July 29 2014 Latest news:
Palaeontology is not a subject many will readily associate with Havering.
The tale of a man who lay severely injured in no man’s land for two days after being caught up in a bomb blast is one of many local stories that will be told at a new exhibition.
Imagine flames engulfing an airship as it descends towards the ground with jubilant cheers cutting through the air from crowds witnessing the fall of an enemy machine.
Four Maori soldiers who died in Hornchurch more than 100 years ago are to be commemorated.
The secrets of code breaking were revealed during a not so secret talk by a member of the Bletchley Park Trust last week.
Children ducked for cover while receiving their marching orders from teachers as they learned about the two world wars.
Images of gaping bayonet wounds, blown-off limbs and the intermingling of blood and mud in No Man’s Land are what spring to mind when considering the First World War.
Students are in need of some assistance as they try and track down not only a war hero, but their own ancestors who fought and lived through the First World War.
“What passing bells for these who die as cattle? Only the monstrous anger of the guns,” read the first two lines of Wilfred Owen’s famous poem Anthem for Doomed Youth, which encapsulates the disillusionment he came to feel about the “Great War”.
Delving into history and unearthing its trinkets is a nostalgic passion for many people.
The sacrifices of soldiers who lost life and limb in the trenches of the First World War have been remembered by schoolchildren.
The “Great War” was one of the most turbulent periods for communities during the 20th century, with families waving goodbye to sons, brothers and fathers, and uncertainty rife about when the conflict would finally end.
At just 23 years old Pte Arthur Bailes went to the Western Front to aid the war effort; his only communication with his sweetheart was through postcards.
An Upminster veteran will join other Second World War heroes from across the country on a historic pilgrimage to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Monte Cassino, the epic struggle to capture a vital German stronghold and open up the way for the allied advance into Rome.
What would have happened if Britain did not send troops to Europe to fight the Germans in 1914? Would battle have broken out in Romford? Winston Churchill feared so.
Restoration work on the five main war memorials in Havering began this week as part of the council’s commitment to marking the centenary of the first world war.
The experiences of the millions of First World War soldiers are to be brought to life for schoolchildren.
It is now part of the third largest fire service in the world, but Romford Fire Brigade was formed in modest circumstances in 1890 by two builders.
There may now be no living links to the war, but the memory of an ancestor can be enough to feel a connection to their suffering, as one 14-year-old from Gidea Park has found.
The sacrifices of the soldiers who risked life and limb on the Western Front are the enduring image of the First World War, and rightly so.
Life on the battlefields of the First World War has been brought to life by a group of schoolchildren.
The senseless slaughter invoked by the First World War – the “war to end all wars” – ended the lives of 16 million people worldwide and permanently maimed many millions more.
You might not associate Romford with poetry or Upminster with verse, but Havering has played its part in English literature.
Plans for next year’s centenary of the start of the First World War will be unveiled at a council meeting.
Today is the 72nd anniversary of the Japanese attack on the American fleet at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.