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Memorial details

Memorial type
Board / Plaque / Tablet
District
Camden
Town
Camden
County
Greater London
Country
England
Commemoration
Second World War (1939-1945), Second World War - civilians
Lost
Lost
WM Reference
93383
Previous locations
  • 56
    Metropolitan Police Station
    Tottenham Court Road
    Camden
    Camden
    Greater London
    W1
    England

    OS Grid Ref: Undefined
    Denomination: Undefined
Description
Rectangular wooden board, with a Metropolitan Police badge at top-centre, flanked by the dates 1939 and 1945. Beneath is the inscription commemorating 6 officers from Tottenham Court Road Police Station who died in World War 2. (Whilst the memorial's inscription does not state how the 6 casualties died, "The Metropolitan Police At War" book published 1947 indicates that two of them died as civilians, in the course of Police duty, the remaining four died serving in the RAF. One of the civilian casualties, WPC Bertha Massey Gleghorn, was the first female UK Police Officer to die on duty. She is also commemorated on an individual memorial, see our reference WMR 93387).
Inscription
1939 1945/ IN HONOURED MEMORY/ OF/ THOSE FROM THIS STATION/ WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN/ THE WORLD WAR/ (NAMES)/ "AT THE GOING DOWN OF THE SUN/ AND IN THE MORNING/ WE WILL REMEMBER THEM"
Inscription legible?
yes
Names on memorial
Drayton, V
Evans, H
Gleghorn, B
Kirkpatrick, R
Vaughan, J
Wilson, V
See details for all 6 names
Commemorations
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
    Total names on memorial: 4
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 4
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Police rank, collar number, initials, surname
    Order of information: Alphabetical by surname
  • Second World War - civilians
    Total names on memorial: 2
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 2
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Police rank and collar number, initial and surname
    Order of information: Included in the single alphabetical list
Components
  • Board
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Wood
Condition
History
Tottenham Court Road Police Station closed in the 1990s. What became of the memorial is currently unknown.
Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Responsibility
Metropolitan Police
Reference

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