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Memorial details

Memorial type
Board / Plaque / Tablet
District
Richmond Upon Thames
Town
Kew
County
Greater London
Country
England
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918), Second World War (1939-1945)
Maker
SIR ROBERT LORIMER
Ceremony
  • Unveiled
    Date: 25 May 1921
    Attended by: Local Clergy/Dignitaries
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
12518
Current location

INSIDE THE TEMPLE OF ARETHUSA
Kew Gardens
Kew Road
Kew
Richmond Upon Thames
Greater London
TW8 8QE
England

OS Grid Ref: TQ 18799 76910
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
Rectangular headed plaque with a King's Crown top centre and a floral border. The First World War names are in raised lettering in three columns above the Second World War names which are also in raised lettering in three columns. The plaque is mounted on the back wall of the garden's classical Temple of Arethusa, which was designed by Sir William Chambers for Princess Augusta and built in 1758. Arethusa was a mythical Greek nymph who was turned into a spring of water.
Inscription
TO THE GLORY OF GOD / AND ON HONOURED MEMORY / OF THE MEMBERS OF / THE KEW GUILD AND STAFF / OF THE ROYAL BOTANIC GDNS KEW / WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES / IN THE GREAT WAR 1914 - 1919 / (Names) / FLOREAT KEW / 1939 - 1945 / (Names)
Inscription legible?
yes
Names on memorial
Anderson, Charles Henry
Baggs, Arthur Edwin
Ball, Charles Frederick
Beswick, John Charles
Brown, Charles Hubert
Clarke, James William
Cobbold, Sidney George
Cockcroft, Harry Sidney
Collins, Ernest Richard
Comer, Sidney George
See details for all 37 names
Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 37
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 37
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname,rank,regiment,forename,decorations
    Order of information: surname
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
    Total names on memorial: 14
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 14
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname,rank,regiment,forename,decorations
    Order of information: Undefined
Components
  • Plaque
    Measurements: depth 5MM, height 1345MM, width 1180MM
    Materials: Bronze
Listing information
Condition
Costs

Memorial: £150

Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Sponsorship
Corporate
Responsibility
ROYAL BOTANIC GARDEN TRUSTEES
Reference

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