Rededication of the St Leonard’s WW1 Memorial
By John Brown, The Streatham Society
To commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War, St. Leonard's church is to reinstall and rededicate its War Memorial. This large wooden monument lists the names of 113 men of the parish who lost their lives whilst serving in the armed forces between 1914-18.
Miraculously, the tablet survived the fire that gutted the church in 1975 as, at the time of the conflagration, it had been temporarily placed in the crypt pending its re-erection in the church. For many years the memorial remained hidden beneath the church until it was recently re-discovered during renovation works, and since then it has been exhibited at the church’s annual Remembrance Day Service.
The Rector of Streatham, the Revd Canon Anna Norman-Walker, said the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War provides an ideal time to re-erect the memorial in the church. "2018 gives St. Leonard’s the perfect opportunity to reinstall the monument as a permanent reminder of the sacrifice made by the men of Streatham in one of the most horrendous conflicts of the 20th century.
"The re-dedication service will be held at 10.00am on Sunday November 11th and I extend a warm invitation to all those who would like to attend the Service to join us for this special occasion.