Ilford War Memorial Gardens to be given protected status

Ilford War Memorial Gardens. Picture: Ron Jeffries

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Historic gardens created in honour of soldiers who lost their lives in the First World War could receive a “deed of dedication”.

It would mean the area, in Newbury Park, would not be used for anything other than its current purpose.

The plans, put forward by Redbridge Council, are part of a nationwide scheme by Fields in Trust.

Cllr Dev Sharma, cabinet member for civic pride, said: “The memorial gardens are not just a place of tremendous civic pride and a Green Flag park, they represent the sacrifice of those who gave their lives for this country.

“We think it is incredibly important that their memory continues to be recognised in the future.”

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The council’s health, social care and civic pride service committee will consider a report at its meeting on August 27 which recommends completing the deed of dedication for the area.

The memorial and gardens were unveiled on 11 November 1922 by H.R.H. Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll.

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It is thought there was a referendum with the local people and donations were collected to fund a memorial garden, a monument and a memorial hall. The hall formed part of a children’s hospital ward adjacent to the memorial gardens.

The bronze soldier was created by sculptor Newbury Trent dedicated as a memorial for the fallen in the First World War.

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