consumption

With coal supplies being depleted, schools are instructed to economise on fuel consumption.

1915-11-05 09:00:00

Sheerness girls knit for the troops

At Blue Town Council School in Sheerness, the elder girls are knitting items of clothing for soldiers, using wool supplied by the wife of a Colonel.

1915-12-03 09:00:00

Gift of Chocolate from Queenborough children

Children from Queenborough Infants' School send chocolate out to a French girl after hearing about the war from a soldier on leave from Ypres.

1916-02-28 09:00:00

Eggs for the National Egg Collection

Over the past week, children at St Mark's School in Tunbridge Wells have brought in 130 eggs and 5 shillings in cash for the National Egg Collection.

1916-03-06 09:00:00

Lydd School commandeered

Lydd Council School is closed for a week after being commandeered by the military authorities.

1916-05-24 09:00:00

Empire Day at Queenborough School

The Mayor of Queenborough, Captain Edward Woodriff Jaffray, addresses the children at Queenborough School on Empire Day.

1916-06-12 09:00:00

Whitsun holiday postponed

In a drive to increase the production of munitions, the Government has ordered the postponement of Whitsun Bank Holiday in areas where munitions are being produced.

1916-06-16 09:00:00

Air Raid shelter opened underneath playground at the Pier School, Dover

Workmen have opened up a tunnel underneath the Pier Infants' School in Dover, to be used as an shelter should an air raid occur during school hours.

1916-06-23 13:00:00

Children in Greenhithe needed for fruit picking

Greenhithe School closes for 3 weeks in order to allow children to help pick fruit on local farms.

1916-06-27 09:00:00

War Savings Association set up at St Mark's School in Tunbridge Wells

An anonymous donor has provided money for a War Savings Book for each child at St Mark's School, Tunbridge Wells.

1916-07-06 09:00:00

Queenborough children learn about the Battle of Jutland

Captain E W Jaffray, Mayor of Queenborough, visits Queenborough School to address all the children on the subject of the recent Battle of Jutland.

1916-08-07 09:00:00

Bank Holiday suspended

The Kent Education Committee has directed schools to open on Bank Holiday Monday in response to the Government's appeal.

1916-09-25 09:00:00

Portrait of Jack Cornwell presented to every school in Tunbridge Wells

The Mayor of Tunbridge Wells, C W Emson, has presented each school in the Borough with a framed portrait of John Travers Cornwell.

1916-10-13 09:00:00

Xmas Pudding ingredients for VAD Hospital

Girls from Cecil Road School, Gravesend, donate Xmas Pudding ingredients to the Rosherville VAD Hospital.

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