Memorial to the WW1 Christmas boys


At the end of the First World War, memorials were erected in public buildings, workplaces and schools across Britain. They are an emotional reminder of the impact the war had on communities.

A wooden framed memorial listing the names of soldiers killed

This memorial, currently on permanent display in the Museum of Richmond, originally hung in the Wesleyan Day School, Kew Road, Lower Norwood. A small local school for children from Methodist families, there are 181 names on the memorial.

Two names belong to boys called Christmas; Alfred and Arthur. Although no work has yet been done to confirm the identity of the soldiers, it is very likely that they were members of the same family.

Do you have any information about Alfred or Arthur? Are they part of your family? Or do you recognise any of the other names on this WW1 memorial?

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