In July 2008 the Waltham Forest Guardian Newspaper published a full page article to let the local people know about our sister project the Chingford War Memorial Project.
As a result of this we were contacted by a local resident Fred Revell, to ask if we knew what had happened to the War Memorial, that had stood in the grounds of the Halex / British Xylonite Factory in Hale End, Highams Park and the present location of the war memorial that once stood on the site of the old drill hall on Churchill, Walthamstow.
After a short investigation we discovered that the memorial that once stood on Churchill was relocated after the first war but before the second.
The drill hall had housed an anti-air craft gun, that by the second war were considerably larger than those that were in use during the first world war. Consequently the drill hall site was enlarged and the memorial moved to its current location at the side of the T.A site at Whipps Cross. You can see pictures of this memorial on our sister site here.
The Halex / British Xylonite memorial was slightly trickier to track down, of course these things always seem to take time and with work commitments etc. time as surely as ever crept on past.
With the help of M. Ashmore we were able to confirm that the memorial in Brantham , (The original site of the British Xylonite Factory), did indeed contain the plaques that once adorned the cenotaph erected in Highams Park. You can read more about it on our sister site The Highams Park War Memorial Project
We are working in conjunction with the Highams Park Society to research each of the men that are commemorated and to ensure that either the memorial in its entirety or a duplicate, cast from the original is re-sited somewhere on the original site in Highams Park.