Representative Deputy Lieutenant for Islington
Dr Charles Goodson-Wickes DL
Physician (Barts), Barrister (Inner Temple), Company Director; former MP and Charity Executive. Born, lived, studied and worked in Islington. Former Governor of Highbury Grove, and Arsenal Season Ticket holder. Served in The Life Guards as Medical Officer in Germany, Northern Ireland and Cyprus. Re-enlisted for the Liberation of Kuwait in Gulf War1 (Lieutenant Colonel; the first MP in uniform since WW 11)
Member HAC and a Freeman of the City of London.
Past Charitable posts include: London Playing Fields Foundation- Chief Executive (moved HQ into Islington); Canning House – Director General; Combat Stress – Vice President.
Currently Chairman of multinational Security Printing company.
Interests- Conservation, the Arts, History, Sport.
Further information about the London Borough of Islington can be found at http://www.islington.gov.uk/
The 75th Anniversary of VE Day – Some words from Dr Charles Goodson-Wickes published in the Islington Gazette.
“One of the very few benefits of the Corona Virus shutdown is that families have time for reflection -either in person or via the telephone or internet.
The 75th Anniversary of VE Day on May 8th will give those Veteran servicemen and women (sadly a dwindling number) a chance to revive their memories and to reminisce with later generations- even if they had previously been reluctant to talk about their experiences. Oral history is such an important part of our heritage.
This commemoration gives us all the chance to reflect on our freedom from tyranny in Europe- won through a common National effort.
Islington and Finsbury , of course, did their part in the conflict. Some 2,000 military personnel from the two Boroughs laid down their lives during the War.
However it is all too easy to forget two other aspects – Civilian casualties, and the role that women played on the Home Front in times of great hardship.
Apart from keeping a home together, women often worked in munition factories, digging for victory, or serving with the WVS for Air Raid Precautions- with all the uncertainty as to whether they would see husbands, or loved ones again.
Earlier in the year we gathered at the plaque at Highbury Corner in a moving ceremony to remember those who died on May 27th 1944 as the result of a V1 attack. This so- called “ Vengeance attack” was in response to the successful D Day landings 21 days previously. 28 Civilians lost their lives at Highbury including a 4 year old girl.
However, the figure that puts it all into perspective – and which is in marked contrast to WW1 statistics- is that a staggering total of 1,423 Islingtonians and Finsburyites were killed ( and over 5,000 seriously injured) in attacks either during the Blitz in 1940/41, or later by V1 doodlebugs and V2 rockets. These weapons struck widely and indiscriminately from Mackenzie Road, Holloway in the north (Boxing Day 1944 – 73 killed) to Farringdon in the south, as late as March 8th 1945 ( 129 killed).
How frustrating it is to be deprived of all the Events planned to mark VE Day! However there will be a 2 Minute silence at 11 am on May 8th and we can raise our glasses to toast the Nation at 3pm. Singing along with a Royal British Legion broadcast that evening will cheer us all up, as a prelude to the Queen‘s broadcast at 9pm
With any luck we can look forward to a combined Event for VE Day and VJ Day on the weekend of August 15th to mark the final end of the Second World War. It will be well worth waiting for.
Islington Borough Council celebrating Commonwealth Day by joining the Commonwealth Local Government Association.
Charles Goodson Wickes with Mayor Cllr Una O’Halloran.
Representative Deputy Lieutenant for Islington attends an Remembrance service with Jeremy Corbyn.
Prince of Wales’ visit to the Refugee Service Centre
HRH The Prince of Wales ( President of Red Cross) at Refugee Service Centre , Islington
Dr Charles Goodson-Wickes, DL Miss Audrey Tibbles (90) ( Commendation Vertificate for 73 Year’s Service as a Volunteer)
Armistice Day 2016 in Islington