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First World War soldiers’ stories to be told in new book

PUBLISHED: 10:27 21 September 2015 | UPDATED: 11:07 21 September 2015

The launch of East Wickham and Welling War Memorial Trust's book on the lives of soldiers who served in the First World War. From left: Old Bexley and Sidcup MP James Brokenshire, Bexley Mayor Sybil Camsey and Bexleyheath and Crayford MP David Evennett

The launch of East Wickham and Welling War Memorial Trust's book on the lives of soldiers who served in the First World War. From left: Old Bexley and Sidcup MP James Brokenshire, Bexley Mayor Sybil Camsey and Bexleyheath and Crayford MP David Evennett

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The East Wickham and Welling War Memorial Trust has been researching the lives of soldiers from the East Wickham and Welling area.

The stories of Bexley’s First World War soldiers are to be told in a new book.

The East Wickham and Welling War Memorial Trust has been researching the lives of soldiers from the East Wickham and Welling area - and has now published a book, East Wickham and Welling, Diary of the First World War.

Schoolchildren, libraries and adults with learning disabilities have also had the chance to be involved with the project, which was made possible thanks to Heritage Lottery funding.

The book was launched at a ceremony at the Civic Offices in Bexleyheath on Thursday at which Mark Smith, curator of Firepower: The Royal Artillery Museum and medal expert on the Antiques Roadshow, gave a talk on the history of the Victoria Cross and the lives of some of those to whom it has been awarded. Trust secretary Linda Clayton also presented a slideshow on the project.

As well as the researchers and their families, guests included Bexleyheath and Crayford MP David Evennett, Bexley Mayor Sybil Camsey and Old Bexley and Sidcup MP James Brokenshire.

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