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1104 wins green light for Japan prisoner of war memorial

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1104 Architects has won planning permission for this monument to British prisoners of war who were held by Japanese forces in WWII

Receiving unanimous support from Camden Council’s planning committee last week, the 7 metre-tall sculpture commemorates soldiers who perished while building the Burma Railway.

Located on Cobden Junction in Camden, north London, the £5,000 design features an inscribed granite slab supporting a ‘facsimile’ railway track.

The project includes a granite chipping surface and floor mounted pavement lighting.

Backed by Camden New Journal managing editor Eric Gordon and former Camden Council mayor Roger Robinson, the memorial is planned to open in time for World Peace Day on 21 September.

Chris Roche of 1104 Architects said: ‘The project is a very modest intervention within the town scape and if we can raise an additional £10,000 we can have some granite seating too.

‘We’re hoping to build a time capsule underneath the monument with a “roll call” of the 55,000 people that were incarcerated in the Far East.’

The sculpture will be positioned north of a Grade II-listed statue depicting free trade campaigner Richard Cobden.  

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