In the immediate area where I am staying (SE5-0SY) there are 3 separate war memorials that I have seen. Two of which are situated in Kennington Park ( 51.484066° -0.108817°).
The first is known as the Civilian War Memorial, and it commemorates the over 100 people that were killed in an air raid trench in the park on 15 October 1940. A 50lb bomb caused one section of the trench to collapse, killing mostly women and children. The memorial was unveiled in 2006 and was made of Caithness stone by Richard Kindersley.
The main inscription reads: “History, despite its wrenching pain cannot be unlived but if faced with courage need not be lived again.”
Very close to this memorial are all that is left of the Tinworth Fountain. It was erected in 1872, but damaged during the Blitz. Possibly in the same incident.
On 4 January 1945, a V2 struck Kennington Road and Lambeth Road crossroads, killing 43 people. The Imperial War Museum has a V2 on display and the crossroads are in sight of the museum. The second war memorial in the park is situated in the one corner off the park. it has since been restored and I have been able to add in a new pic of it since I originally wrote this post.
It seems to be dedicated to the 1/24th and 2/24th County of London Battalions, and The London Regiment (the Queens). During WW1 in France and Flanders, Salonika and Palestine.
Memorial number 3 is situated in the grounds of St Mark’s Church in Kennington. This very distinctive building was opened in 1824. It was bombed in September 1940 and scheduled for demolition, however it was partly re-opened in 1947 and fully re-opened in March 1960.
This is a WW1 Memorial, with roughly 340 names on it. Could these numbers of locals be attributed to the “Pals Battalions”
This memorial and church were on my list for a revisit, I know that there is more to see at the church, its just a case of getting it done. Unfortunately I was not able to do so before I left for Southampton. However, one of the books I was reading mentioned that executions were conducted in Kennington Common and on the spot now occupied by St Marks. Apparently those convicted at the Court of St Margaret’s in Borough High Street were put to death at this spot, it also included the Jacobite Rebels, followers of Bonnie Prince Charlie. The gallows was situated where the church is today, although there is no evidence of it being there anymore.
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