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Memorial: Islington War memorial arch - names
War Memorial


To the memory of those Islingtonians who made the supreme sacrifice in the great war, 1914 – 1919.
{List of 1,337 names}

Through the gate we can see the war memorial with a long list of names, most nicely picked out but some damaged by what looks like damp. It was so dark that our photos failed so we are grateful that London Lately had one on their interesting "now and then" page about this building.

A memorial event is held here annually on Remembrance Sunday, and apparently it is intended, in due course, to make the archway accessible to the public.

The original WW1 memorial consisted of the whole Casualty Department building including this arch and the list of names that it contains.  When that building was demolished (by 1997) this arch was saved, and the plaque on the outside that explained the whole-building nature of the memorial was salvaged and erected in the nearby public garden. Inside the arch is the more standard war memorial but, now part of a private residential development, this is not accessible. Islington’s Book of Remembrance has provided the text that we can just glimpse through the gates, but not the list of 1,337 names.

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, 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.

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This section lists the subjects commemorated on the memorial on this page:
Islington War memorial arch - names

Information Subjects commemorated

World War 1

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This section lists the other memorials at the same location as the memorial on this page:
Islington War memorial arch - names

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Islington war memorial arch - foundation stone at the left

This stone was laid by the Lady Patricia Ramsay on the 12th of July 1923.

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Islington war memorial arch - foundation stone at the right

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