Kent and Medway in the First World War

Online timeline

A timeline of events across the county during the First World War was produced by Time2Give volunteers using the archives at the Kent History and Library Centre.

First World War timeline

First World War collections

The Kent History and Library Centre has a huge number of historical documents relating to the First World War and many important collections.

Our collections include 22 albums of letters sent by the servicemen of Great Chart village in reply to correspondence from The Friends of Great Chart. As well as letters, field cards, postcards and photographs, the albums contain memorabilia such as concert and sports programmes, memorial cards, embroidered cards, Christmas cards, local newspaper cuttings, pressed flowers, bookmarks, and leaflets. There is even a copy of the Baghdad Times!

Anyone who wants to learn more about Kent's role in the First World War can visit the Kent History and Library Centre, access the library catalogue or the archive catalogue.

Local history collections are also available in the main district libraries, including census records, photographs, maps, newspapers, memorabilia and books.

In Their Own Words: Kent Voices of the First World War exhibition

In 2014, the Kent History and Library Centre hosted a major First World War exhibition, 'In Their Own Words: Kent Voices of the First World War', to mark the centenary of the outbreak of war.

Read about our 'In Their Own Words' exhibition (PDF, 1.8 MB)