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Lewisham war memorial Lewisham war memorial

Credit for this entry to:
Alan Patient of www.plaquesoflondon.co.uk

Obelisk: Lewisham war memorial

Erection date: 7/5/1921

Inscription

{On the obelisk plinth, beneath the coat of arms of the former Metropolitan Borough of Lewisham with the motto 'salus populi suprema lex' (the welfare of the people is the highest law):}
In memory of all Lewisham people who lost their lives 1914 - 1918 and 1939 - 1945.

{On a free-standing urn at the base of the obelisk:}
Womens (sic) Section E&C Lewisham Branch British Legion
We will remember them

{On the two piers in front of the obelisk beneath the badge of the Royal West Kent Regiment with the motto 'invicta' (unconquered):}
These piers were erected to the memory of the officers and men of the 11th battalion Royal West Kent Regiment who fell in the great war.

The Lewisham War Memorials website says that the inscription on the main memorial reads:
'To the memory of Lewisham heroes 1914 - 1918 and 1939 - 1945', and also that a plaque with the addition of World War II was unveiled on the 11th November 1949. Although this addition is probably what is now on the obelisk, the original one certainly couldn't have referred to '1939 - 1945'

E&C Lewisham on the urn stands for East and Central Lewisham.

The same inscription appears on both of the piers, although the left hand one is badly worn. Perhaps a more recent copy was made on the right hand one, or that one has been restored.

Site: Lewisham war memorial (5 memorials)

SE13, Lewisham High Street

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World War 1

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11th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment

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Lieutenant Richard Jones VC

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Major Francis Harvey VC

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Private John Lynn VC

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