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    Weʼve raised £1,806 to support the funding of a war memorial dedicated to facially disfigured servicemen from WW1 in the grounds of Queen Mary's Hospital Sidcup.

    Sidcup, United Kingdom
    Funded on Tuesday, 5th December 2017

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    The facially disfigured from WW1 are a largely neglected chapter of WW1 history of both psychological and aesthetic socio-cultural history. At least 12% of all wounded men from the Great War suffered from facial wounds. The horrifically disfigured were designated blue benches to sit on, as a social warning that those seated on such should be avoided, a way of not affronting locals as patients or discharged men getting on with their lives ‘took some air.’ Mirrors were banned in many hospital wards to stop patients from seeing their faces because it was often too upsetting. Many chose to live for periods of time in convalescent homes to remove themselves from the glares, looks of pity and name calling. Arguably, facially mutilated men felt overwhelming pressure from the rest of society to wear facial prosthetics; to shield society from the reality of what war can do to a face. Despite the undeniable, virtuous intentions of designing and manufacturing an artificial face it had with it unshakable pitfalls and servicemen, thousands of whom could not even obtain a mask, fell victim to suicide, alcoholism and depression because of the face war gave them. Many operations undertaken at Queen's were revolutionary and results were quite spectacular, but, for thousands, they just couldn't be 'fixed.' It is estimated around 11,000 operations to give men back their faces took place in what is now known as Queen Mary's Sidcup: opened specifically for the facially maimed and this year is it's centenary. This chasm in historiography and collective memory must be remedied.This memorial will be dedicated to the men who returned home to sweet-hearts who couldn't bear to look at them, the children who trembled under tables as their father's face was too frightening and the thousands of servicemen who shivered when they saw their reflection in a mirror. Today we will remember. Local schools are involved in the project, with sparked interest from Mr.Simon Weston CBE to unveil the memorial in November 18.

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    • E Grigsby8 months ago
      E Grigsby

      E Grigsby

      8 months ago

      I would like to thank the local businesses who donated to the raffle that was drawn at the fundraiser at St Thomas More Catholic Comprehensive where I raised £750. With special gratitude to: Waitrose (Sidcup), Marks and Spencer (Eltham), Kaspas (Eltham), Debenhams (Eltham), 'Kenny's pop in' (Eltham), Boux Avenue, Bright House, Prezzo (Sidcup), Zizzi's (Chislehurst), Taylor's Chalk (Sidcup) and the hand made crafts from a Mrs Davies at Morrison's (Sidcup). My warmest thanks always. E. Grigsby.

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    • E Grigsby8 months ago
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      E Grigsby

      8 months ago

      ‘I am delighted to advise that the Provincial Grand Master has decided to grant a further donation towards the WW1 War Memorial Fund from Provincial Funds and therefore I have enclosed a cheque for the sum of £2,500.’ Peter sawyer - Provincial Grand Treasurer. ••••••••••••• I am absolutely lost for words at this generosity of a total donation of five thousand pounds. I truly will never be able to encapsulate how lucky and proud I feel to know members of the community care so much so to help me in such a way and will forever be in their debt.

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    • E Grigsby8 months ago
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      8 months ago

      Many thanks to Mr and Mrs Cowley who kindly gave me their time to learn more about the memorial in Chislehurst’s Zizzi’s restaurant and left a £20 donation. Admirable generosity from two uniquely wonderful people.

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    • Gareth Humphreys

      Gareth Humphreys

      Dec 2, 2017

      Well done - amazing cause and amazing effort. Luv Gareth, Dana & Fleur

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Dec 1, 2017

      £50.00

    • Michael Gardner

      Michael Gardner

      Nov 30, 2017

      A very worthy cause, I hope it comes to fruition.

      £5.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Nov 22, 2017

      Supporting your campaign for a memorial to these brave men who had to deal with such trauma

    • Azra I

      Azra I

      Nov 20, 2017

      £5.00

    • Adam Bell

      Adam Bell

      Nov 15, 2017

      A wonderful, deserved and overdue memorial to unsung heroes

      £50.00

    • Marilyn Jordan

      Marilyn Jordan

      Nov 13, 2017

      £10.00

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    E Grigsby

    E Grigsby

    Sidcup, United Kingdom

    History Masters Postgraduate with Goldsmiths University of London.

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