The Rose Theatre will commemorate the war’s centenary with an audio-visual exhibition called Galsworthy and Human Battles on the Home Front.
It will showcase the campaign by Nobel Prize-winning Edwardian author John Galsworthy, who lived in Kingston, for better conditions for injured servicemen.
From Lord Kitchener’s recruitment drive, to a family stranded on holiday and a lonely prisoner of war, the stories of Kingston’s involvement in the conflict will also come to the fore.
They include stories uncovered in the Surrey Comet archives by researchers, as well as those shared by members of the community.
One adventurous student, whose tale is included in the exhibition, was even arrested in Frankfurt as he tried to come home from a trip abroad – he had raised suspicion by reading with the light on after dark.
The Rose Theatre will host the exhibition from September
Another case was that of the Cole brothers – five men all serving in the same regiment, and not all of whom would make it home.
The exhibition will run from Monday, September 1, to Saturday, October 25.
For full details, visit rosetheatrekingston.org.