NUNHEAD CEMETERY OPEN DAY Saturday 19th May 11am – 5pm

The FOBLC will again be having a stall at this event organised by the Friends of Nunhead Cemetery. It's a great day, hopefully see you there!

RAF Centenary Guided Walk – Sunday 29th April at 2pm (Ladywell Gate)

A British Avro Lancaster bomber over Hamburg, 1943Please join us to Commemorate 100 years of the formation of the Royal Air Force out of the Royal Flying Corps.The guided walk led by Foblc historians Peter, Mike and Mick will visit some of the family graves of those who lost their lives in both World Wars ...

Spring Flowers walk Sunday 22nd April guided by Tom Moulton and Pete Robinson

Please join us for a Spring Flowers walk around the Brockley & Ladywell cemeteries on Sunday 22 April, starting from the Ladywell Gates at 2pm. The walk will be led by Tom Moulton and Pete Robinson whose flower survey of the cemeteries can be found here. We'll also be listening out for the birds with ...

Louis ‘Dri’ Drysdale (1883-1933): Famous Jamaican tenor buried in Brockley & Ladywell cemeteries

Finding out recently from deceasedonline.com records that the famous Jamaican tenor and singing professor, Louis 'Dri' Drysdale, was buried in Ladywell cemetery was a particularly welcome if serendipitous discovery.   Dri as he was popularly called died aged 49 years at his home on Westbourne Road, Forest Hill in March 1933.  Although the whereabouts of his ...

Lance Bombardier Sydney James Hedger- ‘ Died for his Country’- Dunkirk 1st June 1940 aged 21 years

British troops line up on the beach at Dunkirk to await evacuation.Located amidst a cluster of graves in Brockley cemetery lies the gothic shaped family headstone of the Hedger family. The stark details of Sydney James Hedger's sacrifice, lettered on the headstone, having been wounded at Dunkirk tell the viewer that ' he died for ...

A Tribute to Second Lieutenant Hugh Gordon Langton- killed at Passchendale October 25th 1917

One of many iconic images of the Passchendaele battlefield in 1917Passendaele (Passendal) is a small village five miles north-east of Ypres in Belgium and is the name by which the final stages of the Third Battle of Ypres are better known. Along with the Somme, it has come to symbolise the Great War for many. ...

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY 12th November 10.55am – 12.15pm

Join us for our annual commemoration of the fallen of the First World War on SUNDAY 12th November 10.55am – 12.15pmMeet at the Ladywell Cross of Sacrifice for the two minute silence and wreath-laying. This will be followed by a walk via threerelevant graves to the memorial in the Brockley Cemetery for a further wreath-laying.

New Hither Green and Sydenham memorial to those who died through enemy air raids in WW1 unveiled

Commemoration of Civilian Deaths in Hither Green and Sydenham in WW1The memorial in the Ladywell Cemetery commemorates civilian victims of enemy air raids in the First World War.On 19th October 1917 a Zeppelin dropped a bomb on what was then Glenview Road near Hither Green station.  (The road is now part of the extended Nightingale ...

Women In Front – A Public Art Exhibition of Women’s Work in WW1 Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th September 2017, 11am-4pm

Women In Front - public art exhibition commemorates the contribution of women to the war effort at home and at the front in the First World War. As the war progressed with mounting casualties and the introduction of conscription, over 1 million women were employed for the first time in occupations previously reserved for men. ...

Grave of Circus Star SAMUEL LOCKHART restored

The FOBLC are pleased to announce the recent restoration of the Lockhart Family headstone in Brockley cemetery.   Samuel Lockhart was an accomplished clown and father of George and Samuel Lockhart, who became famous elephant trainers in the Victorian era.Thank you for the continuing commitment the Music Hall Guild has towards such historic restorations in ...