Streatham Soapbox - July 2014

100 years ago this August the First World War broke out. Three men from Streatham won the Victoria Cross during hostilities, one the Military Cross and at least three were awarded the Military Medal for bravery and valour under fire during the war.

After four years of fighting, 720 men from Streatham had died in the war. Several folk here in Streatham were injured and died as well, as the worst Zeppelin attacks of the war fell on Streatham and south London.

In 1922 General Sir Charles Munro unveiled the War memorial in the grounds of The Chimes manor house (now Albert Carr Gardens) to honour Streatham’s servicemen and women whose lives were lost in World War 1.

In 1959, the commemoration of those whose lives were lost in the Second World War was also added to the memorial’s purpose. A book of remembrance with the names of the fallen was kept at Immanuel and St Andrews Church but was later moved to the Streatham Library.

With the refurbishment and reopening of the library, apparently it can no longer be found. This is a disgrace that must be set right!

We feel a permanent memorial to the people of Streatham who gave their lives so that we might be free to publish, assemble, worship (or not), read what we like, speak freely and choose our government is not asking too much.

In partnership with the Streatham Society and others who wish to join in, we would like to open the debate on how best to express our remembrance as a community. We have some ideas but would also like to hear yours.

Please go to our consultation page and have your say and later this year we will organise public meetings around this.

Watch this space!