Bushey During the Great War: A Village Remembers

August 2014


Sunday 3 August

Inter-denominational Service to commemorate the outbreak of The Great War at St James’ Parish Church, Bushey.  A peal of bells was rung in memory of Bertram Prewett, a local and nationally renowned bell-ringer, who died in 1918.

Monday 4 August

The Exhibition at The Bushey Academy was officially opened by The Lord Lieutenant of Hertfordshire, The Countess of Verulam, one hundred years after Britain declared war.


The Lord Lieutenant meeting the team at the opening ceremony

visitors book

Signing the Visitors’ Book

The Exhibition featured

50 panels telling the story of men and women from Bushey and Oxhey during The Great War.

A display of work by students of The Bushey Academy and St Margaret’s School for Girls, Bushey.

Comments from the Visitors’ Book

‘Magnificent, totally professional in concept, design and display’

‘A wonderful tribute, thought-provoking and very moving’

‘Excellent research, educational and informative’

Events during the Exhibition

Illustrated talks

A Local Great War Trail

Finding Heaven in Hell: The experience of WW1 chaplains

Remembering those who served

Painting in 1914 – An Artist’s View

The Sinking of the RMS Leinster

WW1 – A Personal Journey of Discovery

Poetry reading from The Great War

Songs from The Great War

tonic choir

Informal excerpts from ‘Oh! What a Lovely War’

Six WW1 Concerts

The Bushey and Oxhey WW1 Plaques


In 2014 a number of householders in Bushey Heath, Bushey and Oxhey were invited to display a temporary plaque like this on their window or front gate to commemorate the ultimate sacrifice made by at least 350 young men from this area.

Details and biographies of those who died and names and addresses of those serving abroad were on show at the exhibition.