Memorial service for fallen pupils of the former local school
Since the closure of Wandsworth School in Sutherland Grove which was demolished in the late 90s, various war memorial plaques from WW1 and WW2 were either lost or destroyed. Over the last few years however, the Trustees of the Old Wandsworthians Memorial Trust have conducted a search for more information and recently they uncovered news clips and articles that have enabled them to have a new plaque created in memory of the fallen.
St Cecilia’s School Wandsworth was built on the old grounds earlier this century and the Headmaster of the new school has agreed to the Trust erecting the new plaque inside the School building to be seen by pupils, staff and visitors on a daily basis.
The Trust is now planning to hold a Memorial Service for the 152 former pupils and staff of Wandsworth School, who made the ultimate sacrifice in the two World Wars. The Service will be held on July the 8th.
The original services, noted below, were held at the Wandsworth County School, Sutherland Grove, Southfields and the Bishop of Kingston and senior military personnel attended both ceremonies:-
World War 1 – (95 fell) unveiled by the Bishop of Kingston on the 9th November 1929.
World War 2 – (54 fell) unveiled by the late Air Chief Marshal Lord Dowding on the 11th November 1949.
If you think you are related to any these men and wish to attend this service too, please contact them by writing to the secretary at:-
Mr L Herbert
PO Box 9059
Or Email: Leswands@gmail.com
Please go to the following link www.old-wandsworthians-trust.com/wandsworth-school/roll-of-honour. Here you will find both Roll of Honour Lists for WW1 & WW2.
The memorial service will be held on Wednesday from 3pm on July 8th 2015 at St Cecilia’s School Wandsworth. The service will be conducted by the Rt Revd Dr Richard Cheetham, Bishop of Kingston and Lord Dannatt GCB CBE MC DL, is representing the armed forces, who will be unveiling the plaque.
July 3, 2015