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Memorial plaque to the victims of the V2 rocket attack at Archway Nov.1944

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A special virtual presentation of the unveiling of a Islington Memorial Plaque commemorating a tragic loss of civilian life during WW2.

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You are warmly invited to attend a special virtual presentation of the unveiling of an Islington Memorial Plaque commemorating a tragic loss of civilian life in this north London borough during the Second World War.

Seventy-six years ago, at 5.13pm on Sunday 5 November 1944, a V2 rocket fired from its launch site in the Hague, Netherlands, exploded at the junction of Boothby, Giesbach and Grovedale Roads in Archway; adjacent St John’s Way was also caught in the attack.

This was the first enemy long-range V2 rocket to hit Islington. Over 250 people were casualties of this wartime strike, which included 35 deaths and 219 suffering from injuries. The oldest person to die as a result of the explosion was aged 92 years, who died four months later, and the youngest was just five months old. Many houses were also destroyed or damaged beyond repair.

Our online presentation will include film of the unveiling of the plaque by the Mayor of Islington Cllr Janet Burgess to those who lost their lives, and to those injured, in the attack, as well as selected readings, a musical tribute, the roll of honour and a minute's silence.

We hope that you can join us for this special occasion.

Booking Essential: Registered attendees will be emailed a Zoom link on the morning of the event.

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