Parish & Ward Church of St. Botolph without Bishopsgate

—LEST WE FORGET—

The Centenary of the WW1 Memorial Cross at St Botolph-without-Bishopsgate
(the first memorial to the Great War to be erected in London)
dedicated by the Lord Mayor and the Bishop of Stepney, 4 August 1916

In the Churchyard at St Botolph-without-Bishopsgate we are proud to have the first freestanding
memorial of the Great War in London - a cross erected in response to the great
upsurge of public feeling after the Battle of Jutland (31 May-1 June 1916) and the loss of Lord
Kitchener and the men of HMS Hampshire off Orkney a few days later, followed by Jack
Cornwell's very public burial with full naval honours in late July. The cross was unveiled by the
Lord Mayor, and the Bishop of Stepney preached at the dedication ceremony.

The four inscriptions read:

KITCHENER JUNE 5 1916 LEST WE FORGET
JOHN TRAVERS CORNWELL VC OF HMS CHESTER
THE BATTLE OF JUTLAND JUNE 1916 HERO OF 16 YEARS
IN MEMORIAM OFFICERS AND MEN OF THE HONOURABLE ARTILLERY
COMPANY WHO DIED IN THE GREAT WAR AUGUST 4 1916
IN MEMORY OF OUR BRAVE DEAD OF BISHOPSGATE 1914-1916

The cross was recently Listed by Historic England, among other memorials of the Battle of
Jutland, as part of the commemorations of the centenary of that battle.
Today, 4 August 2016 - the day of the memorial's actual centenary (and the 102nd anniversary of the
outbreak of WW1) - was marked with a solemn service of thanksgiving and commemoration, based on
the format of the 1916 service.
The proceedings began with a short act of worship in church at 1.10pm, then the commemoration and rededication
at the cross itself. The service was conducted by The Revd Canon David Reindorp,
Padre emeritus, The Honourable Artillery Company, and The Rt Revd Adrian Newman,
Bishop of Stepney, took the part of his predecessor in giving the address and the blessing. The
Honourable Artillery Company, the City civic and commercial, organisations associated with
Lord Kitchener and Jack Cornwell, and heritage and war memorial charities were represented.

Below is a copy of the Service sheet used and a transcription of the Bishops Sermon.

Below are links to Videos connected to the War Memorial at St Botolph's that were shown