Events marking the centenary year of the outbreak of World War I take place at Wandsworth Museum.

Wandsworth was heavily involved supporting the troops fighting in the First World War, which began in August 1914.

The Royal Victoria Patriotic School on Wandsworth Common was commandeered by the Territorial Army and converted into one of the four Great War hospitals in London.

The hospital treated more than 52,000 men during the war and closed in 1919.

Just a year into the war, in 1915, patients and staff at the hospital were given permission to publish The Gazette, a monthly journal of articles, sketches and poems, to raise money for the soldiers’ comforts.

To mark Wandsworth's involvement in the war, local historian and writer Simon McNeill-Ritchie gives a talk about great ward poetry.

McNeill-Ritchie has compiled a collection of 40 of the poems written at the hospital and added brief notes on the repatriation of the wounded from the front.

Later this month, the museum also hosts a World War I big draw workshop, supported by the National Army Museum, for youngsters aged seven and above.

Children will be able to meet Edward Foster the dustbin man, who was awarded the Victoria Cross, handle war artefacts and learn new drawing techniques.

Attendees will also have the chance to participate in drawing and making activities including creating puppets, diorama and dazzle ships exploring life in Wandsworth in the First World War.

Great ward poetry; Wandsworth Museum, West Hill, Wandsworth; October 16, doors open 7pm, starts 7.30pm; £7 on the door with 50 per cent of proceeds going to military charity SSAFA; for more information, visit

First World War big draw workshop; Wandsworth Museum, West Hill, Wandsworth; October 28, 1.30pm to 4.30pm; free, advance booking required; to book, email or call 020 8870 6060.