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Club remembers Downhills loss

Posted on 19 November 2008  - 12:00

The Club laid a wreath at a special commemoration at Lordship Recreation Ground last Sunday to mark a Second World War tragedy when Downhills air raid shelter suffered a direct hit during the Blitz.

Club remembers Downhills loss

The Club laid a wreath at a special commemoration at Lordship Recreation Ground last Sunday to mark a Second World War tragedy when Downhills air raid shelter suffered a direct hit during the Blitz.

At least 42 people are known to have died in the tragedy, Tottenham's largest single loss of civilian life during the conflict. All lived in the surrounding streets adjacent to the site and many were taken to the East Stand, at White Hart Lane, so that their families could identify them. The youngest killed was an 18-month old girl.

This was the first remembrance ceremony at the site where the adjacent wood has been enhanced by the organisers, the Friends of Lordship Rec. A memorial fund has been set up to build a bridge over the Moselle River and more details can be obtained via dmorris@onetel.com

The ceremony was attended by the Mayor plus representatives of the Police, Fire Brigade and local churches who were welcomed by local historian Ray Swain. Mr Swain conducted much of the research and would like to hear from anyone who remembers the incident or knows people involved.

More information can be found in the archives at Bruce Castle Museum or by CLICKING HERE...