Two wreaths of seasonal flowers were placed at the V2 memorial in Staveley Road, Chiswick, on 8 September at the actual time of the V2’s devastatingly destructive landing – 18.44. The Society has brought flowers every year since the unveiling of the memorial, a joint project of the Society with the Battlefields Trust, in 2004.
This time four members of the Society were accompanied by Liam Shaw who has been tracing V1 and V2 incidents across London; we invited him to lay the Society’s wreath. You can read Liam’s blog here.
Liam Shaw lays the B&CLHS V2 wreath
We were delighted to welcome, quite unexpectedly, the 5 grandchildren of Ada Harrison who died in the blast at no 3 Staveley Road. (Mr & Mrs Harrison ran a newsagents and sweetshop called The Bonanza on the corner of Park Road and Burlington Lane, whch now forms part of the Co-op store).
The grandchildren had come from many different parts of South East England to bring their own wreath of crimson flowers. They had not known their grandmother – only one of them was alive in 1944, as a small baby – but they felt that the 75th anniversary was a significant date on which to commemorate her, making it a very touching occasion.
L to R: James Wisdom (B&CLHS chairman), Liam Shaw (V2 researcher), the Harrison grandchildren: Rita Alexander, Barbara Wilsher, Chris Donoyou, Paul Harrison-Cox and Peter Harrison, with B&CLHS members Jane Nissen, George Nissen and Val Bott
Details of our autumn programme will be mailed to members
at the end of August. The meetings will take place on Mondays
16 September, 21 October, 18 November and 16 December 2019
at the Chiswick Memorial Club, Bourne Place, London W4 2EL
7.30pm, Monday 20 May 2019,
at the Chiswick Memorial Club,
Bourne Place, London W4 2EL
Following the business meeting there will be short talks by 3 members. Janet McNamara will share details from the diary of a Brentford girl shortly before World War I, Christabel Ames-Lewis will present reminiscences of Marion Wenbourne (1917-2018) who came with her family to Chiswick in 1925, worked for Cherry Blossom and stayed to a ripe old age, and Val Bott will give a short talk on the fields which became Harvard Hill Park.
The new Brentford & Chiswick Local History Journal 28 will be distributed to members on this evening; copies will be posted to those unable to attend.