Memorial to civilian war deaths unveiled

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: The unveiling of the memorial in Chingford. The unveiling of the memorial in Chingford.

A MEMORIAL honouring the memory of more than 100 Chingford civilians killed  during the Second World War has been unveiled.


The granite plaques, listing the names of all residents who died in bombings, have been installed on the Obelisk monument at the junction of Chingford Mount, Hall Lane and Old Church Road.


Chingford Conservative councillor Geoff Walker has been working on plans for the memorial for the last 18 months after the idea was initially suggested to him by a resident.


He said: "Quite rightly we recognise the armed services at this time of year but it's often overlooked how civilians also suffer in war.


"There were, we think, 104 people in Chingford who died from V2 bombs, incendiaries and anti-aircraft ordnances.


"We got the names from the book 'Chingford at War' and I'm very pleased with how it's turned out.

"It's taken quite a long time but we managed to persuade the council to fund it, for which we're very grateful."

The memorial was officially unveiled during a ceremony on Saturday (November 10).

 

 

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9:15am Mon 12 Nov 12

John J C Moss says...

Many thanks to Geoff Walker who has been a great servant of the Borough as a Councillor for many years. It is a pleasure to be his colleague.
Many thanks to Geoff Walker who has been a great servant of the Borough as a Councillor for many years. It is a pleasure to be his colleague. John J C Moss

9:51am Mon 12 Nov 12

chingford lad says...

A fitting and much deserved tribute, but something for Chingford funded by a labour council? sounds suspicious, beware strange people bearing gifts.
A fitting and much deserved tribute, but something for Chingford funded by a labour council? sounds suspicious, beware strange people bearing gifts. chingford lad

11:12am Mon 12 Nov 12

Donald Bethl'hem says...

Noticed this on Sunday afternoon. A simple, very moving tribute. Heartbreaking to see the names of whole families including children who died. A reminder close to home of the horror and futility of war
Noticed this on Sunday afternoon. A simple, very moving tribute. Heartbreaking to see the names of whole families including children who died. A reminder close to home of the horror and futility of war Donald Bethl'hem

1:49pm Mon 12 Nov 12

sensibility says...

It is a shame its taken so many years to get this public memorial. Thrilled it is finally happened
It is a shame its taken so many years to get this public memorial. Thrilled it is finally happened sensibility

3:10pm Mon 12 Nov 12

Trevor 2 says...

Are there memorials like this for the other parts of Waltham Forest? If not then there should be. I don't think the military dead of Walthamstow are memorialised are they?
Are there memorials like this for the other parts of Waltham Forest? If not then there should be. I don't think the military dead of Walthamstow are memorialised are they? Trevor 2

8:50pm Mon 12 Nov 12

Isaythat says...

Many thanks Geoff, for making it happen.
Many thanks Geoff, for making it happen. Isaythat

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