Parish & Ward Church of St. Botolph without Bishopsgate


The WW1 memorial cross in St Botolph’s churchyard
Thursday 4 August at 1.10pm

The memorial cross in St Botolph's churchyard was the first memorial of the First World War to be erected in London. It was dedicated on 4 August 1916 - the second anniversary of the outbreak of the War - by the Bishop of Stepney in the presence of the Lord Mayor and other dignitaries (see photograph), and commemorates the Battle of Jutland, and especially the boy Jack Cornwell VC, Lord Kitchener, lost at sea a few days later, as well as the officers and men of the Honourable Artillery Company and 'our brave dead of Bishopsgate'.

The Cross has recently been Listed by Historic England to coincide with the anniversary of the Battle of Jutland.

We will be commemorating the Cross, together with those whom it names and all the fallen, on the exact centenary, 4 August, with a service in church at 1.10pm, led by The Revd Canon David Reindorp, Padre emeritus, HAC, and with the current Bishop of Stepney, The Rt Revd Adrian Newman undertaking the role of his predecessor in giving the address, then the re-dedication outside by the cross, followed by refreshments. The Honourable Artillery Company, organisations associated with Lord Kitchener and Jack Cornwell, and heritage and war memorial charities will all be represented at the commemoration.