To mark the 75th anniversary of the end of all Second World War hostilities, the Teddington Society has launched its Online WWII War Memorial for Teddington. In addition to the physical War Memorial in front of the hospital, there are 12 other memorials across the town, in places such as churches, the post office sorting room and the bus station at Fulwell.
These list all those who fell during the First World War – but there are very few names listed of those who died during World War Two. The new website puts that right. It lists 159 local servicemen and women and 96 civilians who died during the air raids or due to other enemy action between September 1939 and August 1945. It has been meticulously researched over many years and assembled by Society member David Neller, who is keen to hear from local families able to share further names and details of the Teddington fallen. He can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Launching the website on VJ Day, August 15th, Sheena Harold, Chairman of the Teddington Society, said, “An online Second World War memorial has long been in our sights, and how appropriate it is to have it ready for the 75th anniversary. The benefit of having an online resource like this is that it has a global reach, and I have no doubt it will become an important resource for researchers and historians for many years to come.”
In addition to David Neller’s work, credit is also due to Mark Buckley at Down to Earth Websites, who designed and did all the technical work to make the memorial website happen.
As Mark told us: “It’s been an absolute pleasure to work again with the Teddington Society on their latest website. At DOWN-TO-EARTH Websites, we always make the point that it’s the client who makes all the difference. Never is it more true than with Sheena, Peter and the team at Tedd. Soc. On this occasion we’ve also had the pleasure of working with David Neller on his WW2 history project. What an amazing resource and it’s absolutely fascinating too. David’s enthusiasm and energy have brought the whole project to life. I encourage everyone to take a look at the website – you’re bound to get drawn in!
The website, which partners the Society’s online First World War memorial, is now available at https://teddington-ww2.org.uk