Remembering the Chiswick V2, 8 Sept 2014

Every September since 2004 the Society has quietly laid flowers at the V2 memorial in Staveley Road. On the 60th anniversary of the first V2 landing in Britain in that year, we worked with members of the Battlefields Trust’s London branch to create a memorial to those who died in Chiswick on that occasion. As this year marks 70 years since the V2 landed, we would be pleased if others wished to join us when we lay our wreath at 6.15pm on 8 September and remember those who were killed.

Rosemary Clarke

Rosemary Clarke

Rosemary Clarke, aged 3, died in her cot in a front bedroom at number 1 Staveley Road. According to her slightly older brother, who survived, she was suffocated by the blast but had no sign of injury on her body.

Ada & William Harrison, Chiswick V2

Ada & William Harrison

Ada Harrison of number 3 Staveley Road died in the blast; she and her husband, William, ran three confectionery and newsagents’ shops in Chiswick, one on the corner of Park Road by Chiswick Station. Her name appears in the Roll of Honour of the Civilian War Dead 1939-1945 compiled by the Imperial War Graves Commission and placed in Westminster Abbey. Ten people were seriously wounded, amongst them William Harrison, who died soon afterwards.

Sapper Bernard Browning

Sapper Bernard Browning

Sapper Bernard Browning, whose family lived in Elmwood Road, was on leave. He was on his way to Chiswick station, to travel to visit his girlfriend, when he was killed by the blast. He was buried in his family’s plot in the cemetery down the road. The white headstone marks this out as a war grave because he died while on active service.

Find out more about the Chiswick V2 here

Outing: The Town and Port of Chichester, 26 July 2014

Chichester Cathedral from the South West circa 1797 by Thomas Girtin 1775-1802This year’s outing for Society members will again provide a town study. We will explore the town of Chichester and visit Itchenor to see the harbour. There will be time to explore on your own in the morning – to see the town walls, the Cathedral, the grid pattern of old streets, a Georgian suburb, and Pallant House Art Gallery or the new museum, The Novium.We will provide background notes and meet up after lunch for the town study. The coach will take us to Itchenor for tea and cake at The Ship.

The ticket price of £26 includes the coach fare and the tea. The coach departs at 8.45am from Heathfield Terrace/Chiswick Main Post Office and returns about 7pm. A booking form has already been circulated to members and should be sent with SAE and cheque to The Chairman, 25 Hartington Rd, London W4 3TL.

Annual General Meeting, 19 May 2014

7.30pm at Chiswick Memorial Club, Afton House, Bourne Place, W4
The meeting will include a review of the past year’s activities and accounts. Journal 23 will be issued to members on this evening; copies will then be posted to those unable to collect their copy in person.