World War 1

Civilians of Streatham – Remember Them Too!

By: Lee Alley, with John Brown

In November we celebrated Remembrance in the largest civic memorial service in Lambeth at the Streatham War Memorial. Every year I’m asked what the solemn dark-grey obelisk behind the crowd is. It’s the statue to the civilians of  Streatham who died in conflicts over the years.

Sadly they’ve become an afterthought of community memory as they played a key role defending the country. As someone who found himself in the middle of two wars in the past 25 years, and lost good friends in each, this isn’t something I say lightly.