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Unveiling of a WW1 Commemorative Plaque at the Royal SmallArms Island Centre

posted 19 Jan 2019, 05:10 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 19 Jan 2019, 05:11 ]
On 16th January I attended the unveiling of a plaque to commemorate the contribution by Royal Small Arms Factory Enfield (RSAF) workers to WW1 efforts.

See following comments.

Derek Stimpson

Patrick Gray the Heritage Manager of RSA Trust wrote:-

Thank you for coming to the RSA Island Centre and taking part in the unveiling of our plaque to commemorate the efforts of the workers of the Royal Small Arms Factory during the Great War. It was lovely seeing you attend and I hope that you enjoyed yourselves meeting new people and catching up with friends and acquaintances.

I would like to thank Gary Walker, Martin Jewell and the other Trustees of the RSA Trust for hosting this event and being on hand to welcome you to the Centre. I’m incredibly grateful to Philip Abbott and the Royal Armouries team who set up the Roll of Honour project and have made this memorial plaque possible. The work of John, Jan and Stacey from Enfield Museum & Local Studies has also driven this project forward and I’m grateful for their support on the day as well. Ray Tuthill and the RSAF Apprentices Association have been instrumental in not only sourcing objects and helping the Trustees of the RSA Trust set up the RSA Interpretation Centre, but have also aided the research for this project.

Finally I’d like to thank Jim Lewis for his pulling the rope to unveil the plaque to the world. His passion for the Lea Valley and knowledge of the history of the Royal Small Arms Factory are second to none.

The Roll of Honour project will continue, with new stories about the workers and operations of the Factory coming to light throughout the project. There will be further exhibitions, family events and a plaque to the Second World War coming later this year!

Patrick Gray
Heritage Manager
RSA Trust

Tel: 020 8482 2281
Mob: 07905 809 191