17 December 2015, London

Great War Memorial re-instated in Finchley

The original bronze memorial plaque commemorating local men who gave their lives during World War One was re-unveiled today in its new position at Finchley Memorial Hospital.

The original bronze memorial plaque commemorating local men who gave their lives during World War One, was unveiled today in its new position at Finchley Memorial Hospital.

Organised by Barnet War Memorials Association, the ceremony was supported by Community Health Partnerships – head tenant at the hospital – and sister company NHS Property Service.

Archdeacon of Hamstead leads re-dedication

Ahead of the official unveiling, guests including Martin Russell DL FCT, Deputy Lieutenant of Greater London and Chairman of Barnet War Memorials Association,  Deputy Mayor, Councillor Alison Cornelius, many councillors and members of the Finchley Society,  joined together in a short act of commemoration and thanksgiving conducted by the Archdeacon of Hampstead to mark the re-dedication of the plaque.

In pride of place

Speaking at the event, Mr Russell said: “I am delighted to see this fine bronze back in pride of place at the new Finchley Memorial Hospital. 

"Today’s ceremony reminds us all of the bravery of servicemen from Finchley and Whetstone a century ago.  The name of the Hospital together with this plaque will continue to remind future generations of the extent of that sacrifice and the cost of freedom.”

Permanent reminder of the Hospital's history

Dr Debbie Frost, Chair of Barnet Clinical Commissioning Group said: I am so pleased that the memorial plaque has been reinstated where it belongs.  When the hospital was redeveloped, it was of key importance to the local community that the memorial aspect of the hospital was retained. 

"The plaque will ensure that visitors to the building are reminded why the hospital was built 107 years ago.”

A hospital has stood on the site in North Finchley since 1908.  After the Great War the Finchley Cottage Hospital, as it was originally known, was extended and refurbished, becoming the Memorial Hospital in 1922 “in memory of the men of Finchley and Whetstone who fell in the war”.

In 2010, construction began on the new 9500m2 Finchley Memorial Hospital; transforming the then outdated facilities into a high quality, state-of-the-art building, equipped to provide a range of integrated health care services including a walk-in centre and 12 bed infusion suite and marking a significant investment in the local health economy.

The land surrounding the hospital was developed into communal green space which includes a memorial and therapy garden that provides a peaceful environment for patients and visitors alike. 

"The plaque will ensure that visitors to the building are reminded why the hospital was built 107 years ago.”

Dr Debbie Frost, Chair of Barnet Clinical Commissioning Group