Act of Remembrance and Re-dedication of Wimbledon Park War Memorial, Sunday 11th November 2018

On Remembrance Sunday afternoon over 150 people attended St Paul’s Church, Augustus Road, SW19 for a special service of commemoration marking the centenary of the First World War Armistice. The service was led by the Bishop of Kingston, the Right Reverend Dr Richard Cheetham, and amongst those attending were the Mayor of Wandsworth, Councillor Piers McCausland, the Rt Hon Justine Greening, MP for Putney, Southfields and Roehampton, and Councillors Peter Carpenter, Malcolm Grimston and Angela Ireland.

The service was followed by the re-dedication of the restored Wimbledon Park War Memorial which stands in the grounds of the Church. Wreaths were laid by Celia Gilbert of Inner Park Road Residents’ Association on behalf of the local community, Ahmad Ahsan, Chair of the Southfields Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Elders’ Association and Peter Carpenter for the Wandsworth Labour Group.

Councillor Malcolm Grimston read out the names of the 35 men of the parish who lost their lives in the First World War, and for each name a small wooden cross was laid on the memorial. Each member of the congregation then placed a lighted candle on the memorial. Attending the event to honour individual men named on the War Memorial were Professor Neil Greenham, Clare College Cambridge (Captain Denman Baynes) and Mr Gerald Hughes (Gunner Charles Gardiner).

The restoration of the Memorial included recarving all 35 names and also adding a new inscription to remember all those from the local area who lost their lives in later conflicts. The work was funded by a public appeal which resulted in some very generous donations and the project is also being funded by grants from the War Memorials Trust and Wandsworth Borough Council.

Biographical details of most of the men named on the Memorial are included in a booklet and are on display in St Paul’s Church.