Published: 00:01, 10 August 2014 |
Swanley war memorial includes the name of Joseph Gedge, who was 36 when he and 150 other men lost their lives on August 6, 1914 – just two days after war was declared.
Their ship, the HMS Amphion, struck mines in the Thames Estuary.
Sevenoaks council restored the memorial and held a rededication ceremony on Sunday which included a parade leaving Swanley town centre.
The memorial features a bronze sculpture designed by LF Roslyn, who designed many war memorials, with a plaque listing Fleet Paymaster Gedge’s name alongside other fallen men. Gedge was the first officer to be killed in the war.
There are 29 British Army regiments represented together with the Royal Navy, the Royal Flying Corps and also the Australian and Canadian Army.
The restoration work, which took three weeks, was done earlier this year with six men helping to bring the memorial back to its former glory.
It included cleaning the Portland stone and carrying out minor repairs as well as re-coating the bronze statue along with the plaque, which was also corrected as a name was misspelt.
The memorial was unveiled in 1922 at a cost of £970 by Paymaster Gedge’s mother Mary.
She was possibly given this honour due to her losing not only Joseph, but also his two brothers, Peter and Basil, through serving in the war. To honour Gedge’s service to the Royal Navy the Gedge Medal was introduced.
It is still awarded annually to the officer who has passed the examination from the rank of lieutenant at the first attempt and who obtained the highest aggregate of the total marks during the year.
Every morning at 10am we play you an hour of tunes from the 90s. We call it, #WeLoveThe90s.
Play 'Say It' with Garry and Laura on kmfm Breakfast and you could win £1,000!
Wake up to kmfm Breakfast with Garry and Laura - it's Kent's alarm call.
Your No1 guide to getting married in Kent. From dresses to discos and venues to veils, we've got everything you could possibly need for your big day
Education, Training & Childcare is a special supplement published by KM Media Group four times a year. Click here for latest e-edition.
A guide for your future. For year 11 students in Kent and Medway. Click here for the e-edition.
Get the latest food and drink news, recipes from some of the nation's top chefs plus updates from Kent's vineyards and breweries.
Search in your local area to find your perfect partner in Kent, with FreshStart Dating!
PLUS, register for free!.
Read our pick of the best holiday destinations. Whether its a weekend break, or something a little bit longer, we have reviewed a wide range of holidays.