Brockwell Park honours war hero

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAs part of the First World War centenary, the Borough is installing memorial plaques dedicated to Lambeth citizens who won the Victoria Cross in the First World War.

The most recent plaque was unveiled on 21st April and commemorates 2nd Lieutenant Benjamin Geary who was born in Lambeth and who lived on the Norwood Road. The plaque is sited by Brockwell Park’s Herne Hill Gate in a spot where it can be seen from the road but is protected from foot and vehicle traffic.

Benjamin Geary survived the First World War and moved to Canada afterwards. He also served in the Second World War.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe plaque was unveiled by two members of his family; the citation was read by General Dannatt, former Chief of the General Staff. An honour guard represented several regiments.

The ceremony was also attended by Lambeth’s Mayor.

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2 Responses to Brockwell Park honours war hero

  1. Anne Green says:

    My great grandfather was, I believe, a member of Brockwell Park Friends, and also The Daily Express Cheery Fund and sent out parcels to soldiers on behalf of the friends. I have his diary and there are letters of thanks for cigarettes and books etc., I wonder if anyone may be interested or knows someone who might be. There is reference to the Crystal Palace, where he also worked.

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