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Memorial details

Memorial type
Cenotaph
District
Kingston-upon-thames
Town
New Malden
County
Greater London
Country
England
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918), Second World War - civilians, Second World War (1939-1945), VC or GC Recipients, Post-1945 war or conflict, Civilian (19th; 20th and 21st Centuries)
Ceremony
  • Unveiled
    Date: 8 November 1924
    Attended by: Private F Jackson
  • Unveiled
    Date: 27 July 2014
    Attended by: (The new WW1 Plaque)- The Mayor
  • Rededicated
    Date: 24 April 2008
    Attended by: Local Clergy/Dignitaries
  • Rededicated
    Date: 3 May 1998
    Attended by: Group Captain Peter Whalley & Coumcillor Chrissie Hitchcock
  • Rededicated
    Date: 1952
    Attended by: Undefined
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
12101
Current location

Outside the former Town Hall
now Waitrose
High Street
New Malden
Kingston-upon-thames
Greater London
KT3 4HE
England

OS Grid Ref: TQ 21390 68491
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
Two stepped stone base surmounted by plinth & plain three tiered cenotaph. The whole is surrounded by a chain supported by short posts. Wreath carved in relief on front face and names on three large bronze plaques placed on the other three sides. The middle tier has a bronze sword. Additional small plaque with details of Lieutenant Firman VC placed next to the WW1 plaque on the 3 o'clock face. The cenotaph is topped with ant-pigeon spikes. The 3 o'clock and 9 o'clock faces are inscribed with the names of the fallen, on the lower tier these have been overlaid with bronze plaques bearing a fuller list of names. The 3 o'clock face commemorates WW2 military deaths, with the smaller plaque for Lieutenant Firman VC. The 9 o'clock face has the WW1 plaque and the 12 o'clock face the WW2 civilians plaque plus a plaque recording the 1940 bomb damage. Also 4 stainless steel plaques- the first to civilian assistance, and one each to Acting Squadron Leader Ian Willoughby Bazalgette VC DFC, Lieutenant Humphrey Osbaldeston Brooke Firman VC (RN) and Pilot Officer Cyril Joe Barton VC There is also a tree with brass dedication plaque on wooden backboard to WW2 civilians
Inscription
Lower Tier 6 o'clock face-IN GRATEFUL MEMORY OF THOSE WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR KING AND COUNTRY IN THE GREAT WAR 1914-1918 On the joint between the lower tier and the plinth 6 o'clock face-AND ALSO THE 1939-1945 WAR 3 o'clock face Plaque 1-1914-1918/ Lieutenant H.O.B. Firman VC/S.S. "Julnar", Royal Navy/ Died age 20 0n 24 April 1916 3 o'clock face Plaque 2- [WW2 military names] 9 o'clock face Plaque 1- [WW1 names] 12 o'clock face Plaque 1- [WW2 civilian names] 12 o'clock face Plaque 2-DAMAGE TO THIS MEMORIAL/WAS CAUSED BY A GERMAN BOMB/WHICH FELL TWENTY FEET AWAY/ON 16TH OCTOBER 1940 6 o'clock face- THIS PLAQUE TO COMMEMORATE THE CENTENARY OF/THE GREAT WAR 1914-1919/AND/IN MEMORY OF ALL MEMBERS OF THE ARMED FORCES/INCLUDING POLICE FIRE AND AMBULANCE SERVICES/WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE SERVICE OF OUR COUNTRY/SINCE THE END OF BOTH WARS/LAID BY THE MALDEN AND COOMBE BRANCH OF TYHE/ROYAL BRITISH LEGION/WE WILL REMEMBER THEM Civilians Plaque- In memory of all the civilians/of Malden and Coombe/killed by enemy action//In recognition of the services/provided and the support given/by civilians and by military/personnel in times of conflict/and in times of peace. Bazalgette Plaque- Acting Squadron Leader Ian Willoughby Bazalgette V.C. D.F.C./R.AF.V.R. 635 Squadron/On 4th August 1944, Squadron Leader Bazalgette was 'master bomber' of a Pathfinder squadron/detailed to mark an important target at Trossy St Maximin for the main bomber force.//When nearing the target the Lancaster came under heavy anti-aircraft fire. Both starboard engines/were put out of action and serious fire broke out in the fuselage and the starboard main-plane//The bomb aimer was badly wounded., he pressed on gallantly to the target,/marking and bombing it accurately. That the attack was successful was due to his magnificent/effort.//After the bombs had been dropped the Lancaster dived, practically out of control. By expert airmanship and great exertion Squadron-Leader Bazalgette regained control. But the port inner/engine then failed and the whole of the starboard main-plane became a mass of flames. Squadron-Leader Bazalgette fought bravely to bring his aircraft and crew to safety.//The mid-upper gunner was overcome by fumes. Squadron-Leader Bazalgette then ordered those/of his crew who were able to leave by parachute to do so. He remained at the controls and/attempted the almost hopeless task of landing the crippled and blazing aircraft in a last effort to/save the wounded bomb aimer and helpless air gunner.//With superb skill, and taking great care to avoid a small French village nearby, he brought the/aircraft down safely. Unfortunately, it then exploded and the gallant officer and his two comrades/perished.//His heroic sacrifice marked the climax of a long career of operations against the enemy. He always/chose the most dangerous and exacting roles. His courage and devotion to duty were beyond/praise./4th August 1944-Senantes, north west of Beauvais, France Barton Plaque-Pilot Officer Cyril Joe Barton V.C./R.A.F.V.R. 578 Squadron/On the night of 30th March 1944, Pilot Officer Barton was captain and pilot of a Halifax aircraft of/578 Squadron detailed to attack Nuremberg. When some 70 miles short of the target, the aircraft/was attacked by a Junkers 88.//The first burst of fire from the enemy aircraft made the intercommunication system useless. One/engine was damaged when a Messerschmitt 210 joined the fight. The bomber's machine guns/were unable to return the fire.//Fighters continued to attack the aircraft as it approached the target area and, in the confusion/caused by the failure of the intercommunication system at the height of battle, a signal was/misinterpreted and the navigator, air bomber and wireless operator left the aircraft by parachute.//Pilot Officer Barton faced a situation of dire peril. His aircraft was damaged, his navigational team/had gone, and he could not communicate with the remainder of the crew.//If he continued his mission, he would be at the mercy of hostile fighters which silhouetted against/the fires in the target areas and if he survived, he would have to make a 4 1/2 hours journey home on/three engines across heavily defended territory. Determined to press home his attack at all costs, he flew on and, reaching the target, released the bomb himself.// As Pilot Officer Barton turned for home the propeller of the damaged engine, which was vibrating/badly, flew off. It was discovered that two of the petrol tanks had suffered damage and were/leaking. Pilot Officer Barton held to his course and, without navigational aids and in spite of strong/head winds, successfully avoided the most dangerous defence areas on his route.//Eventually he crossed the English coast only 90 miles north of his base. By this time the petrol/supply was nearly exhausted. Before a suitable landing place could be found, the port engines/stopped. The aircraft was now too low to be abandoned successfully.//Pilot Officer Barton therefore ordered the three remaining members of his crew to take up their/crash stations. Then, with only one engine working, he made a gallant attempt to land clear of the/houses over which he was flying. The aircraft finally crashed and Pilot Officer Barton lost his life,/but his three comrades survived//Pilot Officer Barton had previously taken part in 4 attacks on Berlin and 14 other operational/missions. On one of these, two members of the crew were wounded during a determined effort to/locate the target despite appalling weather conditions.//In gallantly completing his last mission in the face of almost impossible odds, this officer displayed/unsurpassed courage and devotion to duty./31st March 1944-Ryhope Colliery, Sunderland, England Firman Plaque- Lieutenant Humphrey Osbaldeston Brooke Firman V.C./R.N./At 8 pm on April 24th, 1916, with a crew from the Royal Navy under Lieutenant Firman, R.N./assisted by Lieutenant Commander Cowley, R.N.V.R., the 'Julnar' carrying 270 tons of supplies,/left Falahiyah, in an attempt to reach Kut.//Her departure was covered by all artillery and machine gun fire that could be brought to bear, in/the hope of distracting the enemy's attention. She was, however, discovered and shelled on her/passage up the river.//At 1 a.m. on the 25th, General Townshend reported that she had not arrived, and that at midnight/a burst of heavy firing had been heard at Magasia, some 9 miles from Kut by river, which had/suddenly ceased.//There could be little doubt that the enterprise had failed, and the next day the Air Service/reported the 'Julnar' in the hands of the Turks at Magasia.//The leaders of this brave attempt, Lieutenant H.O.B. Firman, R.N. and his assistant, Lieutenant -/Commander C.H. Cowley R.N.V.R. the latter of whom throughout the campaign in Mesopotamia/performed magnificent service in command of the 'Majdish' have been reported by the Turks to/have been killed, the remainder of the gallant crew, including five wounded, are prisoners of war.//Knowing well the chances against them, all the gallant officers and men who manned the 'Julnar'/for the occasion were volunteers./24th April 1916-River Tigris, Mesopotamia Tree Plaque- 2010/PLANTED THROUGH DONATIONS/FROM THE CITIZENS OF/MALDEN AND COOMBE/IN MEMORY OF THOSE/CIVILIANS OF THIS TOWN/KILLED BY ENEMY ACTION/1939-1945
Inscription legible?
yes
Names on memorial
Anglesey, A
Aylott, E
Aylott, W T
Ayres, S F
Backhurst, J A
Baines, E
Barker, F
Barratt, R W
Barritt, J
Bartlett, F
See details for all 269 names
Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 255
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 255
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname, forenames
    Order of information: surname
  • Second World War - civilians
    Total names on memorial: 182
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 182
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname,decorations, forenames
    Order of information: surname
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
    Total names on memorial: 318
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 318
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname,decorations, forenames
    Order of information: surname
  • VC or GC Recipients
    Total names on memorial: 3
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 3
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname, forenames, decorations, manner of death, date of death, place of death
    Order of information: surname
  • Post-1945 war or conflict
    Total names on memorial: 0
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 0
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Undefined
    Order of information: Undefined
  • Civilian (19th; 20th and 21st Centuries)
    Total names on memorial: 0
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 0
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Undefined
    Order of information: Undefined
Components
  • Cenotaph
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone
  • First World War memorial
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Bronze
  • Second World War memorial
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Bronze
  • Second World War memorial
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Bronze
  • Plaque
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Bronze
  • Plaque
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Bronze
  • Detail
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone
  • Detail
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Bronze
  • Fence/ Railing
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Metal
  • Gate posts
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone
  • Plinth
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone
  • Steps
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone
  • Base
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Bronze
  • Plaque
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Bronze
  • Plaque
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Bronze
  • Plaque
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stainless Steel
  • Plaque
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stainless Steel
  • Plaque
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Wood
  • Tree
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Brass
  • Plaque
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Undefined
Listing information
  • New Malden War Memorial
  • Grade II
  • This memorial is protected, and listed on the National Heritage List for England maintained by Historic England. View list entry
  • More about listing and the protection of historic places can be found on the Historic England website
  • Historic England
Condition
History
July 2014- New WW1 Plaque added; 2005/6: Vandalised along with Worcester Park memorial. Repaired and cleaned by Kingston Council via the Royal British Legion Malden and Coombe Branch; 1952: British Legion and the Community Association requested that a bronze plaque be placed on the memorial commemorating WW2 casualties before the rededication that year.; 1998: Refurbishment and addition of civilans killed in WW2; 16 October 1940: Some cosmetic damage due to bombing.
Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Sponsorship
Public
Reference

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