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Enfield Council to create lasting memorial to fallen war heroes

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02 August 2017

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A permanent memorial to the servicemen from Enfield who died in conflicts around the globe since the end of World War Two is to be erected.

- Enfield Council to install plaque to commemorate servicemen from the borough who have died in conflicts since World War Two
- Plaque will be attached to Enfield Town Memorial in Chase Side
- Book of Remembrance will accompany plaque and contain the names of the fallen

A permanent memorial will be erected to the servicemen from Enfield who died in conflicts around the globe since the end of World War Two.

There has been no national funding for building new war memorials since the years following the end of World War Two and any organisation wishing to build a new memorial would have to fund the entire project, including buying land and maintaining the site in order for one to be constructed. 

However, after working closely with representatives from local armed forces veteran’s groups, Enfield Council has agreed to add a plaque to the Enfield Town memorial to commemorate the servicemen and women who have been killed in the service of their country since 1945 so they can be remembered in the same way as their colleagues who died in World War One and World War Two on Remembrance Day (November 11).

The plaque will read ‘To commemorate members of HM armed forces from Enfield who gave their lives in the service of their country in all conflicts since World War Two.’

Enfield Council will also create a Book of Remembrance with the details of the fallen in it to provide a permanent memorial of all those who have died in the service of their country, and where they were killed, since the end of World War Two.

To complete the Book of Remembrance, Enfield Council and veterans’ organisations spent months researching the names of servicemen from Enfield who have died in the service of their country in conflicts such as the Korean War (1950 - 1953), The Malayan Emergency (1948-1960), The Suez Conflict (1956), The Falklands War (1982), Northern Ireland (1969 – 2007) and Afghanistan (since 2001).

Local armed forces veteran’s representatives John Mitchell and Brendan Farrell have been instrumental in helping the council develop its plans and ensure a fitting tribute is created.

John Mitchell from the Suez Veterans Association and served in the Suez Canal Zone between 1951 and 1954 said, “I welcome the announcement of a bronze plaque commemorating members of HM Armed Forces from Enfield who died in all conflicts since World War Two and it is fitting that it be mounted on Enfield’s War Memorial.”

Chairman of the Royal British Legion Enfield Branch Holtwhites Hill, Brendan Farrell added, “We are proud to be involved with this new memorial plaque, dedicated to those from Enfield who since World War Two, whilst serving in HM Armed Forces, died in various conflicts around the world.

“We owe them a lasting peaceful world for all to live in.”

Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Daniel Anderson, said: “We have a duty to remember all those who gave their lives for their country and I am delighted that Enfield Council will be formally commemorating the sacrifice and bravery of all those servicemen who died doing their jobs in far flung locations around the globe.

“The living owe it to those who can no longer speak to tell their story for them, failing to do so means we fail to learn the lessons of history and we will repeat the mistakes of the past.

“We want to create a world where we no longer need to send our young men and women around the globe to fight and resolve conflict. Instead we need to work with our partners throughout the world to build lasting peace, prosperity and accord across all nations.”

The names in the Book of Remembrance are currently being finalised but if residents want to add more names to it they should contact Enfield Council’s Local Studies Library by emailing.

A short film about the new plaque can be viewed here.