"Blitz - Heroes with Grimy Faces"

Sculptor = John  W Mills ARCA FRBS

Heroes with Grimy Faces

In honour and memory of those firefighters who gave their lives in defence of the nation 1939-1945.

This monument was commissioned by the founder of the Guild of Firefighters supported by public and service donations.


Sculptor John W Mills ARCA FRBS

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There are hundreds of names on the inscription, the main part of which reads...

This memorial was unveiled by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother on May 4th 1991.


The Heroes with Grimy Faces

Winston Churchill

Blitz - Heroes with Grimy Faces

Outside Wren House, at the top of Peter's Hill, and just a few steps away from St. Paul's Cathedral is this memorial, which contains the names of the 1027 firemen and over 24 firewomen who died in the line of duty during the war.

The Prime Minister of the time, Winston Churchill, coined the phrase, "Heroes with grimy faces", referring to all firefighters. Indeed, the Cathedral would not be here today were it not for them.

 Photo: Light-Straw © September 2002

  • The memorial was originally sited in Old Change Court, but is likely to have been moved due to new development in the area.
  • The Firefighters Memorial Charitable Trust was established in 1990.
  • From January 2000 Her Royal Highness the Princess Royal became the Patron.
  • It is planned to elevate the memorial and add some 1192 additional names of those firefighters lives lost in peacetime.
  • A re-dedication ceremony is likely to take place in September 2003 to coincide with the annual remembrance service.


Blitz by British Sculptor John W. Mills at  www.vilasart.co.uk/johnmills/blitz.html

The London Fire Brigade at www.london-fire.gov.uk/

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