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Rainham estate holds memorial service for Australian and New Zealand soldiers during world wars

PUBLISHED: 13:30 30 May 2018

Councillors and residents attended the second annual memorial service for the ANZAC troops of the First World War on the Green at Dovers Farm Estate. Photo: Phillip Bowen.

Councillors and residents attended the second annual memorial service for the ANZAC troops of the First World War on the Green at Dovers Farm Estate. Photo: Phillip Bowen.

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Residents and councillors attended a special memorial service to commemorate the Australia and New Zealand Army Corps (Anzac) that fought in the First and Second World War.

Councillors and residents attended the second annual memorial service for the ANZAC troops of the First World War on the Green at Dovers Farm Estate. Photo: Phillip Bowen.Councillors and residents attended the second annual memorial service for the ANZAC troops of the First World War on the Green at Dovers Farm Estate. Photo: Phillip Bowen.

The Dovers Farm Estate Village Green committee held their second annual memorial service for the Anzac troops on Sunday, May 27.

Matt Stanton, secretary of the committee told the Recorder: “It was a really good event.

“Last year the New Zealand deputy High Commissioner came. This time they weren’t able to go but they sent us a wreath on behalf of the people and government of New Zealand.

“We hope to carry it on for many more years to come.”

Councillors and residents attended the second annual memorial service for the ANZAC troops of the First World War on the Green at Dovers Farm Estate. Photo: Phillip Bowen.Councillors and residents attended the second annual memorial service for the ANZAC troops of the First World War on the Green at Dovers Farm Estate. Photo: Phillip Bowen.

Havering Council, deputy mayor Michael Deon Burton, Ray Morgon, Sally Miller, Gerry O’Sullivan, Natasha Summers, Jeff Tucker, Tony Durdin, Jan Sargent attended the event.

Cllr Graham Willliamson of the Independent Residents Group and Trevor Mckeever of the South Hornchurch Labour Action Team also spoke on behalf of the community.

“Previously there was a memorial plaque on the estate in the 1950s, so we thought it would be a fitting tribute for the people who originally built the estate, but we also thought it would be a fitting tribute to the Anzacs - the people who sacrificed their lives for the freedoms that we now enjoy,” Matt added.

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