The Great War 1914 – 1918
During the air raids of the Great War the crypt of this church was used as a shelter for 2000 people. A volunteer patrol kept guard day and night. In the midst of peril We came to no harm.
Thanksgivings service in crypt Jan 28, 1919.
We thank God For our safe keeping
Stephen Charles Rees-Jones, Vicar
As you can tell from the photograph, this modern plaque is extremely difficult to read, especially the last line. It's possible that it was erected on the centenary of the thanksgiving service, i.e. on 28 January 2019.
This is the first memorial we have found to an air-raid shelter where the people "came to no harm".
Site: Holy Trinity Church, Cloudesley Square - WW1 (1 memorial)
N1, Cloudesley Square, Holy Trinity Church
The church was built 1826-9 to the design of Sir Charles Barry. The west end (in our photo) of this church is a copy of Kings College Chapel Cambridge. No longer used as a church it is (or will be soon) the multi-functional Cloudesley Centre.