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#1 PersonalBest

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Posted 10 December 2008 - 10:53 AM

I stumbled across a simple, moving memorial to heroes of the French Resistence in West Norwood recently.

It's a sun dial on a black plinth with a low wall and seating. Buildings on the 1960s(?) housing estate are named after individual heroes.

Does anyone know if the location (roughly east of the West Norwood Cemetry) is significant?

It was a suprise to find it in West Norwood as opposed to central London.

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Posted 10 December 2008 - 02:40 PM

You'd kind of expect it to be in Stockwell - Violette Szabo and all that.

Edited by RachelF, 10 December 2008 - 02:48 PM.

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Posted 10 December 2008 - 10:50 PM

Can you describe exactly where it is - I'd like to visit it.

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Posted 02 June 2009 - 10:40 AM

I wandered to have a look at this the other day. I was also suprised to see that it was for the French resistance.

I'm struggling to get anymore info on why it is here as well.

The exact location is almost opposite "recycling depot" on the grass area. The roads around it are St Gothard Rd, Carnac St and Hamilton Road. The Bricklayers arms is near it as well.

If anyone can find any info that would be brilliant :-)

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Posted 02 June 2009 - 07:41 PM

An update.....

The memorial is for the "Fallen resistance heroes of Vincennes"

A French friend has informed me this is an area of Paris. Each of the names below has a road named after them in that area of Paris and there are some mentions of them fighting for the FFI. As to the connection to the area around St Gothard road I am unsure.

The plaques read

"47 died during deportation"
"Marcel Dufresnoy - Killed in Combat"
"Georges Huchon - Died Buchenwald" (a concentration camp)
"Gilbert Clerfayt - Killed in Combat"
"Robert Giraudineau - Executed"
"Henry Liger - Kiled in Combat"
"36 killed in Action"

Searching the names aboves gives some details on a French website called www.plaques-commemoratives.org

http://www.plaques-c...9154043345/view
http://www.plaques-c...3-05.9196615351

Hopefully those links work.

#6 chuchill

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Posted 02 June 2009 - 09:17 PM

images and info can be found on the lambeth landmark web site, v.e day celebration ,vincennes estate , west norwood

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Posted 02 June 2009 - 10:36 PM

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