Fundraising continues for new First World War memorial in Gidea Park

An artist's representation depicting the position of the memorial on a grassed area, Main Road, Gide

An artist's representation depicting the position of the memorial on a grassed area, Main Road, Gidea Park. Photo: Royal British Legion. - Credit: Archant

With only a few weeks left, fundraising continues for a new memorial to be installed at the site of a First World War camp in Gidea Park.

The memorial has been commissioned at the location of the old main gate of Hare Hall Camp this year to mark the centenary of the end of the conflict.

Romford MP Andrew Rosindell said: “This is a great opportunity and I do hope enough is raised to keep their memory alive.”

On November 23, 2017 a short service was given to consecrate the land on Main Road where the new memorial will stand.

These soldiers included Wilfred Owen and Edward Thomas, and their poems Futility and Rain will be presented on the memorial, along with the painting, Over the Top by John Nash.

Over the Top depicts the first Artists Rifles at Marcoing, France on December 30, 1917.

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