WW1 Centenary project

Field of Poppies photo by MirediCentenary of The First World War 1914-1918 / 2014-2018

In 2012 the government announced it would allocate £50 million to fund national commemorations of the centenary of The First World War between 2014 and 2018.

The Imperial War Museum (IWM) received £5 million for redevelopment and a further £5.3 million was allocated to fund visits to the Western Front battlefields by pupils from all English schools.

The Heritage Lottery Fund allocated £15 million to community projects, led by young people, to conserve local heritage associated with the war.

In addition, a grant of up to £1 million will be given from the National Heritage Memorial Fund, to support the preservation of HMS Caroline, the last surviving warship from The First World War fleet, which served at The Battle of Jutland, in 1916.1

Harlow’s WW1 Project Team

In early 2014, Harlow Council established a WW1 Project Team made up of members from The Royal British Legion, Heart 4 Harlow, Harlow Civic Society, The Western Front Association, members of the local community and Harlow Council, to plan and organise events and exhibitions to commemorate key dates of what was hoped would be the ‘war to end all wars’.

The Battle of Passchendaele

2017 marks the centenary of The Battle of Passchendaele. The battle, fought between July and November 1917 has become infamous for the mud and heavy losses. 250,000 British and Commonwealth troops were killed, injured or missing, a quarter of all troops deployed. Five men from Harlow lost their lives at Passchendaele, they were:
  • Lee Lewis (Netteswell war memorial) died 12 August 1917
  • Albert Edward Lincoln (Potter Street war memorial) died 10 September 1917
  • Victor Albert Burton (Old Harlow war memorial) died 25 September 1917
  • Montague Jones Winch (Potter Street war memorial) died 26 September 1917
  • Joseph Culver (Netteswell war memorial) died 9 October 1917

Passchendaele exhibition

The exhibition will travel around the town, visiting a number of locations. The list of venues is below:

Week commencing Venue
24 July 2017 The British Legion - Harlow
31 July 2017 The British Legion - Harlow
7 August 2017 Harlow Town Library
14 August 2017 Harlow Leisurezone
21 August 2017 The Harvey Centre
28 August 2017 The Harvey Centre
4 September 2017 Harlow Town Library
11 September 2017 Science Alive (Leisurezone)
18 September 2017 Staple Tye Library
25 September 2017 Tye Green Library
2 October 2017 Civic Centre
9 October 2017 Leah Manning Centre
16 October 2017 Harlow Museum
23 October 2017 Harlow Museum
30 October 2017 The Harvey Centre (Poppy Appeal)
6 November 2017 The Harvey Centre (Poppy Appeal)
10 November 2017 Formal end to the Battle of Passchendaele​
11 or 12 November 2017 Harlow Playhouse for Festival of Remembrance Service

The Battle of the Somme

On 1 July 2016, The WW1 Project Team hosted a special service in Harlow Market Square, at 7:00am, to mark the exact moment of the centenary of The Battle of the Somme. At the service, the names of the 13 men from Harlow who lost their lives at the battle were read out and a two minutes silence was held. Chair of the WW1 Project Team, Councillor Jean Clark then laid a memorial wreath under the specially designed banner, marking the centenary of the battle.

A special exhibition was held between July and November 2016, commemorating the 13 men from Harlow who died at The Battle of the Somme. The exhibition travelled around the town to various locations, including, The Harvey Centre, Harlow Library, The Leisurezone, Harlow Museum, Tye Green Library, Harlow College and Civic Centre.

Illustrated book

In 2014 research was undertaken to identify the names and last resting place of those who died during the conflict. These have been recorded in a special illustrated book, based on original research by Arthur Graham, and on a war memorials map.


Previous events

  • The Battle of the Somme remembrance - 1 July 2016.
  • Potter St War Memorial - re dedication ceremony - 4 August 2014

  • Community encouraged to knit to remember - 20 August 2014

  • Lest We Forget exhibition at the Gibberd Gallery - 20 September 2014

  • Black History Month - WW1 commemoration - 4 October 2014

  • A November Day at the Harlow Playhouse - 22 October 2014

  • Our Friends, The Enemy - 19 November 2014

  • Guided Walk - Remembrance Walk at the Town Park - 11 November 2014

  • A knit to remember - a display in the Gibberd Gallery of knitted poppies by members of the public - Knitting pattern info sheet (pdf)