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Permanent war memorial unveiled at St Pancras

A four-metre-high memorial has been unveiled at St Pancras to commemorate the station workers who left to fight and die for their country during World War I and II.

Unveiled on the eve of the centenary of the end of WWI, the permanent artwork sits on St Pancras’ Grand Terrace, close to the location of bomb damage from two prominent air raids on the station in 1918 and 1941.

The raid that took place in 1918 claimed the greatest number of casualties suffered in any air raid on a London station during WWI.

Photo: HS1.
Photo: HS1.

Job titles of those who worked at St Pancras and left their work to fight and die for their country feature on the memorial.

The memorial is the station’s first and was created by artist Fabian Peake. He said: “When I discovered the Midland Railway Book of Remembrance, I was fascinated with the list of occupations. It really brought home that these were ordinary people, just like you and me, doing jobs that we still do today but they went to war and did not return.”

Artist Fabian Peake alongside his work of art. Photo: HS1.
Artist Fabian Peake alongside his work of art. Photo: HS1.

Plans were in place to erect a memorial at St Pancras following WWI but a lack of funding in 1921 meant this never happened.

In future the monument will mark the location of the station’s annual armistice memorial.


Read more: Train, tram and Tube operators mark centenary of WWI Armistice


 

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