2nd Lt Acting Capt Thomas Riversdale Colyer-Fergusson VC - Homes for Disabled Sailors and Soldiers Fund

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Reference WMO267164

Address:

Junction of Wrotham Road and Cross Lane West

Gravesend

England

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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Roadside
Description: Memorial Homes/Alms Houses
Materials:
  • Brick Brick
  • Metal Metal (any)
  • Timber Timber (any)
Lettering: Raised
Conflicts:
  • First World War (1914-1918)
About the memorial: Ten homes specifically built to house disabled Sailors and Soldiers from WW1. The money for the homes was raised by Mrs Huggens MBE Mayoress of Gravesend during WW1 and the land was donated by Sir Thomas Colyer-Fergusson the father of acting Captain Thomas Riversdale Colyer-Fergusson V.C. - who won the Victoria Cross for an action in which he was later killed on 31 July 1917. The homes were opened in 1922 and are still occupied today. There are two metal tablets (that have been painted at some point over the years) at the entrance to the land. These are mounted on wooden panels placed either side of the road. The cottages and the area is known locally as "Huggens Cottages".
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Left hand panel - The site on which these ten cottages stand was presented to the Gravesend Disabled Sailors and Soldiers Fund by Thomas Colyer Colyer-Fergusson J.P. of Wombwell Hall in memory of his son Thomas Riversdale Colyer-Fergusson V.C. 2nd Lt/Acting Captain 2nd Northhamptonshire Regiment who fell at Bellewarde near Ypres, 31st July 1917. Aged 21. Right hand panel - These ten cottages were built by money generously subscribed by the inhabitants of Gravesend at the instant of Mrs Elizabeth Annie Huggens who was Mayoress for the first three years of the war. They are dedicated to the use of disabled ex-servicemen of Gravesend. First trustees. Henry Huggens J.P. Chairman. Elizabeth Annie Huggens M.B.E. Mary Bailey. Ethel Maude Barlow. Thomas Colyer Colyer-Fergusson J.P. Frank Goldsmith J.P. Henry Hampton Brown B.A. Hon. Secretary.

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