First World War


The Museum of Croydon’s centenary commemorations: First World War hospitals and Wallacefield

Posted on July 11th, by Emily Lansell in History. No Comments

How Croydon’s volunteers did their bit for the borough’s war effort

Within the collections at the Museum of Croydon there is a wonderful set of postcards depicting hospitals set up for injured soldiers and sailors in the First World War.

The postcards show the six borough schools which were designated as hospitals during the war, which included Davidson, Ecclesbourne, Ingram and Stanford Road schools, as well … Read More »



Croydon and chemical warfare in the First World War

Posted on May 16th, by Samuel Ali in History. No Comments

How the most brutal of weapons touched the lives of Croydon men

The Croydon roll of honour from the First World War identifies thirty-five cases of gas poisoning amongst Croydon men, with twenty-two direct fatalities, as a result of the gas warfare that was waged by the European belligerents and, later, the United States. Gas, used as a large-scale weapon for the first time, killed considerably less … Read More »



In the hills of Palestine: echoes from the First World War

Posted on April 19th, by Samuel Ali in History. No Comments

One hundred years on, battles from Croydon’s past overshadow Palestine’s future

Having captured Gaza, Beersheba and Jerusalem in 1917, by the spring of 1918 British forces fighting in the First World War Sinai & Palestine campaign had occupied southern Palestine and were ready to push up towards the Ottoman provinces of Syria, Lebanon and, also, into what is present-day Jordan. Amongst the West Indians, Indians, Jews, Arabs, … Read More »



Croydon’s wartime Canadian links: the Halifax explosion, December 1917

Posted on January 10th, by Sean Creighton in History. No Comments

Finding out about Croydon’s First World War connections to the Canadian army

On 6th December 1917, a massive explosion in the harbour at Halifax, Nova Scotia, devastated the town, killed nearly 2,000 people and injured nearly 9,000 more. Whether former Croydonians were among them is not known, because so many of those killed could not be identified.

Despite the support of the Canadians for Britain on … Read More »



Croydon and WWI’s Sinai & Palestine Campaign

Posted on December 6th, by Samuel Ali in History. No Comments

A century on from events in the Levant that changed the world, we should remember the role played by Croydonians

Alan Tegetmeier, London Regiment, worked as a secretary before the war. He was killed on 8th December 1917, outside Jerusalem. He was 26 years-old. Photo owned by Museum of Croydon, used with permission.

Frederick Warren of Thornton Heath fell fighting in the hills outside Jerusalem on 21st December 1917. Before … Read More »



Heritage Lottery Fund grant unveils secrets of Croydon’s wartime history

Posted on September 25th, by Ian Walker in Culture. 1 Comment

The wartime exploits of Croydon-London airport led to the birth of the aviation industry

Just over one hundred years ago, an airfield was built on the edge of Croydon to defend against German Zeppelin raids during World War One. The Historic Croydon Airport Trust (HCAT) has received a £9200 National Lottery grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to explore that ‘war in the air’ … Read More »



Looking back on wartime Croydon in 1917

Posted on January 25th, by Sean Creighton in History. No Comments

How did the First World War impact on daily life in Croydon?

We are now into the third full year of the remembrance of the Great War. Croydon’s estimated population in June 1917 was 186,917, an increase from 169,551 since 1911. Whatever the difficulties experienced during wartime, the council continued its work as is shown in the Annual Report of the Medical Officer of Health for 1917. … Read More »



Croydon joins the City of London Livery Education Link

Posted on November 2nd, by Rufus Jones in Culture. 1 Comment

Rufus Jones on representing his Croydon school in a London-wide art project to commemorate the First World War

At the school office, I was greeted by a very enthusiastic looking teacher. I was rather nervous at the time due to being summoned to reception for a reason unbeknownst to me. I sat down next to a few familiar faces as the teacher walked in. His first words … Read More »



Remembering 1916, and grandad: life on the western front

Posted on April 8th, by Robert Ward in History. 5 comments

Robert Ward felt something down the generations when he visited the ‘Remembering 1916′ exhibition

I hadn’t thought of grandad for a while. What brought him back to my thoughts was a visit to the ‘Remembering 1916 – Life on the Western Front‘ exhibition at the Whitgift Exhibition Centre.

Grandad died when I was four years old, more than sixty years ago. He was just past … Read More »



A Croydonian on the Western Front

Posted on October 9th, by Papa Delta in History. 3 comments

The story of a Croydonian’s experiences in the ‘war to end all wars’, told by his grandson

My grandfather, Leonard Fuller, was born in Croydon in 1896. He lived at 109 Queens Road, until the family emigrated in 1910 to Winnipeg. On 30th August 1915, at the age of 19, he volunteered to join the Canadian Expeditionary Force in Winnipeg. He was recruited as a … Read More »