The Tottenham War Memorial was erected in 1923 in commemoration of those that served and lost their lives in the Great War, 1914-1918. The laurel crowned bronze angel that sits on top of the cenotaph symbolises peace. It was given a Grade II listed status in 2002.
Work has been completed to restore the Memorial to its former glory. The paving has been changed to granite, the bronze statue cleaned and any missing lettering replaced.
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War heroes’ bravery cemented in history
Four commemorative paving stones have been laid in Haringey in honour of WWI Victoria Cross recipients - with two at the Tottenham War Memorial.
The four Haringey soldiers have been remembered as part the Department for Communities and Local Government campaign to recognise those who received the prestigious award because of their bravery in the face of the enemy.
The paving stones are laid during the centenary year of when each soldier carried out their heroic deed. Each stone is inscribed with the name of the soldier, their regiment and rank, and the date they received the award.
Private Robert Edward Cruickshank
Born: 17 June 1888, Winnipeg, Canada
Died: 30 August 1961, Leicestershire
Lived 18 Roseberry Gardens, Harringay (St Ann’s ward) when discharged from the Army and was active in local politics and scouting after his return from the War.
Action: Egypt, 1 May 1918
The platoon to which Private Cruickshank belonged came under very heavy rifle and machine-gun fire at short range and was led down a steep bank into a wadi, most of the men being hit before they reached the bottom. Immediately after reaching the bottom of the wadi the officer in command was shot dead, and the sergeant who then took over command sent a runner back to Company Headquarters asking for support, but was mortally wounded almost immediately after; the corporal having in the meantime been killed, the only remaining N.C.O. (a lance-corporal), believing the first messenger to have been killed, called for a volunteer to take a second message back.
Pvt Cruickshank immediately responded and rushed up the slope, but was hit and rolled back into the wadi bottom. He again rose and rushed up the slope, but, being again wounded, rolled back into the wadi. After his wounds had been dressed he rushed a third time up the slope and again fell badly wounded. Being now unable to stand he rolled himself back amid a hail of bullets. His wounds were now of such a nature as to preclude him making any further attempt and he lay all day in a dangerous position, being sniped at and again wounded where he lay. He displayed the utmost valour and endurance, and was cheerful and uncomplaining throughout.
- Robert Cruickshank’s commemorative event took place at Tottenham War Memorial, N15 on 8 May 2018
Lieutenant Alfred Herring, Royal Army Service Corps
Born: 26 October 1888 - Tottenham, Grove ward
Died: 10 August 1966 - Weybridge, Surrey
Attended Bruce Grove School, lived on The Avenue (Bruce Grove)
Action: Montagne Bridge, France, 23/24 March 1918
On 23/24 March 1918 at Montagne Bridge, France, the enemy had gained a position on the south bank of the canal and Second Lieutenant Herring's post was surrounded, but he immediately counter-attacked and recaptured the position, together with 20 prisoners and six machine-guns. During the night the post was continually attacked, but all attacks were beaten off, largely because Lieutenant Herring was frequently visiting his men and cheering them up. It was owing to his bravery and magnificent handling of his troops that the enemy advance was held up for 11 hours at a very critical period.
Lieutenant Herring is also memorialised at the Alfred Herring pub, Palmers Green and at the Freemasons Memorial (member of Hampstead Lodge).
- Lieutenant Herring’s ceremony took place at Tottenham War Memorial on Friday 23 March.
For information on all the soldiers read the full story here (external link)