First World War centenary programme

2014 marked 100 years since the start of the First World War.

Events and activities will take place nationally from 2014 to 2018 to commemorate this historic event and pay respect to those who lost their lives. 

Broxbourne Borough Council has organised a programme of events and activities aimed at people of all age-groups. This is overseen by the Council’s World War One Commemoration Panel.

 

Borough Commemorations

 

World War One Centenary Event

A replica WW1 tank visited Cedars Park on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 July. Cedars used to host an original WW1 tank. In conjunction with the Friends of Cedars Park, a community event with themed activities for all the family will take place at the same time.
 
 
 

WW1 Commemorative Poppies

Following the display of ceramic Remembrance Poppies made by pupils from Haileybury Turnford School on the Cheshunt Old Pond roundabout in 2016, the project was expanded for 2017. A total of 1,300 poppies were produced in 2017 by pupils at Broxbourne School, Goffs School (pictured right), Haileybury Turnford, the John Warner School, St Mary’s C.of E. High School, Brookland Infants, Brookland Junior, Flamstead End Primary, Forres Primary, Goffs Oak Primary, Roselands Primary and by children attending the Borough’s Kidz Klub playscheme. The poppies were displayed over the Remembrance Day weekend.  2018’s display of Commemorative Poppies will be installed at Cheshunt Old Pond roundabout from Tuesday 6 November. More information is available here
 

Hoddesdon Town Poppy Project Workshop

The Love Hoddesdon team, in conjunction with Broxbourne Council, the Royal British Legion and Hoddesdon Parish Church, are making special efforts this year to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War 1.  Local schools, groups and individuals have been involved in both knitting poppies and making poppies from plastic bottles to help decorate key landmarks in the town in the lead up to the Remembrance Day Parade and Service on Sunday 11 November. The aim is to decorate the town from Friday 2 to Friday 16 November. A press release regarding Love Hoddesdon's work throughout Hoddesdon is available here.
 
 
 

WW1 Commemorative Benches

World War One commemorative benches were installed in December 2017 at Cheshunt Park and Old Highway, and in January 2018 at Goffs Oak, to complement those previously installed at Barclay Park and Cedars Park. 
 

The Stephen Warner Diaries

Lowewood Museum has a collection of diaries written by Stephen Warner, the great grandson of John Warner of Hoddesdon. During the War, Stephen served initially as a Private in the Royal Army Medical Corps, but after a time there he felt that he could not let others bear the brunt of the battle and so became 2nd Lieutenant in the 9th Battalion Essex Regiment where he was served with distinction and was awarded the Military Cross. The diaries which are part of the Museum’s collection provide an insight into an individual’s experience of the First World War. For the first time these diaries will be shared online.
 
An interactive exhibition based around Stephen Warner’s experiences was held at Lowewood Museum from 19 May 2018 to 22 September 2018.
 

WW1 Memorial Services

On Sunday 4 November at 3pm, a memorial service will be held at St James’ Parish Church, Goffs Oak to remember Private William Uglow, the youngest soldier from the Borough to die in combat in World War One. He was just 17 when he was killed on 1 January 1915. The service will include reading, ballet, dance, poetry and song. On Sunday 11 November at 3pm, following the traditional Remembrance Day services, a Borough-wide Memorial Service will be held at Hoddesdon Parish Church to mark the centenary of the Armistice and the end of the Borough’s World War One commemorative programme.

Broxbourne: We Will Remember Them

Lowewood Museum has received £16,140 from the Heritage Lottery Fund for Broxbourne: We Will Remember Them, a project to record, share and commemorate the lives of First World War soldiers from Broxbourne.  Volunteers will be recruited to research stories of those who fought, using the Borough’s war memorials, archives and personal collections.  Local sewing groups will come together to create commemorative embroidered postcards, and a number of community sharing days will take place at the Museum for people to share their own stories of ancestors and friends who fought in the First World War. Through online information, digital records and a touring exhibition, the project will bring local people together to preserve the stories of those who served in the First World War, ensuring their legacy lives on.

 

Broxbourne War Memorials Companion

Biographical details of all the servicemen commemorated on the Borough's war memorials have been compiled into a War Memorials Companion.

 

Admiral Meux commemorative plaque

Sir Hedworth Meux was the Admiral of the Fleet, the highest rank in the Royal Navy, during part of World War One. He lived at Theobalds at what is now the De Vere Hotel.  He also donated Cedars Park to the people of Cheshunt. In July 2017, blue commemorative plaques were installed at Cedars Park and at the Theobalds House
 

Journey’s End

Journey's End is a harrowing insight into the humanity of the First World War based on R.C.Sherriff's own experiences in the trenches. Utterly compelling, this award-winning classic masterfully brings the courage, valour, humour and inescapable tragedy of warfare to the stage.This was performed at the Spotlight on 7 November 2016.
 

Battle of the Somme film

The Somme was one of the bloodiest battles of the First World War, resulting in over one million casualties. The Battle of the Somme film took real life footage and turned it into a main feature with mass appeal. It shows images of the first week of the ‘Big Push’, which took place in July 1916. It was a joint offensive of the British and French armies who hoped to break through the German lines and achieve victory on the Western Front. The film remains one of the most watched in British cinema history.This was shown at The Spotlight on 11 November 2016”
 

War hero honoured

On Monday 12 October 2015, a plaque was officially unveiled by the Deputy Mayor of Broxbourne, Councillor Carol Crump, at Cheshunt Community Hospital, in honour of First World War nurse, Edith Cavell. 
 

Road naming 

The World War One Commemorative Panel asked officers to consider naming new roads in the Borough after soldiers from Broxbourne who died in the First World War. In November 2014, the opportunity arose to name two new roads on land at Halstead Hill, Goffs Oak and Barrow Lane, Cheshunt. The new roads have been named:
  • Lloyd Close
  • Canton Close
In 2016 it was agreed that a road at the Cheshunt School site will be named Markwick Avenue after one of Cheshunt’s war dead.
 

Freedom of Entry

At the Council meeting on 4 November 2014, the following motion was passed:

“The Council resolves to grant Freedom of Entry to the Borough to the Royal Anglian Regiment, the county regiment for Hertfordshire and invites the Regiment to receive this honour in the future. The Freedom of Entry citation should confer on the Regiment the privilege, honour and distinction of marching through the streets of the Borough on all ceremonial occasions with colours flying, bands playing, drums beating and bayonets fixed.”

On Sunday 2 July, the Regiment were presented with the freedom of entry at a ceremony in Hoddesdon and exercised their right to march through the Borough ‘with drums beating, colours flying, and bayonets fixed’, in recognition of its service as the County’s official regiment

 

 

Visit the Imperial War Museum’s First World War Centenary website for details of all events and activities taking place in the Borough of Broxbourne, and across the country.Visit the Herts at War website, a community led project to commemorate the diverse experiences of Hertfordshire during the First World War.