Plaque: St Peters Eaton Square - Austin Thompson
Here in this porch died Austin Thompson, priest, vicar of this parish 1916 - 1941 Prebendary of St Pauls. Killed by enemy action on the night of 16 April 1941. Whilst firewatching on every night of peril he ministered to his people in the crypt of this church.
Pray for his soul ye who pass by.
That last phrase "Pray for his soul..." is surely a quotation but we can't source it.
Site: St Peters Eaton Square (4 memorials)
SW1, Eaton Square, St Peters
The 4 memorials recorded at this site are related as follows: the same WW2 bomb that killed Austin Thompson also demolished the WW1 memorial. This lost memorial (no image) was replaced with two memorials: the seat, and then, later, the plaque with the list of names.
The two plaques are in the porch, behind the columns. The seat is visible to the far right of our photo, through the railings.
Designed in the classical style by architect Henry Hakewill in 1827 this church was enlarged in 1875. Following serious damage by an arsonist in 1987 the interior was redesigned and the church, reopened in 1991, is now extremely light and airy.
There is one more memorial on the outside of this church, at the back, to its daughter church St John's, Wilton Road.