Lewisham Metropolitan Borough and Lewisham Battalion Royal West Kent WW1 & WW2 War Memorial
Lewisham Metropolitan Borough War Memorial

High St

UKNIWM Ref: 12279

OS Map Ref: TQ 380 750

Map: Memorials of Lewisham Map

Type: Stone Obelisk or Cenotaph

Lewisham Battalion Royal West Kent War Memorial

To the Memory of Lewisham Heroes 1914 – 1918 and 1939 - 1945

On each pier is inscribed:
These piers were erected to the memory of the officers and men of the 11th Lewisham Battalion, of the Royal West Kent Regiment who fell in the Great War

Description: The memorial takes the form of a cenotaph or obelisk on a square pedestal rising from an octagon platform of 3 tiers, standing in the centre of a circular paved space. It is situated in a garden area by the end of Lewisham Park Road. The entrance from the high street has 2 stone piers on either side, which were erected in the memory of the 11th Lewisham Battalion.


Foundation Stone: Laid November 1920 by the Mayor Councilor Chiesman, who stated that it commemorated some 1500 of of the 1/4th London Brigade RFA and 20th Battalion London Regiment [whose head quarters were situated in the Borough [See Holly Hedge for memorial] who headed the list in recruiting for artillery and infantry units respectively. His worship also announced that after the cost of the memorial had been met, the balance would be divided between the 2 hospitals in Lewisham Borough St Johns Morden Hill and South Eastern Hospital Sydenham.

It was dedicated and unnveiled on the 7 May 1921

World War II Addition of Plaque: Unveiled 11 November 1949 by Councillor GRD Bradfield LCC JP

Wars Commemorated: First World War and Second World War

Designer: Mr. E.A. Stone

Kentish Mercury 16 April 1920 p.4, 23 April 1920 p.9 and 13 May 1921 p. 7 (photo p. 9). Lewisham Journal 11 November 1943

Other References:
Gregory, R.R.C & Nunn, F.W. The Story of Lee, London, 1923 photograph facing p. 385

Note: The site was given by the Earl of Dartmouth and the Lewisham Park Trustees.

Names: No Names are entered on this memorial only the above inscriptions and the Borough of Lewisham's Arms above the inscription on the base


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