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Names to be added to Havering war memorials

PUBLISHED: 10:00 31 August 2015

Cllr Melvin Wallace at Hornchurch War Memorial

Cllr Melvin Wallace at Hornchurch War Memorial

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Missing names of servicemen and women who gave their lives during the First World War are to be added to Havering’s war memorials.

The Essex Commemoration Project has provided Havering Council with extensive research on those who have fallen in conflict and identified names that are missing which the council wants to add as part of its WW1 Centenary Project.

Cllr Melvin Wallace, cabinet member for culture and community engagement, said: “Now that work to restore the borough’s main memorials has been completed, it’s only right that the correct names are displayed on them.

“This is an important piece of work which will take a while to complete, and that is why we need to get it right first time. I urge residents take a look at the lists on the website and make an objection if necessary.”

Sean Connolly, of Farm Road, Rainham, and his collaborator Steve Fifer, from the Essex Commemoration Project, spent 18 months researching names for the Rainham war memorial.

It was during their research that they discovered the other memorials in the borough also had names missing and needed corrections.

Restoration work on five of the borough’s main war memorials – Romford, Rainham, Hornchurch, Upminster and Harold Hill – have already been completed.

There are also plans for further improvement for Coronation Gardens, funded by Veolia North Thames Trust and the London Mayor’s Pocket Park Programme.

Work will begin on adding names or corrections on the Hornchurch war memorial.

A list of the names as well as a number of corrections are available on Havering Council’s website until the end of September and any objections from family members can be made using the online form.

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