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Town or City: Dulwich
County: Greater London
Country: England
WMT Reference Number: WM1620

Value of grant: £10000.00
Type of memorial: Freestanding
Type of work: Restoration
Grant scheme: English Heritage/Wolfson Foundation Grants
Year: 2009

UKNIWM reference number: 16212

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Dulwich cross © War Memorials Trust, 2010This war memorial is a Latin cross made from white Carrara marble. The shaft is fixed onto a square plinth and stepped base. The inscriptions are incised and filled with lead.

The war memorial is located in the grounds of Dulwich Community Hospital, East Dulwich Grove, London, SE22 8PT.

Grants for War Memorials gave a grant of £10,000 towards this project, lead by Southwark Primary Care Trust and the Dulwich Society on behalf of local people. The war memorial had been previously dismantled sometime in the 1950s to make way for the redevelopment of the hospital entrance road. It was packed away for many years at Grove Park Hospital and forgotten about. Around 2005 the steps and plinth of the memorial were discovered and returned to Dulwich but the cross and shaft were missing.

The main part of the project was to design a replacement cross and shaft based on historical photographs found by a local historian. The shaft was fixed onto the original plinth and steps which were set into new foundations.

Dulwich Community Hospital was originally called St Saviour’s Union Infirmary and Dulwich cross © War Memorials Trust, 2010was a hospital for those in the workhouse. It was requisitioned as Southwark Military Hospital in 1915 to treat World War I casualties. Between 1915 and 1919, around 14,000 servicemen were treated. The war memorial was probably unveiled shortly after World War I and commemorates the 119 men that died at the hospital.

The inscription reads:

“To the memory of
the non-commissioned
officers and men
of the armies of the British Empire
who died for freedom and honour
in this hospital Dulwich cross © Southwark PCT, 2009
during the Great War
1915 -1919”

Further information

War Memorials Trust reference WM1620
UK National Inventory of War Memorials: 16212

If you have a concern about this memorial please contact the Trust on conservation@warmemorials.org

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