Soldiers' Stories on our Streets

Medway Council’s Heritage Team has recently been award a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund’s First World War then and now programme to help mark the centenary of the end of the Great War in Medway.

Our project is inspired by the de Caville Index ( The Index was started by Mick de Caville, a local man, who over twenty-five years ago began a quest to record street by street the men of the Medway Towns who had died during the Great War.  The index was completed by the Friends of Medway Archives, and made available online in 2014.

By using the Index, our project aims to help local residents and school pupils find out who volunteered to fight in the Great War from the street that they live in today. 

Our project aims to do the following for:


  • Produce learning packs highlighting soldiers stories from streets near schools
  • Offering introductory sessions with Medway Council’s Museum Education Officer focussing on project background, Medway in First World War, and basic research skills
  • Set of researchable worksheets
  • Opportunity to show-case research with First World War re-enactors


  • Producing a large map or several large maps with the soldiers houses highlighted with information about the project and Index to showcase in public places (see example map tile below of section of the 1909 Chatham Map)


  • Running public research sessions at the Medway Archive Centre with Friends of Medway Archive volunteers for people to find out about soldiers from their houses or family connections;
  • Soldiers on Our Streets window stickers to be sent to every address on the Index to highlight the project, raise awareness of the Index, and hopefully be displayed;
  • Uploading newly researched material to enhance the de Caville Index.

We hope that by taking part in our project, local residents will benefit through:

  • Raised awareness of the de Caville Index and the Medway Archive Centre;
  • Learning basic archive research skills;
  • Learning about Medway in the First World War, and the impact it had on the Medway Towns;
  • Gained an increased sense of place by knowing more about the history of the street or area they live in, and people who lived there.

Events will be organised throughout the autumn.  For more information, please email: [email protected]



Medway Archives Centre
Bryant Road
Kent ME2 3EP

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