This Remembrance Sunday it has not been possible to gather for public acts of remembrance in the usual way. I laid wreaths at several of the memorials in my constituency of Dulwich & West Norwood. Our history is rich, varied and full of many moving collective and individual stories.
The memorial in the garden of St Stephen’s South Dulwich commemorates parishioners who lost their lives in both world wars.
The memorial at Herne Hill station was installed last year by the Herne Hill Society to remember residents of Herne Hill who died in WW1, the culmination of a history research project involving students from Charter North Dulwich which uncovered individual stories street by street.
The sundial memorial on the Vincennes Estate commemorates those who served with the French Resistance during WW2 including Violette Szabo an extraordinary young woman from Lambeth who was murdered in the Ravensbruck concentration camp.
The African and Caribbean War Memorial on Windrush Square in Brixton commemorates the thousands of men and women from Africa and the Caribbean who served with British armed forces in WW1 and WW2.
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