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Memorial details

Memorial type
Stone of remembrance
District
Lambeth
Town
Kennington
County
Greater London
Country
England
Commemoration
Second World War - civilians
Maker
MR RICHARD KINDERSLEY
Ceremony
  • Unveiled
    Date: 14 October 2006
    Attended by: Mayor of Lambeth, Liz Atkinson
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
56675
Current location

South Field of Kennington Park
at Tinworth Fountain Gate
Kennington Park
Kennington Park Road
Kennington
Lambeth
Greater London
SE11 4DA
England

OS Grid Ref: TQ 31312 77771
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
A rectangular shaped Caithness stone with an angled point at the head. A quote from Maya Angelou is inscribed in the middle of the memorial, with the dedication inscribed around the edge of the stone. The nearby interpretation board has the following text: "CIVILIAN MEMORIAL. This is a memorial to over 100 local people who were killed in an air raid shelter in the park during the Blitz. Over 100 people died, the majority of them women and children, the youngest just 3 months old. The memorial, unveiled in 2006, is made of Caithness stone and was designed by local sculptor Richard Kindersley." More information is given in the documents and webpages cited under 'references'.
Inscription
Centre of stone: HISTORY/ DESPITE ITS/ WRENCHING/ PAIN/ CANNOT/ BE UNLIVED/ BUT/ IF FACED/ WITH/ COURAGE/ NEED NOT/ BE LIVED/ AGAIN/ Maya Angelou Around the border of the stone: TO COMMEMORATE THE WARTIME SUFFERING OF THE PEOPLE OF KENNINGTON & IN PARTICULAR OVER 50 MEN, WOMEN AND CHILDREN WHO WERE KILLED ON 15TH OCTOBER 1940, WHEN A BOMB DESTROYED AN AIR RAID SHELTER NEAR THIS SPOT. REST IN PEACE.
Inscription legible?
yes
Commemorations
  • Second World War - civilians
    Total names on memorial: 0
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 0
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Undefined
    Order of information: Undefined
Components
  • Stone of remembrance
    Measurements: depth 65mm, height 2640mm, width 760mm
    Materials: Stone - Caithness
Listing information
Condition
Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Sponsorship
Public
Details: The Friends of Kennington Park
Responsibility
London Borough of Lambeth
Reference
  • Photographs of the memorial, on War Memorials Online. The 'mhs' contributor of the images is Martin Stanley who explicitly has given permission to re-use his photograph (by e-mail dated 17 August 2018).
  • The unveiling was also featured on BBC Radio News 14/10/2006, BBC Radio Five Live 15/10/2006, BBC Radio London News 14/10/2006, ITV London Tonight 14/10/2006.
  • War Memorials Trust Bulletin 71, November 2016, page 12
  • Pateman, Rob 'Kennington's Forgotten Tragedy: An account of the air-raid shelter in Kennington and the memorial to the victims killed in Lambeth's worst World War II bomb incident'
  • Other website www.vauxhalland kennington.org.uk/forgottentragedy.pdf
  • South London Press 17 October 2006
  • BBC News Online news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/6051478.stm
  • The Guardian 14 October 2006

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