Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Fundraising has begun for a new memorial to be installed at the site of a First World War camp in Gidea Park.

To mark the 100th anniversary of women getting the vote on Tuesday, next week’s paper will be a special women’s edition.

To kick-start the celebrations, Hayley Anderson delves into the history of the suffragettes and their role in history.

A chilling thriller about two socially adept men who commit murder for the sake of living dangerously, is coming to Hornchurch’s Queen’s Theatre.

A new memorial will be installed at the site of a First World War camp in Gidea Park to remember the soldiers who trained there.

A hundred years ago, with many Havering men away at war, the festive season was very different reports Prof Ged Martin

Dozens of Havering residents gathered at the Hornchurch Country Park war memorial on Sunday to pay their respects to the fallen on Remembrance Day.

A special constable turned Romford footballing sensation who was killed during the First World War had a plaque unveiled in his honour at Essex Police HQ on Saturday.

Leonard Trimmer was one of many young men to directly experience the dark days of the First World War.

Soldiers past and present will be in the community’s thoughts next weekend, as a number of services are held to mark Remembrance Day.

In the second part of our feature on early 20th century footballer Arthur Jones, historians Terry Felton and Linda Rhodes tell how he went to war and died at Passchendaele.

In the latest of a series about day trip ideas for people interested in history, Prof Ged Martin looks at South Ockendon

Businessman Frederick Westgate’s 50 years in Romford made him a rich man, as Prof Ged Martin explains

Exactly 100 years ago this week, on August 27 1917, Arthur Edwin Jones was mortally wounded at the Battle of Passchendaele and died two days later.

The great-nephew of a soldier killed during the First World War travelled to Belgium this week for centenary commemorations.

“I died in hell – (They called it Passchendaele).”

St Nicholas Church held a memorial service to recognise the sacrifices made by those who fought in two key battles during the First World War.

When Romford children were transferred to a Dagenham school in 1937, parents launched a mutiny, as Prof Ged Martin explains

The 1916 Battle of the Somme typifies the Western Front for many among the public – fierce trench fighting, dubious tactics from the British Army, casualties numbering in the thousands.

Holy Cross Church held a launch event on Sunday, June 18, to celebrate an upcoming exhibition about a popular artist who was killed in the First World War.

Residents of Dovers Farm Estate celebrated St George’s Day with a number of activities for the whole community to enjoy.

Cricketer and a force in local politics – Prof Ged Martin finds out more about a forgotten man

The world was a very different place in 1908, with royals ruling vast territories, women campaigning for the vote and the devastating First World War six years away.

A few weeks ago, the hand-written memoir of Louisa Alice Perris, was discovered by staff at Romford Grange Care Home, Collier Row Lane, Collier Row.

An extraordinary search has begun to trace relatives of a football legend 100 years after his death, so his name can be added to a First World War memorial.

A school received an usual letter from an anonymous collector, who found a 100-year-old badge in a flea market.


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.


Fed up with haggling on people’s drives over a used car, only to find out later it’s on its last legs?

Many drivers will be heading to the showrooms in March looking to pick up a car bearing the shiny new 18 registration plate.

Window and conservatory specialist Ken Rhodes talks about the possibilities for brightening up your home for the new year, and with their home improvement finance deals it’s possible for everyone to make some changes

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