Ilford Tramways Memorial Tablet

Ilford Tramways Memorial Tablet
Location unknown

A marble memorial tablet, commemorating the names of nine Ilford Council Tramway employees, was unveiled on Sunday 7th December 1919 by Tramways Manager, Mr L.H Harvey. Also present were the Reverend A. W. Ottaway, (Vicar of Great Ilford), most of the tramway employees, and a few relatives and residents.

Mr. Harvey explained that:

“The employees had felt they would like some memorial in memory of those old comrades who had made the supreme sacrifice in defence of their country in the great war.”

He then proceeded to unveil the memorial by releasing the Union Jack that had been draped over it, and then read aloud the names inscribed on it.

After the ceremony, relatives were presented with a framed inscribed photograph of those they had lost, courtesy of funds raised by Tramways staff.

When the depot was rebuilt in the 1990s, the memorial was taken offsite for storage. The current location is unknown.

Based on research by Patrick O’Mara


Ilford Recorder, Friday 12th December 1919 p5

Information kindly supplied by Dave Cuthell, Chief Highways and Cleansing Officer at Ley Street Depot

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Biography available.

Name Regiment Year of death
George William Barlow Royal Engineers 1917
Harry Willis Essex Regiment 1914
Horace Walter Erswell Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve 1918
John Thomas Gander 11th (Prince Albert's Own) Hussars 1914
Percival Boulton Royal Garrison Artillery 1918
Philip P Hawkes East Yorkshire Regiment 1915
Robert Thornton Armour Royal Field Artillery 1915
Thomas J Cole East Surrey Regiment 1915