Wednesday, December 31, 2014

It was found in the ground coated with paint and tar, and forgotten about for 30 years – but it’s the remembrance a fallen soldier deserves.

Exhibition volunteers at the Old Chapel with heritage officer Gemma Smith (right)

The human faces of the First World War have been brought to life in a poignant new exhibition.

Cupid in 1914. [Picture: Cupid's War by Martin Laurie]

The tales of the soldiers who fought and died in the trenches of the First World War are well known.

Remembrance Day Hornchurch (photo: Arnaud Stephenson)

This morning people from all walks of life paused to remember the brave soldiers who have fought and continue to fight in conflicts around the world.

John Marshall, Kay Leiser, Linda Reynolds, Cllr Barry Mugglestone, Cllr Stephanie Nunn and David Martin (centre) fundraising for the Elm Park Royal British Legion at the Tesco supermarket in Airfield Way, Hornchurch

The Poppy Appeal is well under way for the Elm Park Royal British Legion – with members hoping to smash last year’s total.

Broadford Primary School pupils with their First World War painting

Three soldiers stand surrounded by a field of poppies, guns held high while storm clouds gather above them.

Romford MP Andrew Rosindell and Dagenham MP Jon Cruddas are campaigning for an unmark grave belonging to Arthur Bradford who fought in the First World War to be given a memorial stone. Pictured front left.

In the lead-up to Remembrance Day, MPs have joined forces to campaign for a memorial stone at the unmarked grave of a soldier.

Members of the Royal British Legion Romford, Police Cadets and Scouts joined the Mayor of Havering, Cllr Eric Munday (front centre), council leader Cllr Michael White and MP Angela Watkinson at the launch of the 2013 Poppy Appeal.

A poignant poppy appeal will be launched on Wednesday, raising money for generations of the armed forces and their families.

Club News: Studio One Artists

Friday, October 3, 2014
Members of Studio One Artists Fred Praver, 82, Alec Tiffin, 85, Pauline Fynn, 68, and Maureen Heron, 70, at their exhibition at the Cafe Gallery in Queen's Theatre

Pauline Fynn talks about her group’s passion for painting and the theme of this year’s exhibition.

Members of Studio One Artists Fred Praver, 82, Alec Tiffin, 85, Pauline Fynn, 68, and Maureen Heron, 70, at their exhibition at the Cafe Gallery in Queen's Theatre

The human faces of war are the focus of a new attraction commemorating two significant anniversaries.

Theatre manager Jai Sepple with the chair believed to have been moved by a ghost

A charity theatre that has restored two Romford war memorials and supported a social club for the elderly has made a plea for volunteers to help it continue its good work.

The Harpoon Force regiment

Soldiers often lay down their lives on missions where they are not aware of the objectives.

Andy Daniel as the eponymous Private Peaceful (Picture: Jonathan Keenan)

An actor’s 90-year-old war veteran grandfather will be the guest of honour at a Queen’s Theatre production of an acclaimed First World War-inspired play.

Hornchurch Nursing Centre held a 100th birthday party for Ivy Matthews as well as a vintage tea party that commemorated WW1. Ivy Matthews with her family.

It is not just the First World War that is marking its centenary this summer.

Representatives from the 10th Essex Regiment Living History Group outside the museum

An exhibition paying tribute to the men who fought in the “war to end all wars” was officially unveiled on Saturday.

Rainham War Memorial on Monday. Picture: Jack G

MP Jon Cruddas has demanded an explanation from Havering Council after a memorial was left hidden by scaffolding on the centenary of the First World War.

Stuart Forster had family on both sides during the first world war

Millions of people have this week been paying tribute to relatives who fought for their country in the First World War - but not many can say they had family on both sides.

Havering Show line-up revealed

Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Alexander O'Neal will perform at this year's Havering Show

Fans of soul, disco and ska music will be digging out their dancing shoes after seeing the line-up for this year’s Havering Show.

A First World War centenary service was held outside the Hornchurch War Memorial. It was for four Maori soldiers who died in Hornchurch as well as the 211 Hornchurch men who died fighting in the war.

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.

Rainham War Memorial on Monday. Picture: Jack G

As millions of people marked the centenary of the First World War this week, the names of fallen soldiers enscribed on one memorial remained hidden by plastic wrapping and surrounded by scaffolding.

Two young girls and their dog in a jeep

Hundreds of military vehicles, planes and displays were admired by thousands of visitors to the Essex HMVA Military and Flying Machines Show, this weekend.

Military vehicles went on show on Saturday at Daymns Hall Aerodrome as part of Havering's First World War commemorations (Picture: Steve Poston)

Havering Council today joins public institutions and individuals across the country in marking the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War by throwing its buildings into darkness.

File photo dated 01/11/1915 of a British soldier paying his respects at the grave of a colleague near Cape Helles, where the Gallipoli landings took place. [Picture: PA]

The “war to end all wars” is set to be commemorated through a series of events being held from this weekend onwards.

The cast performing. [Picture: Mark Sepple for Queen's Theatre]

“We are humans in the wrong time.” This sentiment portraying the loss and heartbreak incurred by the First World War is a central theme in Queen’s Theatre’s spectacular Paper Planes, which tells the life story of Sutton’s Farm aerodrome pilot William Leefe Robinson.

Volunteers from the Home Front Havering exhibition with objects from the attraction. [Picture: Havering Museum]

An attraction portraying the First World War experiences of local people has received more than £8,000 in funding.


This year marks the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, a conflict that cost around 10 million lives and changed forever the lives of those who experienced it at home or on the battlefields of Europe.

Throughout the year, the Romford Recorder will be retelling stirring tales of bravery from the frontline and highlighting the terrifying moments that those back home endured, worrying about their loved ones as they listened for the far-off rumble of guns from mainland Europe.

Was your grandfather a war hero? Do you have carefully preserved photos from that time?

Share your stories with reporter Bethany Wyatt.

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