Memorials in Islington

There are many memorials in the borough and in the Islington and St Pancras Cemetery, East Finchley, that remember those from the area who have lost their lives in war. Some were erected by grieving families, many by fellow parishioners in neighbourhood churches.

Even so, less than a quarter of the names held in this Online Book of Remembrance appear on these memorials. This means that over 9000 Islingtonians are not remembered by name on any memorial in the borough - indeed, only one civilian of over 1400 who died in the Blitz and the V1 flying bomb and V2 rocket attacks is remembered by name. There is also no memorial to the 135 members of the Civil Defence Forces and Police Force who died in Islington and Finsbury, many while carrying out their duties. It is hoped that this Online Book of Remembrance goes part of the way to redress this lack of a specific monument to their memory.

In addition to those memorials that relate to Islingtonians, there is also a large number that remember people or events in general that do not necessarily involve former residents of the Borough - the sinking of the SS Arandora Star in 1940, for example. They too are listed here and are marked with an asterisk (*).

In 2006 a new memorial was unveiled on Islington Green by the Borough Council that serves as a memorial to all of the dead, on land, sea, in the air and at home, from every conflict.