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675397.  Wed Feb 24, 2010 7:07 pm Reply with quote

The Sidney Morning Herold July 15, 1929

675412.  Wed Feb 24, 2010 7:38 pm Reply with quote

Welcome Lori.o and thanks for the interesting contribution :-)

675648.  Thu Feb 25, 2010 7:46 am Reply with quote

Thanks you Jenny. This incident seems to be almost forgotten in the very community where it happened. It would be a shame to allow that to happen.

675701.  Thu Feb 25, 2010 9:53 am Reply with quote

Goodness! I didn't realise it had been well over a year since I posted that information.

Thank you Lori for providing further information on this tragic event. Indeed, it is a shame that it has largely been forgotten in the very community that it occurred in, particularly so for yourself, since it involved a family member.

Welcome to the QI forum also!

730142.  Tue Jul 27, 2010 8:40 am Reply with quote

I have created a web site where all the information I have gathered regrading this tragedy may be viewed:

Please see the homepage for details of a petition we currently have asking that the graves of these people be fixed up and a memorial placed in their memory. Currently we have had 448 signatures.

Also you can view the Kent On Sunday newspaper for a full page article on this tragedy published July 11 2010 - page 24

733137.  Thu Aug 12, 2010 6:46 am Reply with quote

New newspaper article released by a Canadian newspaper:

Canadian leads effort to remember U.K. fire victims

Read more:

Ion Zone
752160.  Fri Oct 15, 2010 2:53 pm Reply with quote

If it wasn't completely and utterly tasteless I'd mention a certain American hostage-rescue attempt recently....

It would be nice if they stopped killing our citizens.

755505.  Wed Oct 27, 2010 8:44 am Reply with quote

I visited the Woodlands Cemetery earlier this month and am very pleased to report that Medway Council has begun restoration of these graves. I also received an e-mail from the council and they continue to work towards a memorial in the park where this happened. I was able to do 2 interviews with BBC, one live on their morning radio show and a longer interview recorded by the graves which aired later on that day. We also had 2 newspapers which covered this trip to the cemetery. Photos of the before and now shots of the graves as well as photos taken in the Woodlands Cemetery may be seen at this link:

Thanks for everyones support, together we are making a difference.

758188.  Sat Nov 06, 2010 10:15 am Reply with quote

Medway Councils statement on the repair of the graves - Published in the Medway Messenger.


Cllr Rodney Chambers Leader of the Medway Council said: "The Gillingham Park fire was such a significant and awful event, and claimed the lives of so many people, that we felt it was right to repair these graves.

The council is not able to look after the upkeep of all the graves in Medway as it cannot afford to. This is the responsibility of relatives.

However, as we did with the graves of the marine cadets on the 50th anniversary of that tragedy in 2002, we have repaired the graves of those from the Gillingham fire disaster as a mark of respect for all the victims, which included many young people.

We have had the graves refurbished, which means that any chippings in the stone work were removed, slabs were taken out and replaced, kerbs and corner posts were properly set and the graves correctly leveled.

The stonework was also professionally cleaned and polished and brought back to a good condition.

In addition to this, the vases and other memorials placed on the graves were treated in the same way.

The graves now look neat and tidy and they should remain in good condition for many years to come."

758206.  Sat Nov 06, 2010 1:18 pm Reply with quote

I don't often say this, but well done Medway Council!

Incidentally, the marine cadets incident referred to. This happened in December 1951 when a group of Royal Marines cadets were marching to the Chatham dockyard to attend a boxing competition. It was about 6.00 and hence dark, and it was also foggy - and the group of cadets was hit by a bus. 24 of the 52 cadets marching died; a memorial service is still held every year at Gillingham Cemetery.

758585.  Sun Nov 07, 2010 9:34 pm Reply with quote

The above link to see the new photos of the graves isn't working, this link should:

The last photos in the album were taken yesterday and show the masonry pieces cleaned and placed back on the graves. And I agree Suze, well done Medway Council!!

792708.  Wed Mar 02, 2011 10:14 pm Reply with quote

Medway council is erecting a memorial in the Gillingham Park to mark this event, lost lives and the spot in the park where this tragedy took place. The official opening of this memorial is scheduled for Sunday July 10 2011. Times and schedule will be announced at a later time.

821374.  Fri Jun 03, 2011 3:29 pm Reply with quote

On behalf of the Medway Council and myself, we are pleased to announce the official opening of the new Gilllingham Park Tragedy Memorial. The unveiling ceremony will take place on Sunday July the 10th at 11:30 am sharp at the Park Avenue entrance of the Gillingham Park. The Mayor of Medway, Cllr Ted Baker will give an address and will officially unveil the new memorial. Scheduled exhibitions include local historian Philip MacDougal presenting "Gillingham at work, rest and play in 1929", The Fire Service Preservation Group, The Kent Family History Society Medway. The Kent Fire and Rescue Service will be in the opening parade as well as have a fire engine on display in the park.

We are hoping to see as many out as possible for this day which is promising to be an event to remember. My plane tickets are booked!!

821384.  Fri Jun 03, 2011 4:28 pm Reply with quote

Lori, I'll probably go to that. Thanks for posting.

825824.  Tue Jun 21, 2011 10:31 pm Reply with quote

suze, stop by and say hello if you make it! I'll be speaking at the unveiling, so you'll know who I am...the very nervous one!! ByGone Kent has featured this tragedy in this months magazine. They did a great job on it!


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