The Aguila Wrens

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Reference WMO262106

Address:

St Edmund the King Church

Pinner Road

Northwood Hills, Middlesex

England

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Status: On original site
Type: Non freestanding
Location: Internal
Setting: Attached to a building/structure
Description: Angel sculpture
Materials:
  • Unknown Unknown
Lettering: Inscribed on a plaque
Conflicts:
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
About the memorial: A 12 foot high angel holding a lifeboat, covered in gold leaf, a memorial to Wrens lost on S S Aguila, torpedoes on the way to Gibraltar August 19th 1941. See inscription under Names tab. Dedicated to Cecily Benjamin and Phyllis Bacon specifically, and to the 21 other nursing victims.
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THE ANGEL/OF/GOD'S PLEASURE/IN EVER-LIVING AND LOVING REMEMBRANCE OF W/T CHIEF WREN/CECILLY MONICA BRUCE BENJAMIN AGE 20 AND W/T CHIEF WREN/PHYLLIS BACON AGED 21 GREAT FRIENDS AND HAPPY COMPANIONS/WHO GAVE TO LIFE THEIR JOYOUS YOUTH AND TO DUTY THEIR LOYAL/ DEVOTION/ REMEMBERING ALSO THE TWENTY OTHER MEMBERS OF THE/ W.R.N.S. AND ONE NAVAL NURSING OFFICER WHO PERISHED WITH/ THEM IN THE S.S.AGUILA, TORPEDOED AT SEA IN THE MORNING OF/ 19TH AUGUST 1941 ON THEIR WAY TO TAKE UP DUTIES AT GIBRALTER/ "AND IN THE FOURTH WATCH OF THE NIGHT JESUS WENT UNTO THEM WALKING ON THE SEA"

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