YMCA remembers

YMCA West London remembered staff who died in the two world wars, and laid a wreath on our commemoration board at South Ealing.

The YMCA nationally played a significant role in the two world wars.

First World War

YMCA supported the troops with huts for soldiers to have food and rest on the front line, or at camps and stations.

An American YMCA worker introduced the red poppy which became a worldwide symbol of remembrance.

Second World War

YMCA introduced mobile canteens to bring refreshments to the troops, and supported refugees and prisoners of war.