Evidence used for the London Assembly Planning and Housing Committee's investigation into London's War Memorials




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Evidence used for the London Assembly Planning and Housing Committee's investigation into London's War Memorials


July 2009


Contents

Evidence is presented alphabetically by name of contributing individual or organisation


Reference Number/ Individual or organisation

Page Number

(in this document)

WMs/059 -Alleyn's School

3

WMs/008 -Andrew Dismore MP for Hendon

8

WMs/020 -Andrew Rosindell MP for Romford

9

WMs/024 -Bancrofts School, Woodford Green

10

WMs/006 -Barnet Museum

11

WMs/050 -Beryl Nash

11

WMs/042 -Canadian High Commission

12

WMs/025 -Colfe's School

13

WMs/041 -Commonwealth War Graves Commission

13

WMs/013 -Cyprus Area Projects Panel

15

WMs/010 -D Chambers

16

WMs/037 -Emanuel School

16

WMs/064 -English Heritage, London Region

16

WMs/045 -Fiji High Commission

19

WMs/019 -Forest School

19

WMs/026 -Ghana High Commission

20

WMs/002 -H J Campion

21

WMs/060 -Hammersmith and Fulham Historic Buildings Group

22

WMs/040/048 -Herne Hill Society

25

WMs/052 -Institute of Historic Building Conservation

26

WMs/055 -J Bewley

27

WMs/004 -Jaqui Lait MP for Beckenham

28

WMs/047 -Jewish Heritage UK

29

WMs/058 -King's College School

30

WMs/021 -Latymer School

31

WMs/014 -Lesley Ramm

34

WMs/028 -Leyton and Leytonstone Historical Association

33

WMs/051 -London Borough of Barking & Dagenham

34

WMs/038 -London Borough of Bexley

35

WMs/036 -London Borough of Brent

36

WMs/017 -London Borough of Bromley

39

WMs/007-London Borough of Enfield

40

WMs/053-London Borough of Haringey

40

WMs/034-London Borough of Harrow

42

WMs/009-London Borough of Hillingdon

43

WMs/022-London Borough of Lambeth

44

WMs/018-London Borough of Merton

47

WMs/027-London Borough of Tower Hamlets

47

WMs/057-Marion Honeyborne

49

WMs/046-Merchant Taylors School

49

WMs/011-Miss A P Tucker

50

WMs/012-Mr Ben Hanton

51

WMs/015-Mrs Carol Eve

53

WMs/029-Mrs P Winbourne

53

WMs/031-Mrs Phyllis Coward

53

WMs/030-Mrs R Jenkins

53

WMs/016-National Archive of Memorial Inscriptions

53

WMs/066-National Association of Memorial Masons

54

WMs/049-Peter Deed

55

WMs/023- Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors

55

WMs/062-Royal Norwegian Embassy

56

WMs/003-RPS Planning and Development Ltd

57

WMs/032-Russian Consulate

58

WMs/043/054-St Olave's School

58

WMs/056-South African High Commission

59

WMs/063-Streatham Society Local History Group

60

WMs/033-Royal British Legion (RBL) Elm Park Branch

61

WMs/039-RBL North East County Metropolitan Branch

61

WMs/061-RBL City Hall Branch

62

WMs/065-UK National Inventory of War Memorials

63

WMs/044-US Embassy

65

WMs/001-War Memorials Trust

66

WMs/035-Wembley History Society

69

WMs/005-Westminster School

70



WMs/059 -Alleyn's School


From the Senior Deputy Head

21" May 2009

ALLEYN'S SCHOOL

Townley Road, Dulwich

London SE22 8SU

Mr Tony Arbour

London Assembly

City Hall

The Queen's Walk

London SE1 2AA


Dear Mr Arbour

You wrote to the Headmaster, Dr Diggory about a review of London's war

memorials and we have now prepared our response to your questions.

Does your school contain a war memorial? If so, what are the details~of the

memorial in terms of its history, type and physical description, location, people and

wars commemorated on it?

Yes. It is a wooden (oak) war memorial which lists the names of the Alleyn's Old

Boys who died during the First and Second World Wars.

A war memorial for the Alleyn's Old Boys (AOBs) who were killed in WW1 was

agreed as early as April 1918. They were to be remembered by the installation of a

school organ above the platform in the School's Great Hall. Under the organ

balcony, eight oak panels were erected upon which were inscribed the names of

the dead. Later, a further four panels were added to the memorial on which the

names of those ho died in the WW2 were inscribed.

The memorial lists the 264 names of the AOBs who died in WW1, and 131 names

of those who died in WW2. The panels list the AOB's first name, middle initials

and surname. (This contrasts with the memorial in the Foundation Chapel in

Dulwich Village which -for some of them - also lists the AOBs' rank at time of

death; the Chapel's panels only give the AOBs' initials.)

The memorial was originally unveiled by AOB Col Frank Kirby VC CBE DCM in 1922.

The four further panels commemorating those who died in WW2 were unveiled on

Founder's Day in 1949 by AOB Major-General Sir Leslie Williams, KBE, CB, MC, and

blessed by the Bishop of Southwark, the Rt Rev BF Simpson, another AOB.

In the 1970s the memorial was moved from the Great Hall to a corridor behind the

hall. The organ still exists.

There is also a brass plaque to those AOBs who died in the Boer War. It is on

display adjacent to the memorial described above. All the memorials are in very

good condition.

The names and inscriptions of these memorials are attached.

After WW2 a (gated) memorial garden was also established to remember those

AOBs who died in the war. This is on a triangle of ground at the junction of

Townley Road and Calton Avenue (where the RAF barrage balloon site was during

the war). The memorial garden was officially opened on 19 June 1954 by Lord

Gorrell, the then chairman of the Board of Governors. The memorial garden still

exists and trees have been planted in memory of pupils and staff since WW2.

At this year's Founder's Day (27th June 2009), the School will be adding

the names of those (8) AOBs who died in WW1 who were not originally

listed on the panels

a new honours board listing the (three) names of those AOBs who have

died whilst on military service since WW2

Unveiling these new names and honours board will be part of the School's

celebration of Armed Forces Day (on the same day, 27th June).

How is the memorial maintained and is access to the memorial restricted to the

school or open to members of the public?

The memorials are inside the School and get dusted and polished on a regular

basis. Visitors who would like to see the memorial can do so - generally by prior

appointment. The panels are available for viewing on public days, such as open

days and Founder's Day.

The memorial garden is maintained by the School's gardeners. Again, members of

the public can visit it by appointment..

In terms of local memorials in the local area, are you aware of any instances of loss

or damage to war memorials as part of the development process or through the

change of use or refurbishment of existing buildings?

No. we are aware that a war memorial to the Dulwich Volunteer Battalion has been

recently been refurbished in St Peter's Churchyard on the corner of Lordship Lane

and Dulwich Common (opposite the Harvester pub).

Has your school had any involvement with the local authority in aspects of

protection or maintenance of war memorials in the area?

Not to our knowledge.

Is your school aware of other organisations that can assist the community to care

for war memorials in their local area?

No.

Does your school have any good examples of practices that have raised the profile

of war memorials, their protection, maintenance and sense of community

ownership?

The School is in the process of researching the war-time experiences of its former

pupils. Research has been completed on finding out more about the WW1 and

WW2 dead. The information about the WW1 Alleyn's war dead has been published

on the School's alumni's association's website, www.edwardalleynclub.com.

We have also discovered a collection of photographic portraits of the AOBs who

died in WW1 which was (probably) assembled shortly after the end of the war. The

School is in consultation with the Imperial War Museum (IWM) on how best to

preserve and disseminate the photographs - and the stories of the men they depict

- to both pupils and the wider public. These pictures are now being digitised by the

IWM with a view to uploading them (with their biographical details) onto its

website as well as onto the School's website. Pupils and staff will also have access

to these images and information for use as educational resources. The original

photographs will be conserved in the School's archives. Facsimile copies have

been made of a selection of the photographs to use for permanent display.

An article about the WW2 dead will be published in the autumn 2009 issue of the

Edward Alleyn Club's magazine (to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the start of

WW2).

From the research, it is (fortunately) clear that there were many AOBs who fought

and survived WW2. The School hopes to collect their war-time (and school boy)

stories by hosting a Memories Day in early 2010. Sixth-form pupils will interview

AOBs who were at the School in the 1930s and 1940s to record their memories

and experiences. It is hoped that a publication will be produced to recount all the

war-time experience of AOBs for posterity.

What are your views on how information could be better presented on existing or

future war memorials in order to be used effectively in education projects or as

part of local history?

More use of the internet to record names and experiences of individuals. Personal

stories make history come alive.

Are there any other issues, organisations or practices you are aware of that may

have relevance for this investigation?

Commonwealth War Graves Commission online database

UK's National Inventory of War Memorials (though more funding needed;
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