Lenten Reflections On The War Memorial At St Raphael’s Roman Catholic Church


This is a PowerPoint presentation with notes of a talk, based on recent original research, on the memorial to the Great War [1914-1919] dead of the Roman Catholic Parish of St Raphael, Surbiton KT1 2NA https://strapaelsurbiton.org.uk.  It was given, on Sunday 24 March 2024, as part of the Church’s 2024 Lenten project in support of the Catholic Agency For Overseas Development [CAFOD] https://cafod.org.uk/about-us.  Its work in the Ukraine and the Holy Land, suggested a theme including a focus on the civilian victims of war, displaced persons, refugees and economic migrants whose stories can be found behind the list of names on the memorial. The talk features three women, two French and one English, who were civilians, sons of Belgian war refugees, including possible civilian victims, the son of an economic migrant from Italy, volunteers and some enigmas.

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David A. Kennedy, PhD

About 20 years ago, I accompanied my late wife to some talks on the use of computers in historical research and began to help her with her genealogical studies. Later, I took part in a project, organised by the Centre for Local History Studies at Kingston University, to digitise the Enumerators’ Books for the Kingston Census of 1851-1891. This rekindled my interest in history, especially that of Kingston upon Thames, where I live. This website has been set up so that I can share my research findings, some based on digitised material, with others who may be interested in them.

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