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Memorial details

Memorial type
Board / Plaque / Tablet
District
City Of Westminster
Town
Covent Garden
County
Greater London
Country
England
Commemoration
Second World War - civilians
Ceremony
  • Unveiled
    Date: 14 May 1954
    Attended by:
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
58444
Current location

In the London's transport at war gallery (level 0 -ground)
London Transport Museum
Covent Garden Piazza
Covent Garden
City Of Westminster
Greater London
WC2E 7BB
England

OS Grid Ref: TQ 30448 80891
Denomination: Undefined

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Previous locations
  • London Transport Museum Depot
    2 Museum Way
    118-120 Gunnersbury Lane
    Acton
    Ealing
    Greater London
    W3 9BQ
    England

    OS Grid Ref: TQ 193 797
    Denomination: Undefined
  • near the Bowling Green
    Langley Park Social and Sports Club
    South Eden Park Road
    Beckenham
    Bromley
    Greater London
    England

    OS Grid Ref: TQ 380 670
    Denomination: Undefined
  • Beside the entrance to the garage.
    Elmers End Bus Garage
    Elmers End Road
    Beckenham
    Bromley
    Greater London
    England

    OS Grid Ref: TQ 356 688
    Denomination: Undefined
Description
A rectangular stone tablet with narrow margin. A griffin (badge of London Transport)is carved at the head and inscription in upright block capital lettering is below. (below this on plaque while at Langley Park) THIS MONUMENT WAS MOVED/ TO THIS SITE/ FROM ELMERS END BUS GARAGE/ WHICH CLOSED ON THE/ 25TH OCTOBER 1986 In 2018 there is an interpretation board which reads-Elmers End memorial/Elmers End Bus Garage was hit by a V1 flying/bomb on 18 July 1944. Ten staff were killed/and 39 vehicles destroyed. Incredibly, normal services were resumed the next day. This memorial to those who died was unveiled/with the rebuilt garage in 1954. The main/entrance was named the Cunningham Gate/in memory of John Cunningham who died/after sounding the alarm bell warning of the/V1's approach. The memorial was removed/after the garage closed in 1986. [see our reference 47900 for this memorial, also our reference 58759 for a painting of this incident, dedicated to him)
Inscription
IN MEMORY OF/ (Names)/ LONDON TRANSPORT/ STAFF/ KILLED HERE BY AN/ ENEMY FLYING BOMB/ 18TH. JULY 1944
Inscription legible?
yes
Names on memorial
Cunningham, John E
Leach, Herbert W
Rarp, Florence M
Sharpe, Thomas W
Singlehurst, Walter J
Smythe, Michael
Stares, Charles
Stevens, Frank W
Westbroom, Fredk. H
Wilbourne, Alfred
See details for all 10 names
Commemorations
  • Second World War - civilians
    Total names on memorial: 10
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 10
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname, forenames
    Order of information: surname
Components
  • Tablet
    Measurements: depth 140mm, height 1600mm, width 890mm
    Materials: Stone - Limestone
  • Plaque
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Metal
Listing information
Condition
History
Cleaning undertaken after the memorial was moved from Langley Park
Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Sponsorship
Corporate
Responsibility
London Transport Museum (Accession 2000/ 8161)
Reference
  • London Transport Museum Various photos of the garage after the bombing www.ltmcollection.org/photos/results/results.html?IXsearch=elmers+end
  • London Transport Magazine v.7 No.12 (March 1954) p.2
  • BROMLEY WAR MEMORIALS VOLUME FIVE by RASON, PAUL pp. 201-2 Source: Image Library NIWM Published:LONDON BOROUGH OF BROMLEY NOV 1999 BROMLEY
  • Friends of the London Transport Museum Newsletter 8 / July 2006; No.90 (July 2007) p.2 Published:London Transport Museum
  • A History of the 44th London (London Transport) Battalion of the Home Guard 1940 - 1946 by Anon 22 Published:Thorns 1948
  • London Transport Museum 1997/141ing position of the me
  • London Transport At War by Graves, Charles 89-90 Published:London Transport 1978

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