Romford pictures: Havering commemorates 100 years since Britain joined the First World War
09:17 05 August 2014
The soldiers of the First World War, the fallen, the wounded and the survivors, were remembered by the borough at a number of commemorative events.
Yesterday (August 4) was 100 years to the day that Britain declared war on Germany and the community came together to remember all those who were involved in the conflict.
Hornchurch held its own service at 11am outside St Andrew’s Church, in High Street, which was organised by the president of the town’s Royal British Legion, Dave King, and the vicar of the church, Brian Hobson.
The event not only remembered the 211 Hornchurch men who died during the war, but also four Maori soldiers.
Privates Vasau, 22, Filitoua, 22, Taleva, 25, and rumoured royal prince Moki, 21, are buried at the church.
They were among 102 Maoris who came from the island of Niue, in the South Pacific, to the New Zealand Convalescent Hospital at the Grey Towers mansion in 1916.
But many of them found it difficult to adjust to Britain’s climate and died from pneumonia.
Havering’s main service took place in the evening, at 7.30pm.
The multi-faith service, at St Edward’s Church, in the Market Place, Romford, was led by Father David Anderson and Rabbi Lee Sunderland.
Queen’s Hospital, in Rom Valley Way, held an event with a difference.
Staff laid on a special tea for patients and celebrated the role of Oldchurch Hospital - which was used as an auxiliary medical centre during the war.