United Kingdom National Inventory of War Memorials
 The Imperial War Museum

The Wright Family Wedding Party and Camberwell Victims of War

Our Ref: 55310

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Address

Camberwell Green
Camberwell
GREATER LONDON
England
SE5
 
Type:Pillar/Column
OS Map Ref:TQ 325 767

Inscription

UPPER PLAQUE: In memory of the people/ of Camberwell who died/ or suffered in War/ This memorial stands above the Air Raid/ Shelter where a wedding party lost their lives/ on the afternoon of 17 September 1940./ Sidney and Patricia Wright had just married/ and were celebrating in the nearby 'Father/ Redcap' Public House with family and friends./ During an air raid, they sought refuge in the/ shelter which was directly hit by a bomb. All/ members of the Wright family and four other/ people were killed./ May they, and all victims/ of War, rest in peace

LOWER PLAQUE: Bodies recovered from the Air Raid Shelter/ on 18 September 1940:/ Wright family/ Bride and Groom - Patricia and Sidney (aged 21)/ Sidney's parents - Elizabeth and Sidney (aged 48)/ Sidney's sisters - Dorothy (aged 19) Mary (aged 18)/ Elsie (aged 13) Joyce (aged 10) and June (aged 8)/ Nora Flaherty (aged 19) Lear Nadel (aged 58)/ Emma Ross (aged 48) and her son Stanley Ross (aged 14)

Components

ComponentMaterial(s)HeightWidthDepthCondition
PILLARSTONE - LIMESTONE (KILKENNY)   Good
PLAQUEBRASS   Good
PLAQUEMETAL   Good
TABLETGRANITE - CORNISH   Good

Physical Description

Small stone pillar. Attached to the front face is a brass plaque bearing the main dedication. Directly in front, placed into the paved area surrounding the memorial, is a smaller plaque attached to a stone tablet which bears the names of those whose bodies were recovered from the air raid shelter.

Wars Commemorated & People Remembered

WarSecond World War Civilians
Total names on memorial:13
Served & Returned0
Died13
Is this an exact count?Yes, an exact count
How are the names ordered?Not known
What information is listed on the memorial? surname, forename, age of death, relationships
Do we hold a list of names on the memorial?Yes
WarNon-Specific Conflict
Total names on memorial:0
Served & Returned0
Died0
Is this an exact count?Yes, an exact count
How are the names ordered?Not known
What information is listed on the memorial?None
Do we hold a list of names on the memorial?No

Maintenance

Are the letters difficult to read?No
Who is responsible for the memorial?

Maintenance History:

Ceremonies

Date:18 September 2007
RolePerformed By
UnveilingMAYOR OF SOUTHWARK
Dedication Local Clergy/Dignitaries

Sponsorships

Sponsorship Type:None
Did this include a trust or scholarship?No
Did this include a roll of honour?NOT APPLICABLE
Cost of Site:Not known
Cost of Memorial:Not known
Comments on Costs:

Funding from Camberwell Community Council.

Craftsmen

NameOccupation
Hamish HorsleySculptor

References

Co-ordinator's Comments:

The memorial stands on a spot above the air raid shelter.

Comments: 
Photographs:14
Other Documents:Information sheets produced by Southwark Council
Form / Letter:F
Negatives:No
Drawings / Plans:No
Minutes:No
Press Cuttings:2
Publication NameAuthorDate PublishedPage / DateOther Information
Southwark News  21 / 10 May 2007 
Southwark News  8 / 06 September 2007 
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