James Clavell Square
This Square is named after James Clavell, the famous author, screenwriter film director and producer. His connection to Firepower, The Royal Artillery Museum and Woolwich is through his service in the Royal Artillery. In May 1941 he was appointed to a commission in the Royal Artillery as Second Lieutenent reserve Anti-Aircraft Regiment and 35th LAA (Light Anti-Aircraft) Regiment. After being promoted to Captain he was posted to Woolwich in 1946.
His first book, King Rat, was based on his experience as a Gunner Officer in Changi jail and he also wrote the famous novel Shogun.
James Clavell died in September 1994. His work and service as a gunner are remembered at The Royal Arsenal and Firepower, The Royal Artillery Museum. On 31 March 2004 April Clavell, his widow, unveiled the plaque naming the square. The Royal Artillery Library is also named after James Clavell and the refurbishment of the building benefited from a generous donation from his widow.