The Men of The Wrythe Memorial Event, Saturday, 15th July 2017

One of the largest community events to be staged in the borough this year will take place in the Wrythe area of Carshalton on Saturday July 15. It marks the unveiling of a new memorial to commemorate the local men that sacrificed their lives in The Great War.

Everyone is invited to attend a unique remembrance event to honour ‘The Men of the Wrythe’.
“This will be a fitting tribute to the 245 soldiers that signed up to serve in WW1 from just four streets on the Wrythe: St Andrew’s Road, St James Road, St John’s Road and William Street,” said Chair of Wrythe Memorial Events, Dick Bower. “In those days, the Wrythe was an ‘outlying portion’ of Carshalton village with 195 tiny cottages, occupied by very large and poor working families. They had no running water and had to use a communal pump. There were five small shops, one public house and two beer houses and cows grazed in the fields where the petrol station now stands.”

Many of the men did not return and 45 of those who died will be commemorated by a new cross to be unveiled on the Wrythe at a public ceremony on the morning of 15th July, thanks to the initiative and commitment of the St Helier, The Wrythe and Wandle Valley Local Committee.

“The event has been arranged by members of your local community. We should like to thank all the performers and stallholders for their support. We want to pay tribute to the men whose names appear on the cross. Please help us to honour their memory and make this a day to remember,” Dick added.

Programme of the day’s events
All the events will start at 12 noon and finish at 5pm.

Join us in the marquee on Wrythe Recreation Ground for:
o 12:00 Band of the Surrey Yeomanry
o 12:45 Songs from around 1917, performed by ‘Songs on Wheels’
o 13:30 A talk by local author and WW1 researcher, Andrew Arnold
o 14:15 Retro tunes from twin singers, Rob and Anthony Scales
o 15:00 A big band from the Surrey Yeomanry
o 15:45 The Impromptu Choir
o 16:30 Musicians playing tunes popular 100 years ago

On the Rec you will also find the Carshalton Charter Fair for 2017, a traditional-style Punch and Judy show for children and vintage children’s games run by the Circle Residents’ Association near to the children’s playground at the top of the park.

Other must-see attractions are: an exhibition of the Circle Library’s Research on the Men of the Wrythe, and a specially commissioned sculpture of a war veteran and display of poppies by Hackbridge Primary School.

Also on offer are free guided walks round the Wrythe, led by local historian John Phillips, to point out sites of historical interest. Ask at the marquee for further details.

Refreshments will be on sale. A special attraction is a vintage beer, brewed for The Hope according to a genuine 1914 recipe from Page and Overton, the brewery that supplied The Cricketers, the pub that used to stand on The Wrythe.

At Carshalton High School for Girls you can see the world première of The Roughs of the Wrythe, a new play by Ann Pattison (Chair of Sutton Writers), based on research carried out at the Circle Library and directed by Dick Bower (President of Sutton Amateur Dramatic Club). Performances will be held in the school hall at 1:30pm and 3:30pm. Tickets for the play, price £2, are available on-line at tickets for the show are available at or from The Hope, Wrythe Newsagents and, on the day, a stall on the Rec. The ticket price includes a souvenir programme.

At Carshalton Athletic Football Club, there is a tea dance in The Robins’ Nest from 12-3pm, followed at 3pm, by a retro-style football match between a Carshalton Athletic Youth Team and a team from Carshalton High School for Boys.

Sutton prepares to remember


Sutton residents are being invited to commemorate Remembrance Day in the borough.

Sutton Council’s official Civic Act of Remembrance for Armistice Day marking the end of the First World War will take place in Trinity Square on Sutton High Street on Friday 11 November. The ceremony will begin at 10.30am with the Mayor of Sutton Cllr Richard Clifton, the Mayoress and the Deputy Mayors, Cllr Steve Cook and Cllr Nali Patel, in attendance. Members of the public are invited to attend and join in the observance of the two-minute silence starting at 11am.

The council’s Civic Offices will also be marking the two-minute silence. All staff and visitors to the building off the High Street will be advised when it starts and ends so they can observe it with respect.

Cllr Ruth Dombey, Leader of Sutton Council, said:

“Armistice Day is a chance for us to pause and remember all of those who made sacrifices serving their country. A century ago young men and women of this borough were prepared to give up their lives for freedom and we must never forget their courage. I invite everyone who can to join us on Friday and honour the sacrifice made by these brave servicemen and women on our behalf.”

The Day of Remembrance is held nationally each year on the nearest Sunday to 11 November. The year Remembrance Day Services will be held throughout the borough on Sunday 13 November, with the main Civic Service being held at Holy Trinity Church, Maldon Road, Wallington. The service to remember those who gave their lives for us in serving our country starts at 10.30pm, with the Mayor and Mayoress both in attendance, as will members of the Royal British Legion and the Boys Brigade.

There will also be a service of remembrance by the War Memorial in Manor Park. The 10.30am service to formally pay tribute to all those who have given their lives in the service of this country will be conducted by the Rev. Justine Middlemiss, Rector of St Nicholas Church in Sutton.

Members of the Royal British Legion, the Scouts, Guides, Beavers, Sutton Police Cadets and the Boys Brigade will be present, and Sutton Music Service is sending a young trumpeter to play ‘The Last Post’.

Wreaths will be laid at the War Memorial by the Manor Park Friends Group, Sutton Local Committee and the Sutton & Cheam Rotary Club.

At Trinity Church in Cheam Road, Sutton the Remembrance Day service starts at 10.30am and is led by the Rev Dr David Dickinson. The preacher will be the Rev Dr William Beaver, Chaplain to the Light Cavalry, Honourable Artillery Company in the City of London.

Centenary of the Battle of the Somme Commemoration 1st July 2016

Union JackThere is a lot happening in Sutton to mark the centenary of the First World War. Sutton Council’s World War One Steering Group meet regularly to decide ways the borough should remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice all those years ago.

July 1 2016 marks the hundredth anniversary of the Battle of the Somme. July 1 1916 was the bloodiest day in the history of the British Army – on the first day of the Somme Offensive alone the British Army suffered over 60,000 casualties.

Groups from across the borough are combining to deliver a unique act of remembrance for those that died in the Somme Offensive. In the days running up to Friday July 1 2016 and on the day itself a range of commemoration events will acknowledge the sacrifice of those from across the borough and nationwide who died or were injured.

At 8pm on Friday 1 July 2016 an act of remembrance organised by Carshalton and Wallington Royal British Legion will take place at Carshalton War Memorial. The event begins at 8pm and is open to ex-service personnel and the public. During this event the church bells at All Saints, Carshalton, will ring half muffled and these will be joined by bells from St Dunstan’s Cheam which will also ring half muffled in honour of fallen and stricken soldiers. The bells of All Saints, Benhilton, will already have signalled this event by earlier in the week ringing their own tribute.

The event is open to the ex-service personnel and the public. The Mayor and other local dignitaries and members of the Royal British Legion will pay tribute with a short act of remembrance at 8pm. During this event the church bells at All Saints, Carshalton, will ring half muffled and these will be joined by bells from St Dunstan’s Cheam which will also ring half muffled in honour of the fallen and stricken soldiers.

The bells of All Saints, Benhilton, will signal the commemoration by ringing their own tribute. As darkness descends attention will turn to the facia of St. Helier Hospital where the borough’s unique collection of glass plate images of soldiers who left from this area to go to war will be projected. The projection will start at 9.30pm and will run for one hour. Photographer David Knights-Whittome’s shop was at 18 High St, Sutton and the complete Past On Glass collection can be viewed by clicking here.

A special exhibition featuring works by local artists will be on display at Carshalton’s Honeywood Museum from Wednesday 22 June honouring the memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice on the fields of Picardy a century ago. Acid Drop Copse was a wood in the battlefields of the Somme, destroyed by the war and named by the soldiers after the boiled sweet they knew from home. The art collection was inspired by this name and, like the confection, is a complex mixture of bitter and sweet surprises, promising to make for a diverse and thought-provoking exhibition. Sculpture, metal casting, encaustic art, oil painting, print-making, ceramics, floristry, collage, and contemporary jewellery are all represented in this extensive and thought-provoking collection. Learn more about this exhibition on the Honeywood Museum website here.

Sutton vows it will never stand by

Sutton Council marks Holocaust Memorial Day on Wednesday 27 January with special event at Sutton Grammar School

– Holocaust survivor Mrs. Eve Gill gives moving speech to attendees

– Theme of 2016’s event was ‘Don’t Stand By’

– 27 January marks anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz concentration camp in 1945

Sutton Council marked this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day with a special commemorative event featuring a moving speech from Holocaust survivor and Cheam resident Mrs. Eve Gill.

Among those present at Sutton Grammar School on 27 January to hear Mrs. Gill’s story unfold were the deputy leader of Sutton Council, Cllr Simon Wales, and the Mayor of Sutton, Cllr Muhammad Sadiq, as well as schoolchildren and religious representatives from the borough.

Eve Gill was born in Vienna, Austria and lived there until 1938 when the Nazis annexed her country. Her father was soon interned in the notorious Dachau concentration camp as the atmosphere grew ever tenser.

Eve managed to get a place on one of the Kindertransports, the trains that carried thousands of child refugees fleeing Nazi persecution in occupied Europe to sanctuary in the UK, and was given a home in Glasgow. Eve’s father survived his internment and eventually moved to the UK to rejoin his family.


Mrs. Eve Gill speaks at the Holocaust Memorial Day event on Wednesday 27 January.

Eve Gill said:

“It was a frightening time. I was fortunate. I got out. Many others did not. We must make sure to never to be complacent. This must never happen again. Britain is my home and I love it here. Recent stories about anti-Semitism here and in Europe worry me. We must never be the ones to stand by.”

Eve married an Englishman and has remained in the UK ever since arriving. However her experiences during the darkest hours of European history have never left her.

Cllr Simon Wales, Deputy Leader of Sutton Council, said:

“Holocaust Memorial Day is itself an example of not standing by – it enables us all to lead the way in resolving not to be bystanders. Anti-Semitism, racism and hate crime have not gone away, but every one of us can make a difference in our own communities. We can all challenge prejudice and discrimination if we see and hear it in our schools, workplaces or civic spaces. The next big challenge will be for us not to stand by when Syrians and others displaced by war and strife come to us for help. After Mrs. Gill’s speech, a short series of presentations from students at Sutton Grammar School highlighted the effects of more recent genocides, including those in Rwanda and Darfur.”

“First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out – because I was not a Socialist. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out – because I was not a trade unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out – because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me – and there was no-one left to speak for me.” Martin Niemöller, victim of Nazi persecution, quoted at the event.

Sutton sends message of solidarity to its twin town of Gagny, Paris

vivelafranceSutton stands in solidarity with Gagny, Paris.

The London Borough of Sutton has been twinned with Gagny, a north-eastern suburb of Paris, since 1974.

The Mayor of Sutton, Cllr Muhammad Sadiq, has sent the following message of solidarity to the Mayor of Gagny, Michel Teulet, following Friday evening’s terrorist atrocities in the centre of Paris that left 129 people dead and hundreds more injured.


Cher Monsieur le Maire,

On behalf of the entire London Borough of Sutton, I am writing to you to express our sincere condolences with regards to the barbaric terrorist attacks in Paris.

These sickening, violent and tragic attacks aim to divide, ignite and promote hatred. These extremists will never succeed.

Our towns were twinned 40 years ago with the purpose of building a relationship, which has since grown and flourished, and to promote peace. Our solidarity has never been stronger and we stand shoulder to shoulder with you all.

The thoughts and prayers of the whole community in the London Borough of Sutton are with all of you; those who were brutally killed and injured, their families and friends, the brave who protect the lives of others by putting themselves at risk, and the entire French nation.

We stand in harmony with the entire world and are Praying for Paris.

Nous sommes solidaires avec vous.

Kindest regards,

Muhammad Sadiq

Mayor of Sutton

Lest we forget: Sutton residents invited to identify long-lost relatives from World World I in astonishing collection of vintage photographs

Private Harold Dickman Mims of the 4th Battalion, Dorset Regiment lived at Bosworth, Egmont Road, Sutton and was killed in action on 27 September 1918, at the age of 22. Harold is buried in Sains-Les-Marquion British Cemetery and is commemorated on the Sutton War Memorial.

Sutton residents are being invited to go online and see if they can spot any of their relatives from World War I in an amazing collection of Edwardian and pre-war photographic glass-plate negatives.

Run by Sutton Council’s Archives Service, the Sutton Archives project, can be seen here and hereIt is an astonishing collection of more than 10,000 glass-plate negatives by local photographer David Knights-Whittome, who owned shops in Sutton and Epsom from around 1904 until 1918, that was rescued from the basement of a high-street shop, having been untouched for 100 years, that is now stored at Sutton Library.

The collection contains hundreds – or perhaps thousands – of WW1 soldiers in uniform, a lost generation of men and boys who either lived in the area or were stationed locally before their postings. Work to date has already uncovered images of a number of men whose names are listed on local war memorials.

The Sutton Archives project has had some really positive reactions to its research. On seeing the image of Private George Leonard Ingram of the 25th Battalion (Tyneside Irish), Northumberland Fusiliers, his family contacted the Archives project and said:

“Thank you for posting this. George is my maternal grandfather. My mother, Nora (known as May) sadly died three years ago, aged 96. She would have been so pleased to have seen your blog.”

Carshalton Central ward Cllr Jill Whitehead, Chair of the Environment and Neighbourhoods Committee at Sutton Council, said:

“The Sutton Archives is an extraordinary historical record of local and national importance. Finding these plate-glass negatives must have been like discovering Egyptian King Tutankhamen’s tomb in the Valley of the Kings as the riches of history are etched upon them.

“We hope that Sutton residents will visit the archives project online and see if they recognise a great, great, great grandfather or grandmother, uncles and aunts, and relatives who lost their lives in the Great War but whose images have been captured for posterity by David Knights-Whittome a century ago.”

In March 2014 Sutton Archives was awarded £95,900 by the Heritage Lottery Fund to enable the cleaning, digitisation, research and cataloguing of the vast collection of glass-plate negatives.

Work began last December and around 3,500 plates have been cleaned, rehoused, digitised and catalogued. More than 200 of the individuals depicted have been researched. The work is largely done by a team of dedicated volunteers who have put more than 1,200 hours of their own time into rescuing and rediscovering this material. Without their help, it would be impossible to make the material available.

As well as documenting thousands of local residents, the glass-plate photographs depict local and regional schools, colleges and theatre groups, social events such as weddings and house parties, grand country houses and other institutions from across the UK and the Continent.

David Knights-Whittome also held a Royal Warrant and photographed the Royal family, including Edward VII, George V and Edward VIII, in formal portraits and at house parties. He also photographed royalty in Portugal and Copenhagen.

Anyone interested in volunteering for the project should contact Project Officer Abby Matthews at or phone 020 8770 4746

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Dr. W. S. Danks lived in York Lodge, York Road, Sutton. He enlisted at the beginning of the war and was taken as a German prisoner of war while attending wounded soldiers on the battleground and survived the war after drawing lots among fellow prisoners for release.

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Flight Lieutenant Charles Anstey Narbeth RNAS lived at Ferndale, Grove Road, Sutton. He was photographed on 9 February 1917.

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Private Victor Douglas Alexander Deuchar
 of the East Surrey Regiment lived at 9 Weihurst Gardens, Carshalton.

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Lieutenant Kenneth R. D. Fawcett of the Royal Navy lived at Camden House, Benhill Wood Road, Sutton. He was mentioned in despatches “for valuable service during operations in Petrograd Bay” in 1919 aboard HMS Voyager.

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Private George Leonard Ingram of 25th Battalion (Tyneside Irish), Northumberland Fusiliers (formerly of the Royal West Kent Regiment) lived at 4 Bell Cottages, Ewell Road, Cheam. He was killed at the Battle of Arras in 1917 and is commemorated on the Cheam War Memorial.

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G. Merheim Esq
 lived in Carshalton Park Road, Carshalton. He served with the Royal Fusiliers and later the Royal Engineers.

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Nurse Rose Letitia Berkley
 lived at “Harcourt”, Christchurch Park, Sutton and was a VAD Nurse for the Red Cross.

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Sutton prepares to remember

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Poppies grow on the WW1 battlefields of Northern France.

Sutton will play host to a range of events commemorating this year’s Remembrance Day.

Sutton Council’s official Civic Act of Remembrance will take place on Wednesday 11 November. The ceremony in Trinity Square on Sutton High Street will begin at 10.30am with the Mayor of Sutton Muhammad Sadiq and Deputy Mayor Joyce Melican in attendance. Members of the public are invited to attend to join as they observe the two-minute silence starting at 11am.

The Civic Offices will also be marking the silence. All staff and visitors to the building will be advised when it starts and ends so they can observe it with respect.

Cllr Ruth Dombey, Leader of Sutton Council, said:

“Armistice Day is a chance for us to pause and give thanks to those who have made sacrifices serving their country.

“Just one hundred years ago young men and women of this borough were prepared to give up their lives for freedom – we must never forget their courage. I invite everyone who can to join us on Wednesday and honour our brave servicemen and women.”

Sutton Life Centre Library will host a talk by Toby Brett-Young on the importance of Remembrance Day starting at 7pm on Wednesday 11 November.

Finally, All Saints Church in Carshalton will be the venue for the debut of A Great War Oratorio on Saturday 21 November. This exceptional show will feature local musicians, actors and singers performing an especially-written oratorio which will focus on Sutton’s experiences during World War 1.

Tickets cost £5 and can be ordered from

A stamp for British hero Sir Nicholas Winton


Sir Nicholas Winton was a true British hero.

The man dubbed Britain’s Oskar Schindler passed away this month at the age of 106. He organised eight trains to take 669 unaccompanied children from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia to safety in London.

He also helped to find foster families for the youngsters once they arrived in England but, in a mark of his incredible humility, did not speak about his astonishing bravery for half a century.

He was rightly honoured in his lifetime including with a knighthood from the Queen and a statue in his home town. But his name and the lesson that one person can make a difference even in the face of overwhelming evil, must live on. The rare honour of a Royal Mail stamp would help to achieve that while at the same time being a fitting tribute to Sir Nicholas.

Without Sir Nicholas, hundreds would not have lived and thousands more would not have been born. As Alf Dubs, one of those saved, wrote in the Guardian: “Nicky Winton was truly a special human being. A lesser person might have said: “It’s too difficult, not my problem.” He could easily have walked away but didn’t. I shall miss him dreadfully, as will the hundreds whose lives he saved as well as their children and grandchildren.”

David Cameron described Sir Nicholas as “a great man” whose humanity must never be forgotten while broadcaster Esther Rantzen said: “Not only did he save a generation of Czech Jewish children from the Holocaust, but he was a visionary who inspired thousands of today’s young people to believe that one person can really make a difference. He was far too modest himself to recognise that he was a tremendous force for good.”

“Sir Nicholas Winton was an incredible man whose selfless and courageous actions saved 669 children from the Holocaust. Anyone who has heard of him has learnt something about standing up against injustice. He was rightly recognised for his actions during his lifetime and this is a fitting tribute to ensure that his legacy will continue – we are delighted to be working with the Jewish News on this initiative.” – Karen Pollock MBE, Chief Executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust

We can think of few others so deserving of a Royal Mail stamp. Please join the Jewish News in calling for this British hero to be recognised with a special stamp from the Royal Mail. The more support this campaign attracts the better chance we have of succeeding.

Sir Nicholas may have shied away from the ‘hero’ tag. For us he was the very definition of the word.

The Mayor of Sutton says: “We Remember…”

Sutton's Mayor Muhammad Sadiq

Sutton’s Mayor Muhammad Sadiq

The Mayor of Sutton, Cllr Muhammad Sadiq, said:

“Thursday 7 July 2005 began as an ordinary day like any other, but that did not last long. Within the space of an hour during the morning rush hour 52 people lost their lives and more than 700 were injured in explosions set off by suicide bombers at four sites across central London. 

“For those who lost loved ones that day, memories will be particularly painful on this tenth anniversary day. As a nation, we remember all of those who died and were injured that day, as well as their families and friends. This shocking and dreadful act of terrorism was an attempt to fan the flames of hatred and division across our nation. But it failed because instead it brought together people of all faiths and none to stand up to the evil of terrorism in all its guises and not allow themselves to be cowed by it. “I am proud to have represented the borough of Sutton at the service of commemoration at St Paul’s Cathedral as the service was an opportunity to show solidarity with the families of the bereaved and injured, and a chance to reflect on the strengths of living in a truly multicultural society and nation. I am pleased that all staff in all council offices across the borough observed the one minute’s silence too.

“The 7/7 bombing should not have happened. The recent events in Tunisia so close to the tenth anniversary remind us that we must endeavour to ensure that such atrocities never happen again.”