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Willesden bus garage WW1 memorial

Willesden bus garage WW1 memorial Willesden bus garage WW1 memorial

Erection date: 10/11/1920

Inscription

{Either side of the badge of the London General Omnibus Company:}
1914  1918
Erected by the staff of Willesden Garage to honour the memory of their fellow workers who gave their lives in the Great War.
{a list of 55 names in two (approximately alphabetic) columns, preceded by two names, each with "MM", and followed by one name, Kreppell "(killed in air raid)"}
No greater honour hath man than he who gave his life for his country.

"No greater honour..etc." is surely a quotation but we cannot source it.

Site: Willesden bus garage WW1 memorial (1 memorial)

NW10, Willesden High Road, Metroline

These two maps, 1915 map and 1937 map, show this large L-shaped garage. A 1893 map shows the site vacant. 

London Transport Museum has a photo of this plaque being unveiled.

From War Memorials Online : "During works to the bus depot the memorial was damaged as it fell off the wall and shattered. A like-for-like replacement was commissioned to ensure those remembered by the memorial continue to be commemorated. A like-for-like replacement respects the design chosen by those who commissioned the memorial to remember their colleagues. The replacement memorial matches the original in materials, size, design and inscriptions and is fixed in the original location. All fixings used were non-ferrous and with appropriate resin; no cement was used in attaching the memorial as it is an inappropriate material in this situation. The original memorial was made by T.J. Jordan and Sons."

From Imperial War Museum we learnt that the original memorial was damaged during building works in February 2010. The War Memorial Trust funded an exact copy which was made by Kenwood and Sons Stonemasons of Greenford, and placed in the original location, in 2011.

Our transcription of the names was done after that date so we just hope the list of names on the memorial was correctly recreated.

This section lists the subjects commemorated on the memorial on this page:
Willesden bus garage WW1 memorial

Subjects commemorated Information

World War 1

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

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Frank Kreppel

Worked at Willesden Garage and killed in a WW1 air raid. The war memorial out...

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E. A. Allen

Worked at Willesden Garage and killed in WW1.

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W. H. Ansell

Worked at Willesden Garage and killed in WW1.

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H. F. Ayres

Worked at Willesden Garage and killed in WW1.

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This section lists the subjects who helped to create/erect the memorial on this page:
Willesden bus garage WW1 memorial

Created by Information

Kenwood and Sons

Stonemasons of Greenford. Made the replacement 2010 WW1 memorial at Willesden...

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London General Omnibus Company

Transport company. It was originally an Anglo-French enterprise, also known a...

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T. J. Jordan and Sons

Made the 1920 WW1 memorial at Willesden bus garage.

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