On 9 November at 10:45am, over 200 schoolchildren and members of other local community groups will gather at St George the Martyr church, opposite Borough tube station, to remember the contribution the people of SE1 made to World War One. We will remember local figures such as Arthur Henry Cross, who left the Douglas Buildings on Marshalsea Road to fight in the trenches, and in 1918 won the Victoria Cross before returning to spend the rest of his life in the Borough. There will be singing, music, poetry and drama, much of it specially composed for the occasion. Children are already making their own banners with peace pledges to recognise the ways in which, in 1918, people sought to build a lasting peace.
But there is one important part of SE1 history which we need your help to remember. In 1922, Major George Howson, founded The Disabled Society. From its factory in St. James’ Road, just off the Old Kent Road, ex-veterans began to make poppies. Production soon moved to Richmond, but we want to make sure that the history of that first factory is not forgotten. And so, this autumn, we want to help as many people as possible in SE1 to make poppies for themselves:
- We want to remember those who made sacrifices in SE1 during the war
- We want to fill St George's church with poppies to help those present on 9 November to remember the sacrifice made by people 100 years ago.
- We want to bring communities together to help build peace today.
We have a number of primary schools and community groups (a toddler group, a mental health support café, a elderly persons day care centre, a local community café) keen to make poppies. But we need the money to provide the resources and help make this a reality.
£10 helps us make poppies with 10 people: can you help us reach our goal and create a fitting memorial to those people in SE1 who sacrificed so much 100 years ago?