James Brokenshire took part in the Lamorbey and Sidcup Local History Society presentation at Sidcup Library as part of the Bexley Book Buzz.
This is the third year that Bexley has hosted a Book Buzz Literary Festival, a two-week programme packed full of events and activities for all.
The presentation explored the history of Sidcup during World War One, including the local communities’ efforts and the reliance on Queen Mary’s Hospital, Sidcup. The Hospital was devoted to pioneering reconstructive facial surgery of wounded soldiers under the ground-breaking leadership of Sir Harold Gillies, the man widely recognised as the father of modern plastic surgery.
You can read about the history of Sidcup during The Great War, including the daily life for local residents and the opening of the Queen's Hospital in 1917 via the below 'Sidcup's Home Front in the Great War' booklet which has a foreword from James Brokenshire.
Commenting, James said:
“It is fitting and appropriate that we should mark the important role Sidcup played during the First World War, including the pioneering work undertaken at Queen’s Hospital and the impact that the horrors of the battlefield had on this community”
“Bexley Book Buzz provided an opportunity for us to remember this history, as well as celebrating the many current literary, arts and cultural links to Sidcup and the borough more widely.”