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Quinn Brothers honoured with memorial plaque


I was delighted to attend the unveiling of the memorial plaque for the five Quinn brothers who fought in World War One, with only one returning home. The plaque is at the site of their former home in Sydenham which is now Sainsbury's.

The five Quinn brothers lived in Bell Green over 100 years ago. They all went signed up at the start of the Great War and went off to fight for their country but only one, George, came back home. The story of the Quinn brothers was memorialised in the borough’s 2017 Remembrance Sunday service programme. In addition the Council agreed it would be appropriate to erect a plaque on the site of where the Quinn family lived over 100 years ago – 13 Bell Green, Sydenham.

Councillor Jacq Paschoud, Chair of Council, opened the ceremony, which took place on the anniversary of the death of one of the fourth brother. It was attended by over 30 members of the Quinn family who travelled from different parts of the country.

Councillor Kevin Bonavia, the Council’s Armed Forces champion, spoke at the ceremony. He said: “It is impossible for us to imagine the pain that the Quinn family suffered from losing four of their own. We remember with the deepest pride and gratitude all five brothers who served and let their names serve as an example to us and future generations of the huge sacrifice that the Quinn family and so many others made on our behalf.”