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1916: The Year War Came to Hampton Wick

1916: The Year War Came to Hampton Wick
The audience gathers in Bullen Hall

On Wednesday 16th November, the Friends of Hampton Wick Library hosted a very popular evening entitled 1916: The Year that War Came to Hampton Wick.

A drinks reception was held in the Library where people enjoyed a glass of wine while viewing a display of World War I memorabilia including newspaper cuttings from 1916 and photographs of some of the Hampton Wick residents who died in action that year.

The reception was followed by a talk given by Alison Merrington in Bullen Hall. Alison has been researching Hampton Wick during WWI for several years and her findings are catalogued at,

Alison demonstrated how 1916 was the year that the harsh realities of war came home to the people of Hampton Wick in the form of fatalities and casualties and the dawning realisation that battles were becoming stalemates and the war was not going to be won quickly.

Alison’s talk was greatly appreciated by the audience. Comments included:

β€œI thought the talk was really good. The descriptions of how the various 1916 battles unfolded were really interesting and it all tied back to Hampton Wick and to places and houses that are still here today. Fascinating.”

“I enjoyed your talk last night. You pitched it perfectly.”

“I really enjoyed it- you’ve obviously done a lot of digging!”

β€œIt was nice to have a drink and a chat and look at the display of old newspaper cuttings in the Library before the talk started.”

Carol Dukes, from the Friends of Hampton Wick Library noted that “There was standing room only in Bullen Hall showing that people really value these cultural, educational events in our community.”

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