Remembering heroes this weekend

Published: 7 November 2018

Wandsworth will remember the men and women who have given their lives in the service of their country this weekend.

This year Remembrance Sunday has an added poignancy as it falls a hundred years to the day of the end of the first world war. Wandsworth Town Hall will be lit up in red to commemorate the anniversary.

Last week the Mayor of Wandsworth Cllr Piers McCausland urged residents of the borough to support the 2018 Poppy Appeal. The council is a keen supporter of the appeal and has arranged for poppy collection boxes to be placed around the town hall.

The mayor will be attending a service on Remembrance Sunday at St Mary’s Church, Battersea. Meanwhile the Deputy Mayor, Cllr Jane Cooper will be attending a service in St Mary’s Church, Putney.

Ahead of the church services, local dignitaries and ex-servicemen and women will lay wreaths at their respective war memorials and a two minute silence will be observed at 11am in memory of the fallen.

Following the laying of wreaths, there will be parades through both Putney and Battersea involving veterans and representatives from the Royal British Legion, Burma Star Association, Royal Naval Association, army, air force and sea cadets and the Scout Movement, as well as current servicemen and women.

The Battersea parade will begin at St Mary's Church just after 11am and finish in Battersea High Street. In Putney the parade will pass along Putney High Street and into the Upper Richmond Road, where the salute will be at Wandsworth County Court.

Other services and commemorative events will be held around the borough this weekend. These include the Tooting Armistice 100: Remembrance Tea on Saturday. St Nicolas Church will be open for afternoon tea, with displays and presentations of photographs and poetry from the time of the First World War. The Remembrance Garden will be open for visitors, the church tower bell will be tolled for each of those in Tooting named on the parish memorial who sacrificed their lives and there will be poppy-making craft activities.

Also on Saturday, the Summerstown 182 Walk of Remembrance will tell the stories of local heroes on the streets where they lived. It starts at 11am from St Mary’s Church, Keble Street, Summerstown.

On Sunday, Balham Remembers will see members of the Balham community come together to honour the memory of local people who lost their lives. There will be processions and a two-minute silence at Bedford Hill Place at 11am.

In Southfield at 3pm on Sunday a special service and Act of Remembrance for all local residents will take place at St Paul’s Church and at the War Memorial, Inner Park Road, to honour local men who lost their lives in the First World War, and other wars. 

In Putney the WASPS of London Scooter Club will be holding their annual Ride Of Remembrance on Sunday. One of the biggest organised vintage scooter ride outs in London, the scooters will meet at the Star and Garter Pub on the Lower Richmond Road from 10am. They will be selling the usual poppy merchandise, as well as special edition patches, badges, and scooter leg shield banners. All proceeds from the merchandising will go to the Royal British Legion.

In Roehampton Holy Trinity Church will be holding a service at 10am and will be presenting wreaths at the war memorial at 11am. The names of the fallen in the first and second world wars will be read out and the Last Post and Reveille will be played. 

There will also be an event on Roehampton Playing Fields, Doverhouse Road, Putney, including a collection for the Shooting Star Chase Christmas appeal. Go along from 10.30am.

On Monday at Battersea Library,there will be a Wandsworth at War drop-in session between 2pm and 5pm.  See a selection of archive material relating to Wandsworth in World War I and talk to Heritage Service staff about the borough’s archive collection.

For more information about the work of The Royal British Legion visit its website at