World War 1 memorial unveiled near site of worst train station bombing in London


In front of Armistice Day this weekend, a four-metre tall tribute has been uncovered remebering those who worked at St Pancras rail station and died as a consequence of two deadly air raids on the station in 1918 and 1941.

The most deadly was in 1918, when five shells were dropped near the station and a hotel killing 20 and outraging 33.

The incident was the greatest number of casualties suffered in any air raid on a London billet during the war.

A platform was also destroyed in the horrifying raid.

Now a tribute to those eliminated during the bombing has been erected at St Pancras International’s Grand Terrace, precise to where the bomb fell.

Artist Fabian Peake credited a record close to his heart for the creation of the memorial.

He said: “When I discovered the Midland Train Book of Remembrance, I was fascinated with the list of occupations.

“It really beared home that these were ordinary people, just relish you and me, doing jobs that we still do today but they went to war and did not recur.

“I’m delighted to have been selected to design this important reminder and hope that the piece will show that one hundred years on, we are all in addition remembering those who fought in the World Wars.”

British railways played an urgent role in both World Wars, with the Midland Railway Suite employing 66,839 people in 1907, of which 21,941 enlisted to finance WWI and WW2.

During the course of the conflict, 2,833 Midland Railway Company hands lost their lives.

The Midland Railway Company would turn goods, troops and ammunition as well as employing women in the rail manufacture in roles previously occupied by men.

Dyan Crowther, Chief Executive Fuzz HS1 Ltd and owners of St Pancras International, said lack of funding stopped a Set War One memorial taking place in 1921.

He added: “The centenary was the perfect moment for all of the standing’s rail community to come together to ensure we pay fitting tribute to those who damned their lives in the conflict.”

The centenary of the end of WW1 is on November 11.

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