Rt Hon David Evennett MP was a VIP guest on Thursday evening 17th September at the East Wickham and Welling War Memorial Trust project completion celebration and book launch at the Civic Offices, Bexleyheath.
The Trust had secured heritage lottery funding to research the lives of First World War soldiers from the East Wickham & Welling area and the results have now been published in a book – “East Wickham and Welling, Diary of the First World War”.
The evening was well-attended with the Mayor of Bexley, Councillor Sybil Camsey, Security Minister, Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP and research volunteers and their families.
The Mayors Chaplin, Rev (Major) Andrew White CF, using an original First World War bugle played The Last Post and Reveille. Then everyone was piped into the Council Chamber by Pipe Major Gerry Pigott.
In the chamber everyone watched an excellent slide presentation by Linda Clayton, the Trust’s Secretary, showcasing the project’s development and its work with school children, community libraries, & adults with learning disabilities.
This was followed by a fascinating talk by Mark Smith, the curator of the ‘Firepower’ museum and medal expert on the Antiques Roadshow, about the history of the Victoria Cross and the lives of some of those who have won it.
Trust Chairman, Nigel Betts, made a special presentation in recognition of their hard work in writing the book to Linda Clayton and Kelly Morgan and its designer and producer Richard Crowe.
In his vote of thanks, Mr Evennett praised the work of the Trust and all of the Volunteers for their dedication to the project and the hard work of all concerned.
The evening ended with a reception and a buffet.