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St Matthias Stoke Newington war memorial - plaque

Inscription

To the glory of God and in pious memory of parishioners and members of the congregation who fell in the Great War 1914-1919, the crucifix in the church enclosure is erected.
{An alphabetic list of 186 names in 4 columns. See Subjects commemorated for the names.}

{At the end of the last column:}
Killed in air raids
{A list of 7 names. See Subjects commemorated for the names.}

While almost devoid of decorative elements this plaque is extremely legible and long-lasting with lettering that is a pleasure to read (not something that can be said of all plaques, even, especially, those made today).

Site: St Matthias Stoke Newington war memorial (2 memorials)

N16, Wordsworth Road, St Matthias Church

This church, designed by William Butterfield, was completed in 1853. In 1867 Rev. Le Geyt's high church tendencies sparked strong protests: the vicar being shouted at during the service, mobs surrounding the church and shouting "Attack the church" etc. and causing the police to be called out to protect the vicarage.

Bombs on 5 January 1941 totally destroyed the vicarage and the church suffered severe damage, especially to the roof. Following significant restoration work by architect Nugent Cachemaille-Day the church was reopened in 1954.

You can chart the recent restoration of this plaque (by Antique Bronze of Highgate) on Google Street View: it's shown unrestored until April 2019, when the wall is shown empty. The plaque reappears, restored, in September 2020. Whilst researching this we noticed a rather lovely light effect on the window opposite the church.

Sources: church website, Wikipedia, St Matthias Halls.

We are not particularly short of stature but to get all the names on this plaque we had to return with a stool on the back of the bike to give us the extra height to see over the wall. By chance, our standing on a stool peering over the wall coincided with playtime at the primary school next door. Sure enough - a teacher came out to question our activities.

The cross, barely visible from the road, is in the church grounds immediately to the north, right of this church.

This section lists the subjects commemorated on the memorial on this page:
St Matthias Stoke Newington war memorial - plaque

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World War 1

We'd always assumed that this war was known as the Great War until WW2 came a...

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Henry Amer

A parishioner or member of the congregation of St Matthias, N16, who died in ...

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Harry James Ashton

A parishioner or member of the congregation of St Matthias, N16, who died in ...

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Harold Broadley Atkins

A parishioner or member of the congregation of St Matthias, N16, who died in ...

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Joseph Richard Bacon

A parishioner or member of the congregation of St Matthias, N16, who died in ...

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This section lists the subjects who helped to create/erect the memorial on this page:
St Matthias Stoke Newington war memorial - plaque

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William Bainbridge Reynolds

Art metal worker and an architect. Born Chelsea.  He became very successful a...

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This section lists the other memorials at the same location as the memorial on this page:
St Matthias Stoke Newington war memorial - plaque

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St Matthias Stoke Newington war memorial - cross

St Matthias Stoke Newington war memorial - cross

This cross is "the crucifix in the church enclosure" referenced by the headin...

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