A remembrance of the three people killed by rocket blast on Staveley Road
The people who died in the V2 attack. Picture: Chiswick Local Studies & Archives
A short ceremony was held on Staveley Road at 6.44pm on Wednesday 8 September to mark the moment 77 years ago when a V2 rocket landed on the street.
In 2004 the Brentford & Chiswick Local History Society worked with members of the Battlefields Trust to create the black granite memorial in at the site. This commemorates those who died when the first time this new weapon landed in the UK in 1944. A full account of the 2004 event is on the Society’s website. An information panel beside the memorial records details of those who were killed.
Three people died and 22 were injured, 11 houses were demolished and 27 more were seriously damaged in the immediate area. The people killed were 68-year-old Ada Harrison who ran a newsagent and sweetshop opposite Chiswick station, Sapper Bernard Hammerton Browning who was on leave and walking towards the station at the time from his home in Elmwood Road and 3-year-old Rosemary Clarke, who was found dead in her cot, with no visible injuries but suffocated by the blast.
Attendees at the V2 memorial ceremony. Picture: Peter Hogan
The wreath laid at the memorial. Picture: Val Bott
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September 12, 2021