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Memorial details

Memorial type
Board / Plaque / Tablet
District
Waltham Forest
Town
Walthamstow
County
Greater London
Country
England
Commemoration
Second World War - civilians
Ceremony
  • Unveiled
    Date: 19 April 2018
    Attended by:
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
76525
Current location

Beacontree Avenue/Belle Vue Road junction
Walthamstow
Waltham Forest
Greater London
E17 BT
England

OS Grid Ref: TQ 38942 90432
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
Black marble tablet with ARP Badge at each top corner bearing incised gilded inscription. Set in stone block surround.
Inscription
FIRE GUARDS / IN MEMORY OF / OUR DEAR NEIGHBOURS / WILLIAM ARTHUR SHADBOLT / AGED 34 YEARS, OF BEACONTREE AVE / SIDNEY JOHN LEE / AGED 50 YEARS, OF BEACONTREE AVE / EDWARD MANNING / AGED 57 YEARS, OF BEACONTREE AVE / WHO TRAGICALLY LOST THEIR LIVES ON 19TH APRIL 1941 / WHILST ON DUTY PROTECTING OUR COMMUNITY DURING WW2 / "TO LIVE IN THE HEARTS WE LEAVE BEHIND IS NOT TO DIE"
Inscription legible?
yes
Names on memorial
Lee, Sidney John
Manning, Edward
Shadbolt, William Arthur
See details for all 3 names
Commemorations
  • Second World War - civilians
    Total names on memorial: 3
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 3
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Firstname, surname, age, address
    Order of information: Undefined
Listing information
Condition
Costs

Comments: Ex-Fireman and one of the originators of the Memorial, Neil Pearce recorded in 2018 "This all started 2 years ago when I was chatting to my dear friend and neighbour, Bill Howard, and he told me the story of how his Father was part of a Fireguard team during WW2. His Father also William had been on duty, fire watching on the night of 19th April 1941, he had just changed shifts with his colleagues and had returned home to Carnanton Road. He heard an explosion and he rushed back to Beacontree Avenue and discovered that his 3 colleagues had been killed by a German Parachute mine. I suggested to Bill, that perhaps we should get some sort of plaque or memorial in place, to remember their sacrifice. Having served in the London Fire Brigade for 29 years, this subject was dear to me, Through generous contributions from neighbours, we were able to unveil this beautiful memorial."

Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Sponsorship
Public
Details: Local people

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