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Crowdfunding bid for memorial to remember soldiers at First World War training camp

PUBLISHED: 12:00 13 February 2018

An artist's representation depicting the position of the memorial on a grassed area, Main Road, Gidea Park. Photo: Royal British Legion.

An artist's representation depicting the position of the memorial on a grassed area, Main Road, Gidea Park. Photo: Royal British Legion.

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Fundraising has begun for a new memorial to be installed at the site of a First World War camp in Gidea Park.

The memorial has been commissioned at the location of the old main gate of Hare Hall Camp this year to mark the centenary of the end of the conflict.

Members of the Royal British Legion are trying to raise £7,000 to build the new memorial which will honour the 15,000 men who trained at the camp.

Romford MP Andrew Rosindell said: “Everyone in the community will have the opportunity to remember the men who passed through the training camp.

“Many in the borough are not aware of The Artist Rifles at Hare Hall or any connection they had with Essex.

“This is a great opportunity and I do hope enough is raised to keep their memory alive.”

On November 23, 2017 a short service was given to consecrate the land on Main Road where the new memorial will stand.

These soldiers included Wilfred Owen and Edward Thomas, and their poems Futility and Rain will be presented on the memorial, along with the painting, Over the Top by John Nash.

Over the Top depicts the first Artists Rifles at Marcoing, France on December 30, 1917.

To donate money visit www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/.tists-rifles-ww1-memorial.

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