Heroes of Chiswick Memorial regilding and remembrance service on 8th November 2015

Since this time last year we have been fundraising in order to have the names of the 33 men on the memorial in church regilded, since with the passage of time they had become faded and dull.

We are delighted that thanks to the generosity of various individuals we have raised sufficient funds to allow the necessary work to be undertaken.  The results can be seen in the photograph on the right hand side of the home page.

Needless to say, the accompanying memorial panel on the opposit pillar now looks rather shabby so our next efforts will be to raise funds in order to have it regilded too - hopefully by 2018 in time for the centenary of the cessation of hostilities in 1918.

Meanwhile, we are especially pleased that it has been possible to have the regilding of the men's names completed in time for the Remembrance Day service this year which will be held at 10.55 am on Sunday 8th November. 

Remembering the fourth fatality from St Michael's WW1 Roll of Honour

During the 10 am Holy Communion Service on Sunday 25th October 2015, the congregation at St Michael’s Church remembered the fourth man on the memorial to lose his life in WW1. Frank Leonard Cunningham died of wounds at the Australian Hospital, Wimereux, Near Boulogne on 1st October 1915, 100 years ago this month.

Frank Cunningham was the only child of Joseph Cunningham, an academic and Fellow of the Zoological Society, and his wife Sophia. A reservist with the Northumberland Hussars Yeomanry since 1909, at the outbreak of war he was called up, leaving his job at the Glasgow branch of the Vacuum Oil Company.

His parents moved to Chiswick around the time of the Great War living first at 63 St Mary’s Grove, then 35 Wavenden Avenue where they lived until their deaths in the second half of the 1930s. After his son's death, Joseph Cunningham, edited and published his son’s diaries and letters. 

To read Frank Cunningham's biography and those of the other 33 men on the memorial inside St Michael's Church, click here

To read contents of the Frank Cunningham's diaries and letters click here