WW100: Poplar memorial features in new exhibition

PUBLISHED: 14:26 18 July 2014 | UPDATED: 14:26 18 July 2014

War memorial to the victims of the Upper North Street School bombing in 1917

War memorial to the victims of the Upper North Street School bombing in 1917


Poplar’s memorial to the victims of the 1917 school bombing features in a new exhibition at the Wellington Arch.

The aftermath of the bombing (Picture: Tower Hamlets Council)The aftermath of the bombing (Picture: Tower Hamlets Council)

Thousands of war memorials were built after the First World War to honour those who lost their lives in the conflict.

Now English Heritage have created an exhibition of photographs, designs and statuettes of some of the most famous.

The memorial in Poplar Recreation Ground stands out in that it remembers the 18 pupils who were killed at Upper North Street School when a bomb fell through the roof.

Helen Grant MP, minister for the First World War centenary, launched the exhibition on Wednesday.

Schoolchildren by the memorial after it was built (Picture: Tower Hamlets Council)Schoolchildren by the memorial after it was built (Picture: Tower Hamlets Council)

She said: “Memorials link the tragic impact of world wars with local communities across the land.

“During the First World War all parts of the country sent men off to fight and women off to work. Virtually all suffered losses.

“It’s time to consider how we can keep these memorials prominent in the public eye.

The bomb which hit Upper North Street School on June 13, 1917 was likely part of a raid aimed at nearby docks.

At that time, the school had three floors of classes - girls on the top, boys on the middle and infants on the ground.

The bomb made a direct hit, crashing through the floors before exploding, with most of the casualties coming from the infant class.

Read more of our coverage of the First World War centenary here.

Latest East London News Stories

43 minutes ago

A traditional rural theatre of ancient Bengal that uses hunting for story-telling through folk opera and dance in a theatrical setting comes to Bethnal Green tomorrow.

Wondering what the weather has in store for us this weekend? Watch our Met Office video forecast.


Former arm-wrestling champ and Whitechapel stallholder Les Clayden is going back to his cockney ‘daisy roots’ to talk about ‘Swimming with Stingrays’.

Since the government’s austerity programme started in 2010, the council’s core funding from government has been cut in real terms by 64 per cent, which equates to £148m.

Yesterday, 18:21

Police have found the body of a missing student with links to east London.

Yesterday, 16:14

The mayor of Tower Hamlets has voluntarily had a blood test for Aids in a council campaign for public awareness for people to take part in HIV Testing Week starting tomorrow.

Yesterday, 13:48

Campaigners have called for support ahead of a national unity demonstration against racism and fascism.

Yesterday, 11:45

Police are appealing for help in finding a vulnerable man who has been missing for more than a week.


Are you a landlord looking for a fixed rental income, paid whether the property is empty or not? Steve Westley, general manager at estate agents Elliot Leigh, explains their Guaranteed Rent Scheme and how it takes the stress out of letting your property.

Newsletter Sign Up

East London Advertiser twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read news

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Docklands and East London Advertiser
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now