It is among the most evocative of war memorials. A plaque on the outside wall of a north London terrace listing the names of ten local men who died in the First World War - the inscription now barely legible.
The plaque is on College Lane, which runs parallel to Highgate Road - and which is the longest street I know of in this part of London which doesn't front a road. I've written about the memorial before but new information is to hand - thanks to one of the residents of College Lane - which I am keen to share.
The memorial is unique in London - reputed to be the only wall mounted commemoration of the dead of the Great War. And back in 2000 the Camden New Journal published the findings of an amateur historian, Carl Crane, who had done some delving into the stories of those listed on the plaque. All the information here come from Carl Crane's research - and I've posted the article below.
The ten men all served in the Borough of St Pancras-based 19th London regiment - and all were killed on the battlefields of France and Belgium or died of wounds suffered there. Several have no war grave. And their names - well, there were nine privates or similar grade:
+ John Albert Powell Sayers
+ Fred Britcher
+ Charles James Manning
+ William James Cecil Stratton
+ Douglas Walter Barrett
+ Henry James
+ Percy Robert Leahey
+ Charles Henry Biggs
+ William Henry Turner
And one sergeant - (I think I've located a photograph of him - watch this space!):
+ Alfred Herbert Stanton
Every remembrance day a resident of College Lane places a poppy on the memorial. What a nice touch!
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