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Memorial details

Memorial type
Composite
District
Barnet
Town
Hendon
County
Greater London
Country
England
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918)
Maker
Ernest Larner & Son (restorer of the marble commemorative tablet) (Restorer)
Messrs John Laing & Sons Ltd, of London and Carlisle (builders of the hospital) (Builder)
Ceremony
  • Unveiled
    Date: 29 June 1923
    Attended by: HRH The Prince of Wales opened the Memorial Hospital and unveiled the associated plaques within, including those listing the names of 386 casualties.
  • Dedicated
    Date: 29 June 1923
    Attended by: Bishop Ryle dedicated the memorial tablets within the hospital, commemorating the 386 Metropolitan and City Police officers who had died in World War 1
  • Unveiled
    Date: 10 September 2002
    Attended by: Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Sir John Stevens, unveiled the restored nowy-headed marble tablet in the Memorial Garden at Henley
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Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
48264
Current location

In the Memorial Garden
Hendon Police College (Peel Centre)
Aerodrome Road
Hendon
Barnet
Greater London
NW9 5JE
England

OS Grid Ref: TQ 21853 89801
Denomination: Undefined

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Previous locations
  • New Scotland Yard (Norman Shaw Buildings)
    Victoria Embankment
    Westminster
    City Of Westminster
    Greater London
    England

    OS Grid Ref: Undefined
    Denomination: Undefined
  • In the grounds of the Metropolitan and City Police Orphanage
    Metropolitan Police Memorial Hospital
    Hampton Road
    Twickenham
    Richmond Upon Thames
    Greater London
    England

    OS Grid Ref: TQ 14903 72339
    Denomination: Undefined
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Description
The original WW1 memorial comprised three elements: 1) The Memorial Hospital that was built in the extensive grounds of the pre-existing Metropolitan and City Police Orphanage at Wellesley House. (Those grounds were bounded by Wellesley Road, Stanley Road and Hampton Road, Twickenham). The Hospital itself no longer exists, having been sold in 1936 and demolished in the 1970s. 2) A nowy-headed white marble tablet, with the Metropolitan Police crest top-centre, whose inscription states that the Hospital commemorated the loss of 345 Metropolitan Police officers who died in WW1. (That tablet is the sole element from the whole original memorial that still exists intact, and is now at Peel House, Hendon Police Training College). 3) Wooden boards bearing the initials and surnames of 386 Metropolitan Police and London City Police officers who had died in WW1. Having rotted while in storage, the few surviving remnants of those boards are now at the Metropolitan Police Orphans Fund's offices at Putney. (The new boards made as replacements for them in 2005 are now at Peel House, Hendon - see War Memorials Register reference 68147).
Inscription
(Marble tablet, which is now at Hendon): TO THE GLORIOUS MEMORY OF/THE 345 MEMBERS OF THE METROPOLITAN POLICE/ WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR THEIR COUNTRY/ IN THE GREAT WAR 1914-1918./ "THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE". / TO THEIR HONOURED MEMORY A HOSPITAL/ HAS BEEN ERECTED IN THE GROUNDS OF/ THE METROPOLITAN AND CITY POLICE ORPHANAGE/TWICKENHAM AT A COST OF £18,000/ SUBSCRIBED BY ALL RANKS/ OF THE METROPOLITAN AND CITY POLICE. (Original wooden Roll of Honour boards, the surviving remnants of which are now at the Metropolitan and City Police Orphan Fund office in Putney): THIS HOSPITAL WAS ERECTED AND EQUIPPED BY THE/ MEMBERS OF THE METROPOLITAN AND CITY POLICE FORCES/ TO THE GLORIOUS MEMORY OF 386 COMRADES WHO MADE/ THE SUPREME SACRIFICE IN THE GREAT WAR 1914-1918/ (NAMES)
Inscription legible?
yes
Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 386
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 386
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Surname and initials
    Order of information: Alphabetically by surname
Components
  • Tablet
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Marble - Carrara
  • Plinth
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Granite - Black
  • Hospital
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Brick
  • Plaques / Panels with names
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Wood
Listing information
Condition
History
2016: Following the redevelopment of the Peel Centre site at Hendon, the marble tablet was installed in the new Memorial Garden, which was re-dedicated by HRH the Duke of Sussex on 20/10/2016. / 2002: The nowy-headed marble tablet was restored; the coloured marble frame was removed and replaced with a black granite base/plinth, prior to being unveiled by the Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir John Stevens on 10/9/2002 in the Garden of Remembrance at Hendon Police Training College that had been dedicated by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in October 2001. / c1997: The marble commemorative tablet was removed from storage, and was installed at Hendon Police Training College, i.e. the Peel Centre. / 1937: The Memorial Hospital was sold, along with the Orphanage at Wellesley House in whose grounds it stood. The marble commemorative tablet was taken to New Scotland Yard on the Embankment (i.e. what is now known as the Norman Shaw Buildings); it was later placed in storage. The wooden boards bearing the names of the 386 Metropolitan and City Police officers who died were placed in storage, where they unfortunately rotted. (The few surviving fragments of those original boards are now at the Metropolitan and City Police Orphan Fund office at 30 Hazlewood Road, Putney, SW15 6LH. The boards made to replace them are now inside the Police Training College at Hendon - see WMR 68147). / June 1923: The newly-erected Metropolitan and City Police WW1 Memorial Hospital was opened in the grounds of the pre-existing Police Orphanage at Wellesley House, Strawberry Hill in Twickenham by HRH the Prince of Wales, who also unveiled the associated commemorative memorials within, i.e. the marble tablet (which refers to 345 Metropolitan Police officers who died) and the wooden Roll of Honour boards that listed the names of 386 Metropolitan and City Police officers who died. (The discrepancy in numbers on the marble tablet/wooden boards is thought to be due to inclusion on the latter of the names of 26 London City Police officers who died, plus officers and staff from both that Force and the Metropolitan Police who died in air raids/munitions factory explosions etc in London in World War 1).
Costs

Comments: The cost of building the Hospital and erecting the associated memorials within was raised by voluntary subscriptions from Metropolitan and City Police officers.
Memorial: £18,000

Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Responsibility
Metropolitan Police
Reference
  • News Shopper 8/3/2002 reported the restoration ( www.newsshopper.co.uk/news/6354326.commemorative-plaque-is-restored/ _
  • The Scotsman 30/6/1923 (page 8) reported the opening of the Hospital, and the unveiling and dedication of the commemorative tablets re the 386 Metropolitan and City Police officers who had died in World War 1.
  • The Graphic 7/7/1923 (page 7) printed photographs of the unveiling event.
  • The Daily Herald 30/6/1923 (page 5) reported the opening of the Memorial Hospital by the Prince of Wales, mentioning that "20,500 had been contributed for the memorial, £18,350 of which had been expended on the hospital. The balance went to the erection of a new school, which was also opened by the Prince".
  • Uxbridge and West Drayton Gazette Friday 6/6/1923 (page 6) reported: "The Prince of Wales visited Twickenham on Friday afternoon to open the Police War Memorial Hospital, which has been added to the buildings of the Metropolitan and City Police Orphanage. The new hospital has been erected to the memory of the 386 officers of the Metropolitan & City Police Forces who gave their lives in the war. and whose names are inscribed on memorial panels placed in the main hall of the building. The entire cost of the erection, furnishing and equipment of the hospital has been defrayed from a special subscription by all ranks of the two police forces".
  • Sheffield Daily Telegraph 30/6/1923 (page 9) reported the opening of the Memorial Hospital in Twickenham and unveiling of commemorative plaques by HRH The Prince of Wales.
  • Metropolitan and City Police Orphans Fund (History and Archive webpage) records the history of the plaque: www.met-cityorphans.org.uk/history-and-archive/archive-and-museum

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