First World War Centenary 2014

Discover the Garden’s WWI history and share your family storiespoppy

2014 marks one hundred years since the start of the First World War.  A historical event to which we are all still connected, either through our own family history, the heritage of our local communities or because of its long-standing impact on society and the world we live in today.

To mark the WWI Centenary the Garden is welcoming  Chelsea Pensioners to the Garden for 100 days from 28 June 2014. We were delighted to speak to two Chelsea Pensioners who visited the Garden about their family’s WWI history. We have also been uncovering the Garden’s own WWI story as well as sharing stories from members of staff.

The Garden would also like to hear your families’ stories from this significant period in history. Please join in conversations on Facebook and Twitter or email stories to

© Christine Battle – Member of Chelsea Physic Garden Florilegium Society

© Christine Battle – Member of Chelsea Physic Garden Florilegium Society

Find out more about the Garden and its staff during WWI at the links below:

The Garden’s WWI Story

Albert Holton

Physic Garden Opened to the Wounded

Staff who have stories to tell about family members involved in WWI will be posted at the links below: 

John Hutchison

Gill Disley

Lily Middleton

Chelsea Pensioners visit the Garden:

Jim Anderson and Gordon ‘Sandy’ Sanders share their family stories.


Thanks to the Chelsea Society for allowing us to contribute Chelsea Physic Garden’s story to their exhibition Chelsea in the Great War in June 2014.