Sorry everyone, I accidentally deleted all the comments that were left. I do have them saved in an archive, but cannot put them back on the page here. Thank you for the comments left so far and I apologize for my mistake.
Whilst this this event and its victims should be remebered by the people of Gillingham, It seams a shame that with all the artistic talent in the Medway towns, that the monument had to be designed (and made I expect) in a completely different town who's people know or care nothing about the event.
This is not correct that people from a different town care nothing. Whether people care or not is related to their ability to empathise - not their location.
I certainly care, coming from Folkestone. I knew nothing about the tragedy until visiting this website - excellently produced by an obviously very kind lady !
I had never heard of this tradegy before but currently I am creating an archive for the Edinburgh Southside Heritage group and one of the photoswe have from 1929 has a newsagent with a billboard with "Fete Fire Disaster" on it. And I had to find out what it related to and found your website. What a tradegy, good luck with your campaign.
Followed a link here, I wasn't aware of this terrible accident and have found it very interesting although sad reading. You've got a great site here to educate others on this event. I certainly will not forget about it now that I've visited your site.
Well, what a marvellous day. Thank you Lori - it's all down to you that I got to say a few words over my grandfather's grave, and that I have become reunited with six cousins that I'd lost contact with. Can't thank you enough. Very moving.
Thank you for sharing your story. Very inspiring--what you have done. This website is great. Very interesting.
What a tragedy, those poor children, more shocking to me as both of my boys are in the age group,
Imagine the paperwork etc risk assessments that would have preceded this in today's world. and people today whine about modern health and safety, fifteen souls lost for the lack of it.
May they rest in peace and never be forgotten.
Simon and Family
i am actually a descendant of albert joseph nicholls one of the fireman i have been researching my family history i had no idea what i would i am so happy i found this.
I am a grandson of Albert Nicholls my Mother was Dorothy Nicholls. I new of the tragic accident but not much details. I am very pleased to have found these article it has given me a lot of family history. As a family we moved away from the Medway area due to my father serving in the army. I am pleased to know of the memorial & hope to visit sometime age & health permitting'
Thanks to all concerned with the memorial & the article
I am the Great Grand-Daughter of the Mayor of Gillingham at the time of this incident (Alan Samuel John Treacher). My Grandfather (94), who was at the fete when this incident occurred is extremely pleased that there has finally been a memorial placed in the park to commemorate the souls lost. He remembers going to school the next day to face the empty chair of his friend, who tragically died in this event. The event was due to happen the previous year, but my Great-Grandmother had reservations about the safety. The following year, pressure was applied to have the event, to which both the Mayor and Mayoress eventually agreed. I only thank God that My Grandfather and his Brother did not take part in the event as it was suggested by the Chief Fire Officer, or I may not have been here to share this. Thanks again to Lori for her campaign. May all the victims be at peace; and heartfelt wishes to their families and friends.
I came across this site while trying to find some info on Wigmore. My Father Walter was a sea scout that was due to be in the house on this dreadful day,but could not attend as he was ill. He only told me once of this and never liked to speak abouit it. What a terrible thing to hapen on what should have been a happy day for everyone
My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone connected.
I discovered this article on the Gillingham Fete Tragedy quite by accident. It does seem that my Mother, Daisy Maud Usher was the sister of Dennis Usher who tragically was killed in the fire. I was always told that my grandmother was a Margaret Usher but I now discover that my actual grandmother appears to have been Catherine Susannah nee Tulley. I am very interested to learn who are my actual ancestors, and where this information came from.
My mother was the cousin of David Stanley Brunning. After she passed away in 2009 I found a painting of a young boy in a tube addressed to a Mrs D J Brunning . This site has helped me indentify the picture a David and fill in the rest of the information about what happened to him. His mother was a much loved aunt to my mum. A trip to Gillingham is in the pipeline
Very interesting website, wonderfully produced, by an obviously very kind lady - thank you Lori.
There are some folk who prefer to forget and not to talk / discuss unpleasant things. I belong to the opposite clan. Those people who forget history, are bound to repeat it. The underlying message of this website surely is that we must not play with fire !
Thank you Lori.
I am proud to say that John Thomas Nutton was my first cousin twice removed. How sad that he should have lost his life in this way. Thank you to Lori for fighting for recognition of the victims of the Gillingham Fete Tragedy; I do hope to be able to attend future memorial events and meet other members of my family!