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Memorial details

Memorial type
Board / Plaque / Tablet
District
City Of Westminster
Town
Covent Garden
County
Greater London
Country
England
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918)
Ceremony
  • Presented
    Date: 1970
    Attended by: UNKNOWN
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
53116
Current location

London Transport Museum
Covent Garden Piazza
Covent Garden
City Of Westminster
Greater London
WC2E 7BB
England

OS Grid Ref: TQ 30473 80901
Denomination: Undefined

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Previous locations
  • In storage
    Imperial War Museum
    Lambeth Road
    Southwark
    Southwark
    Greater London
    SE1 6HZ
    England

    OS Grid Ref: TQ 31387 79095
    Denomination: Undefined
Description
London General Omnibus Company B type omnibus No. B43 in red livery. Two metal plaques with inscription. Radiator cap has representation of Bruce Bairnsfather's cartoon character Ole Bill.
Inscription
GENERAL/ 1914 ANTWERP/1915 YPRES/ 1916 ANCRE/ 1917 SOMME/ 1918 AMIENS/ 1919 HOME / "LEST WE FORGET" (Above the windows on each side): ANTWERP YPRES ANCRE SOMME
Inscription legible?
yes
Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 0
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 0
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Undefined
    Order of information: Undefined
Components
  • Plaques
    Measurements: height 150mm, width 225mm
    Materials: Brass
Listing information
Condition
History
Built in 1911 at LGOC Walthamstow Works. Requisitioned by War Office in Oct. 1914 for service on Western Front, and repurchased by LGOC in 1919. Withdrawn in mid 1920s, fitted with a new body, and presented to the Auxiliary Bus Companies Association. 2014 on loan to London transport Museum, Covent Garden
Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Responsibility
Imperial War Museum
Reference
  • The Times 14 Feb. 1920 p.11. The King will inspect today omnibus B43, the veteran of the transport services. 'The omnibus was one of the first to be sent to the war zone, and bears a commemoration plate of brass on which the following record of war service is insc,ribed:- 1914, Antwerp; 1915 Ypres; 1916 Ancre; 1917 Somme; 1918 Amiens; 1919 Home. Since its return from France it has been running on Route 53A, Charing Cross and Plumstead.'
  • Illustrated London News 21 Feb. 192 p.275 Illustration of 'A famous war 'bus inspected by the king at Buckingham Palace: war drivers cheering His Majesty on leaving.' The bus bears destination boards of Route 8 to Willesden which are flanked by two advertisements for Pears' Soap.
  • The Times 10 Aug. 1921 p.6 col.d
  • Our Blog ukniwm.wordpress.com/2007/07/06/ole-bill/

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