Ceremony Held to Remember Victims of Chiswick V2 Bomb

Wreath placed at Staveley Road memorial

The memorial to the people who died in the V2 attack with the weath. Picture: James Wisdom


Annual Ceremony Held at V2 Memorial

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Wreath Laid At Staveley Road's V2 Memorial

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The Brentford and Chiswick Local History Society placed a wreath at the V2 memorial on Staveley Road this Friday (8 September).

As now happens ever year, it was laid at precisely 6.44pm, the exact time the rocket exploded on the road in 1944.

The flowers for the wreath were provided by Pot Pourri and the information panel which became detached a couple of months ago leaving damaged fittings on the fence was ingeniously re-attached in time for the anniversary by Peter Coughlin, Brentford Blacksmith at Urban Iron.

In 2004 the society worked with members of the Battlefields Trust to create the black granite memorial in at the site. This commemorates those who died when the first time this new weapon landed in the UK . A full account of the 2004 event is on the Society’s website. An information panel beside the memorial records details of those who were killed.


The memorial and a detail of the wreath. Picture: James Wisdom

Three people died and 22 were injured, 11 houses were demolished and 27 more were seriously damaged in the immediate area. The people killed were 68-year-old Ada Harrison who ran a newsagent and sweetshop opposite Chiswick station, Sapper Bernard Hammerton Browning who was on leave and walking towards the station at the time from his home in Elmwood Road and 3-year-old Rosemary Clarke, who was found dead in her cot, with no visible injuries but suffocated by the blast.

The people who died in the V2 attack. Picture: Chiswick Local Studies & Archives


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September 10, 2023


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