War memorial plaque unveiled at Rosendale estate
In memory of three residents killed during WW2
A memorial plaque in honour of three residents killed during World War Two has been officially unveiled at our Rosendale Road estate in Herne Hill.
Estate superintendent John Bryant, 57, his wife Georgiana, 63, and Annie Wellington, 70, were killed during a bombing raid on the estate in the autumn of 1940.
Win Wilson has lived on the Rosendale estate for 78 years, and is one of a few residents that still remember the Bryant family:
"They had just returned from church, and took refuge in their air raid shelter when the bombing started. They were a lovely couple, the sad thing is they would most likely have survived if only they had remained in their home. It’s fitting that we now have this memorial so that they can be remembered."
Rosendale Road is home to one of several war memorials marking both military and civilian deaths in wartime on Peabody estates. During the First World War (WW1) the tenants set up a "Tommy and Jack Fund" to collect donations, used to provide gifts and supplies for the soldiers. The Fund had sufficient money left at the end of the war to spend over £200 on a lych gate, which lists the names of 35 men from the estate who died in active service in WW1.
We are building 12 new homes and a community centre on the estate, and agreed to fund the plaque, which was officially unveiled by chief executive Stephen Howlett and Sharon Turner, Secretary of the West Dulwich Tenants Association. The ceremony was attended by residents, Peabody staff and local councillor John Whelan.
Stephen Howlett said:
“I am honoured to unveil this plaque, which reminds us of the great sacrifice made by Peabody residents and staff who have died in conflict. It is especially poignant as we approach the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War, a landmark anniversary for Britain and the world.
Sharon Turner said:
“I would like to thank everyone for coming especially Stephen Howlett, and Councillor John Whelan, who has been very helpful to many tenants over the years. I would also like to thank Peabody for donating the funds for this plaque. I am incredibly pleased that it meant so much to many Rosendale residents, especially those who still remember the three that were killed.”
We are planning a number of special events to commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of WW1, and we'd like to hear from residents who have stories about relatives who were involved in the conflict, and also life on Peabody estates during this period. If you'd like to contribute, please contact us via the form below.