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Remembering Herne Hill 1914-18 : Fawnbrake Avenue residents

The outstanding Herne Hill memorial website  was formally made publicly available just this weekend.

It is a volunteer-led project telling the story of those from Herne Hill who served and died in the First World War, as well as other residents who suffered.

There is no traditional memorial to all Herne Hill’s World War I dead.

The database, which currently contains about 350 records (though more names are emerging all the time), has been compiled and edited by the Herne Hill Society with help from the students of the Charter School, North Dulwich, and other local people.

The 100th anniversary of the Armistice was commemorated at a short, well-attended and moving Armistice 2018 ceremony at Herne Hill Station on Sunday morning. Our local Councillors were present.

Colin Wight (HHS), Cllr Becca Thackray, Cllr Jim Dickson, David Statham (MD, SE Trains) 

This project is Heritage Lottery funded, thanks to money raised by National Lottery players.

The website can be searched in many ways, including by name and by actual street. This has revealed at least five soldiers from our own street who were killed.

Fawnbrake residents killed in World War I

Lieutenant Reginald Dell

90 Fawnbrake Avenue

http://memorial.hernehillsociety.org.uk/memorial/article.php?full_name=Lieutenant%20Reginald%20Dell&id=218

Rifleman Herbert Walter Irons

107 Fawnbrake Avenue

http://memorial.hernehillsociety.org.uk/memorial/article.php?full_name=Rifleman%20Herbert%20Walter%20Irons&id=318

Driver Harry Leonard Cruse

114 Fawnbrake Avenue

http://memorial.hernehillsociety.org.uk/memorial/article.php?full_name=Driver%20Harry%20Leonard%20Cruse&id=385

Lieutenant Fred Philip Hirst

6 Fawnbrake Avenue

http://memorial.hernehillsociety.org.uk/article.php?full_name=Lieutenant%20Fred%20Philip%20Hirst&id=390

Private Thomas Evans

129 Fawnbrake Avenue

Another name, just researched and not yet  entered on the dataset, is Private Thomas Evans.

Thomas Evans was 30 years old when he was called up on 10 December 1915, showing his occupation as Architect’s Assistant. The second son and youngest child of Thomas (a King’s Messenger) and Ellen Augusta Evans, he and his older brother and two older sisters were all born in the village of Cark-in-Cartmel near Morecambe Bay in Lancashire. [1911 Census] He married  Eleanor Barber at St Leonard’s, Streatham, on 27 May 1916 and was listed as living at his parents’ house, 129 Fawnbrake Avenue, Herne Hill. With his battalion he was posted to France, but was killed in action on 16 September 1916  –  one of many thousands killed in the heavy fighting during the Battles of the Somme in Summer/Autumn 1916.

His grave lies in the Warlencourt British Cemetery, near Bapaume in Northern France (Pas de Calais).

More names may emerge as research continues, of course.

Accommodation needed

A neighbouring family already well established on Fawnbrake Avenue are looking for more spacious accommodation: they’re at present in a ground floor flat.

They definitely want to stay in the area, ideally in Fawnbrake Avenue itself if possible. And who can blame them?

They are chain free and ready to go any time.

They would be very grateful to hear from anyone who is contemplating selling in the near future, or from anyone who hears of any properties becoming, or about to become, available.

If anyone can help, please comment in the ‘Reply’ box below and we will pass on the details.

FAWNBRAKE PARTY TIME

Congratulations to the organisers of Fawnbrake’s first street party, held yesterday afternoon!

Fawnbrake’s Street Party [photo by Pete]
It was declared to be a great success by everyone who attended, and stands a good chance of being repeated in 2019.

On top of that, a collection for the Herne Hill Welcomes Refugees project (Twitter:  @HHWR_  ) raised an amazing £250.

And thanks to Pete for the photograph.

Nearly Party Time for Fawnbrake

Our street party is approaching, thanks to the exertions of some efficient and imaginative neighbours.

It’s on Sunday 22 July.

 

We all want some rain, but not that afternoon, please!

Note that car-owners are asked to park elsewhere for the day of the party, as the section of Fawnbrake between Poplar Walk and Brantwood Road will be officially closed to traffic and supposedly devoid of cars.

So no deliveries that day, OK?

Beware Gutter Snipes

The Herne Hill Safer Neighbourhood Police team report that gutter cleaners have been canvassing the area – indeed, some have been leafletting here in Fawnbrake Avenue.

They offer to clean the gutters, then miraculously discover serious problems in the guttering, or roofing (even removing tiles to create a problem which they can then demonstrate).

It is better to use recognised roofing firms to check out any suspected problems in gutters.

Garden Waste non-collection

If, like us, you were irritated that your garden waste bags weren’t collected on Friday, and left disconsolate on the pavement, it may be that  –  again, like us  –  you’ve omitted to renew your annual subscription.

Garden waste bags – jilted.

Did they tell us that the subscription was expiring? Of course not. Are we surprised at that? No.

Anyway, you can renew by phone, or on the website.

If your neighbours have had the same experience,  it might be kind to tell them.

If, on the other hand,  you remembered to renew, feel free to celebrate your efficiency!