The fifth annual WW1 Centenary exhibition at St Michael & All Angels Church is now open, telling the stories of those named on the Bedford Park war memorials in Chiswick. It will be open until Friday November 30th, from 11am to 5pm Monday to Saturday, before and after services and at some other times.
The 2018 exhibition focusses on those who died in 1918, but there are many stories from previous years too. The display includes panels devoted to Violet Long OBE, the only woman on our war memorials, who drowned when the ambulance ship she was on was torpedoed; Lieutenant Derek Lutyens, nephew of Edwin Landseer Lutyens, the celebrated architect; and Captain Charles Wilson, son of the first vicar of St Michael & All Angels.
Alongside the exhibition, there is a display of over 500 poppies knitted by the congregation – and 10 silhouette soldiers awarded under the There But Not There programme (below).
Bedford Park residents living in addresses associated with those in the Exhibition are also remembering them.
– There is a soldier silhouette on Bedford House in The Avenue, W4, in memory of Lt Col George Koberwein Fulton DSO. Click the link to read his story on the church’s WW1 Project website, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
– And there are poppies on the gate of the St Michael & All Angels Vicarage. Two sons of the Rev Alfred Wilson, first vicar of St Michael’s, died in World War 1: Capt Charles Edgar Andrew Wilson and Second Lieutenant Laurence Wilson. Click the links to read their stories.