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IN MEMORY: Watford war memorial renovated to honour victims of bomb attack

 Published on: 5th September 2023   |   By: Darius Morgan   |   Category: Uncategorized

The Second World War Sandringham Road Memorial at North Watford Cemetery has been renovated.

The memorial commemorates the 40 innocent lives lost during a devastating German bomb attack in the Second World War, with 12 of those who lost their lives buried in the cemetery.

Taking place on the 79th anniversary of the tragic event, the renovation pays tribute to the victims and honours their memory. The bombing claimed the lives of 40 people in Sandringham Road on July 30, 1944. Sixty-four individuals were injured and extensive damage was caused.

To honour the victims and the community spirit that emerged in the wake of the destruction, a communal funeral was organised for the fallen victims. In August 1950, a memorial was erected on Sandringham Road, serving as a solemn reminder of the sacrifice made by those who were killed.

Watford Borough Council is aiming to preserve the memory of this historical event through the renovation of the memorial, which was completed by Kenward and Son.

The renovation has also been led by the local Greenhill family, organisers of a local memorial group who support its maintenance. Their involvement stems from the proximity of their own family’s resting place and wanting to honour those who lost their lives. Motivated by their connection, the family engaged with the council to explore avenues for enhancing the memorial.

Elected Mayor of Watford Peter Taylor said: “The impact that the Second World War had on our town was enormous. The renovation of the memorial is an important way to continue to remember those who lost their lives that day, as well as the terrific community spirit of the town when residents came together to rebuild Sandringham Road.”

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