St Michael & All Angels Church lies at the heart of Bedford Park in Chiswick, a residential area developed between 1875 and 1886 and acclaimed as the world’s first “garden suburb”.
The church was 38 years old when the first world war started. In and around the church there are memorials with the names of 128 men and women that died in the war and were somehow connected to the church and/or the local area. Little was known of who these people were or how they lived, served or died.
The research into who these individuals are and their stories has taken over four years. As a result, we have learned a lot about how the individuals and the local community were affected by the human cost of the war. We have been able to put a local perspective on international history.