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During the main Heroes of Chiswick project in the first 6 months of 2014, volunteer researchers have visited archives across London to piece together the life stories of the 33 First World War soldiers commemorated on the memorial at St. Michael’s Church, Elmwood Road, Chiswick.
They’ve uncovered soldiers’ letters home, newspaper articles, photographs and much more – all of which was shared in the major exhibition at St. Michael’s Church, Elmwood Road, Chiswick W4 3DY on 14th June 2014.
Interest in the project is being maintained and new material added. If you would like to discuss any part of our work or contribute in any way please contact us - HERE
As a memorial to those who died in the First World War it was decided to commission a stained glass window. The artist chosen to design the window was Horace Wilkinson.
The window symbolises the Te Deum. The upper central light shows Christ crowned and robed seated on a rainbow throne. Kneeling at his feet are the Virgin Mary and John the Baptist. He is surrounded by circles of Seraphim and Cherubim and the symbols of Alpha and Omega. Above are the four Evangelists: the Man St Matthew, the Lion St Mark, the Bull St Luke and the Eagle St John.
The lower panels depict the three military saints St George, St Michael and St Martin, plus a host of other figures. On the left is St George and to the right of him four figures representing the Holy Church throughout the world. On the right is St Martin of Tours, bearing the lilies of France and representing both the French allies and St Martin-in-the-Fields*.
To the left of him is the Noble Army of Martyrs represented by St Catherine with her wheel and St Stephen. Above them are the Goodly Fellowship of the Prophets, represented by King David who is carrying his harp and by the prophet Isaiah.
The Dedication of the War Memorial at St Michael’s Church took place on Saturday April 24th, 1920 and is described in the May edition of the Parish Magazine.
- St Martin is also of particular significance to St Michael’s as the patron of our parish was, and indeed remains, the Vicar of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square.