Memorial: Islington war memorial arch - foundation stone at the right
Erection date: 27/11/1923
Opened by HRH the Prince of Wales KG on the 27th of November 1923.
In 1923 the Prince of Wales was Edward, who later became, briefly, King Edward VIII.
Site: Islington War memorial arch (3 memorials)
N7, Manor Gardens
The two plaques refer to the construction of the new Royal Northern Hospital Casualty Department, July - November 1923. The building itself was created as a war memorial, with a list of the fallen inside an arch.
This arch is all that remains of all the hospital buildings that used to be in this part of Manor Gardens: the Nurses Home, St David's wing and the Casualty Department. Even this structure has not been left alone. We can't find an image of the arch as originally built but the second floor is of a more recent design.
October 2021 email from Barry Jenkins, email@example.com Dear Sir/Madam, Good afternoon. Just wondered if you have any details on the following Great War casualty who was born in Islington: 27493. Private John Edward McMurdie 2nd. Battalion Princess Charlotte of Wales’s (Royal Berkshire Regiment) 25th. Brigade 8th. Division. Battalion disembarked at Le Havre on 5th. November 1914 Formerly 1459. Private Army Cyclist Corps Born 1893 in Islington, Middlesex Enlisted in Mill Hill, Middlesex Lived in Islington Killed in Action on Sunday 4th. March 1917, aged 24 during Operations on the Ancre Lost Without Trace. No Known Grave Commemorated on Pier and Face 11D of The Thiepval Memorial to The Missing Somme, France Son of William McMurdie and Elizabeth Jordan (formerly McMurdie) of 3 Dagmar House, Dagmar Terrace Islington, London He may be Commemorated in Islington’s Book of Remembrance and perhaps his name is inscribed on the Royal Northern Hospital Arch (Islington War Memorial Arch). If so, in either case, would someone be kind enough to email me images of same please? The reason I ask is because I have his Memorial/Death Plaque in my possession. Look forward to hearing from you. Thanks and kind regards, Barry Jenkins.