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Watts Memorial

The Watts Memorial to Heroic Self-Sacrifice in Postman’s Park London is a Victorian monument dedicated to people who lost their own life while attempt to save the life of another. It was conceived and built by the Victorian artist George Frederick Watts and unveiled to the public in 1900.

62 people are commemorated on 54 ceramic tablets mounted upon a wall within a wooden cloister. The ages of those commemorated range from 8-year-old Henry Bristow to Daniel Pemberton, who was 61 when he died. The earliest recorded incident is that of Sarah Smith, a pantomime artist who perished in 1863, and all but one of the people who feature died between 1863 and 1827. The memorial is dedicated to ‘everyday’ heroism; acts of life-risking bravery, undertaken by otherwise ordinary people, largely in the course of their everyday life, and usually within commonplace surroundings. Find out more about the memorial.

The Friends of the Watts Memorial was established in 2015 to promote, preserve and promote the memorial. Find out more about the Friends.

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