The Wimbledon Park War Memorial stands in the memorial garden outside St. Paul’s Church and the Community Centre. It was designed and built by the company of Charles Eamer Kempe in 1919, to honour local men who died in WWI, using donations from residents of the area. It was dedicated at a special service in January 1920 and was listed as grade II by Historic England in 2017 as “an eloquent witness to the tragic impact of world events on the local community, and the sacrifices it made in the First World War”.
Inscribed on the Memorial’s four panels are the names and ranks of the 35 men from the area who lost their lives, along with a short text which reads: 1914 A.D. LEST WE FORGET 1918 A.D.
The centenary celebrations for the end of WWI fall on November 11th 2018. After almost a century, the War Memorial needs restoration, especially because some names are now difficult to read. We would like to have some of the lettering re-carved to help the community remember those who gave their lives for us all. We also want to add a few new words to remember those from our local area who fell in the Second World War and more recent conflicts. This will ensure that on Remembrance Day every year, all those who have lost their lives in the service of our country are visibly included in our Act of Remembrance.
Restoring historical monuments is expensive. We expect the total cost to be around £10,000 and have applied for a grant for part of this from the War Memorials Trust. The balance needs to be raised by local donations, in the same way as 100 years ago. Please give generously, to honour those from past and current generations, who gave all they had, for us.
Our aim is to complete the restoration in time for the Centenary commemorations on Sunday November 11th when a special service and Act of Remembrance is planned for 3 pm for all local residents.
Ways to donate
If you would like to support this appeal:
For cash or cheque donations, please make a cheque payable to St Paul’s Church PCC, put cheque or cash in an envelope addressed to War Memorial Appeal, St Paul’s Community Centre, 23, Inner Park Road, London SW19 6ED and post with a stamp or deliver through the Community Centre letter box. Alternatively, please give it to us on the Open Day.
Online: A JustGiving page will be set up shortly. You can donate directly by bank transfer to Account no. 41649990, Sort Code 60-20-09. Please use reference War Memorial
If you are a UK taxpayer and wish to Gift Aid your donation, please say so and add your name and address.
All donations will be used exclusively for the restoration of the War Memorial. Should there be a surplus it will be donated equally to the Royal British Legion and SSAFA.
You can see further details of the War Memorial, the names inscribed and the Appeal Open Day on 15th July here.