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Lt London name added to Guildford's war memorial

Guildford War Memorial

A small, private ceremony was held in the Guildford Castle's grounds to commemorate Lieutenant Nicholas London, and remember all those named on the memorial, on Saturday 6 November.

Lt London died serving the country in 1977. But his name has only just been added to the war memorial for those who lost their lives in military service since the end of WWII and who have a Guildford connection.

Family and friends of Lieutenant Nicholas London, as well as 48 members of his regiment and squadron, came together for a private ceremony to remember him and see his name added to the memorial in the castle grounds.

Cllr Tom Hunt, Armed Forces Champion, said: "Lt London's name has been added to the war memorial in time for Remembrance Day. Through our war memorial we can properly commemorate and remember individuals, like Lt London, who died serving their country since World War Two. I hope that local people will find our war memorials a place for reflection and honour as we remember those who gave up so much for the lives we now get to live."

Guildford's Mayor, Cllr Marsha Moseley, said: "As Mayor I am pleased that Guildford is recognising the sacrifice made by Lieutenant London and that his name is rightfully being added to our new war memorial. Along with all our other fallen heroes, he must never be forgotten."

Nick was serving with the Honourable Artillery Company (HAC), an elite London-based Reserve Army regiment. In July 1977, leading a night patrol on the Sennybridge Training Area in South Wales, he fell into a deep ravine and received severe injuries. After rescue by his patrol and a medical team, he was taken to hospital but died some five hours later.  He is buried at Watts Cemetery in Compton. 

Nick was an ex Regular Officer (Royal Artillery), who had joined the HAC in 1975. As was the tradition he joined as a trooper undertaking the recruits course and was recommissioned a year later.  An HAC officer who served with him and was at the scene when he fell, said: "He was a highly respected, popular member whose professionalism was an inspiration to all those in his squadron. He left behind a widow and young son."

When the memorial was commissioned in 2018 a thorough trawl identified 16 servicemen, all of whom had lived in Guildford or had connections with the town. Lt London's name was submitted earlier this year and so we have been able to add his name too.

This memorial stands at the opposite end of the bowling green to the war memorial commemorating the fallen of the two world wars. It features the figure of a man dressed in military fatigues holding a book with the names on it. He is not wearing a specific uniform and represents all three of the British armed forces. 

Published on: 8 November 2021

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