Rare private war memorial, College Yard, London NW5

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A rare example of a private World War I memorial can be found in Kentish Town, London NW5.

It’s on a row of what are reputed to have been railwaymen’s cottage on College Yard and is in pretty poor condition.

Some of the names are illegible and I don’t know if they refer to men who became casualties or served.

The names seem to be:

Sergeant Stanton

Leahey, Turner, Biggs, Barrett, Janes? Steatton? Manning?

CWGC lists a sergeant WCF Stanton of 1/9th London Regiment and a sergeant AH Stanton of 19th London Regiment. The latter unit was the St Pancras Rifles and was headquartered close to Kentish Town.

As to the others – hard to provide much in terms of identification at the moment. CWGC mentions four casualties named Leahey, for example, but there is no further information about any of them so impossible to say if the name on this memorial refers to one of them. 

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