The Battle of South London

The Battle of South London

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Below is an extract from The Dulwich Society Website

The Unveiling of WW2 Commemorative Plaques

As reported a year ago, the Dulwich Society plans to commemorate those sites in and around Dulwich where there were significant civilian deaths during World War Two.  Twelve sites have been identified and each will have an engraved stainless steel plaque as a marker.  The plaques will bear the names, ages and date of each fatality and whether it was as a result of an air-raid, a V1 Flying Bomb or V2 rocket attack.

The unveilings are spread roughly throughout the year and are set at dates nearest to those of the incidents themselves.  Dr Kenneth Wolfe, The Dulwich Society’s vice-chairman has kindly agreed to conduct a short ceremony at each unveiling.  Where considerable loss of life occurred, surviving relatives will be invited to read out from the list of names.

The ceremonies will commence at Court Lane on Sunday 6 January 2013 at 12noon  where 7 people were killed by a V2 rocket on 6 January 1945, followed on Saturday 12 January  2013 at 12 noon by the commemoration of those killed in two air-raids in the area of Melbourne Grove, Lytcott Grove, Lytcott Gardens and Playfield Crescent.  The first was on 16th September 1940 when 9 died and the second on 17th January 1943 when 11 died. Details of succeeding unveilings, which commence from April will be published several months in advance in the Journal.  A full account of the incidents being marked in January 2013 will appear in the winter edition of the Journal and will be reprinted from contemporary newspaper reports.

The Executive Committee would like the Membership to make known these commemorations, in order that as many surviving relatives as possible might be present.  If any member would like to assist personally, either in stewarding, handling enquiries or in circulating information about the unveilings, such assistance would be welcomed.  Please email the Editor ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) with any offers of help.

The full list of dates for the unveilings in 2013 is as follows:

  • Court Lane SE21: 7 killed on 6 January 1945.  Installation 6 January 2013
  • Melbourne Grove, Lytcott Grove, Playfield Crescent SE22: 20 killed in 2 incidents – 16 September 1940 & 17 January 1943.    Installation  12 January 2013
  • Burbage Road SE21: 8 killed in 2 incidents – 17 April 1941 & 22 June 1944.  Installation : 13 April 2013.
  • Rosendale Road & Lovelace Road SE21: 6 killed in 2 incidents – 23 June & 1 August 1944. Installation: 23 June 2013
  • Woodvale SE23: 14 killed on 6 July 1944.     Installation 6 July 2013
  • Park Hall Road SE21: 3 killed on 4 July 1944. Installation 7 July 2013
  • Lordship Lane SE22:  23 killed on 5 August 1944.   Installation 4 August 2013.
  • Albrighton Road, Wheatland House shelter SE22: 29 killed on 9 September 1940.  Installation: 8 September 2013
  • Quorn Road, Goldwell House SE22: 6 killed on 15 September 1940.  Installation: 15 September 2013
  • Woodwarde Road SE22:  3 killed on 24 September 1940.     Installation date: 22 September 2013
  • Dovercourt Road SE22:   4 killed on 19 October 1940.   Installation 19 October 2013.
  • Friern Road & Etherow Street SE 22: 24 killed on 1 November 1944.  Installation: 2 November 2013

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8 Responses to The Battle of South London

  1. Peter F Wood says:

    My grandparents, on my mother’s side, lived in Lytcott Grove and were killed during an air raid (I believe the bombs were parachuted land mines) on, I think, 16 September 1940. Their names were Oliver and Sarah Pitches and they lived at No 5a. There bodies were found after the raid at No 7 which has never been explained to me. Where can I find out more about the circumstances that surrounded the whole bombing incident – can anyone throw some light on this matter please?

    • John Chinery says:

      Hi Peter, Perhaps you could try The Imperial War Museum in London or The National Archives. Maybe your Grandparents unfortunately were visiting there neighbours at no 7, a very sad story, hope you are able to find out more. Best Wishes, John

    • Helen Segura says:

      Hello Peter, Oliver and Sarah were my great grandmother’s grand nephew and niece. I would appreciate you letting me know if you have any more information about the circumstances of the bombing.
      Thank you for taking the time to answer.
      Best regards,

  2. Julie Osborne says:

    I have been researching my family tree and although I have always been told that most of my paternal grandmother’s family had been killed in an air raid, it wasn’t until today that I have found more details. They were the Hinton family (5 members) who were killed on 16th September 1940 in Lydcott Grove (along with Peters family).
    I will try the Imperial War Museum and The National Archives as you have suggested to Peter to find more details.
    I will also plan a visit to see the plaque that has been erected in their memory – this I can imagine will be quite emotional.
    Maybe Peter and I could share our findings at some point?
    Best wishes

  3. Jennifer Petrou says:

    I was four years old when I was bombed out in Talfourd Road, Peckham. I would be interested to know what happened, I was told it was the 14th of October

    • Bernard North says:

      Thats interesting Jennifer,
      I believe my Mother was also bombed out of Talfourd Road. She was born in 1934 so would have been just a few years older. She died a few years ago.
      I always thought it strange she hadn’t been evacuated because she was at some point, presumably later,

      Thanks for your info.

  4. linda cardiff says:

    Does anyone know anything about the death of Percy John C Newitt in June 1943 in Camberwell?

  5. Dave Livett says:

    I am a nearly 80 y.o. living in Brisbane Australia. Born in Apr 1939 and living with my parents and maternal gr mthr at 245 Underhill rd East Dulwich. Too young to recall the B of B and the subsequent blitz of 40/41 I was brought back from evacuation just as the f/bomb campaign began. Reading the history attached, I think it quite possible I was being taken for a walk in Peckham Park when fbs fell on either Colyton Road or Nunhead as described, I recall being terrified by sight and sound of the wretched things-never mind the subsequent explosion. Years later during the Cuban Missile crisis i recall thinking that was bad enough but not nearly as bad as what might be coming our way shortly.

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