In a quiet corner of the City, between St Paul’s Cathedral and the Museum of London, is a little-known memorial whose significance far outweighs its fame. The Memorial of Heroic Self Sacrifice, created in 1900 in Postman’s Park, will be the subject of ‘No Greater Love’, aired today on the BBC World Service. As part of its ‘London Calling’ series exploring the city of 2012, the BBC will investigate what makes the memorial, which comprises of more than 50 plaques, so significant.
Dedicated to those who sacrificed their own lives to save others – from a pantomime artiste whose dress set alight as she saved her friend, to a man run over by a train after saving a ‘lunatic’ woman from suicide – the Memorial is a reminder of the immense heroism that often lies behind the sort of everyday tragedies we hear about on the news. The documentary also focuses on the death of Londoner Leigh Pitt, who died in 2007 whilst successfully saving a nine-year-old boy from a London canal. Pitt became the first person to be honoured by the Memorial in 78 years. Natalie Gil
Catch the documentary on the BBC World Service on Saturday July 21 at 12.05 and on Sunday 22 July at 09.05 and 22.05.