Hornchurch carpenter builds temporary war memorial in front garden to mark 100th anniversary of Armistice Day
PUBLISHED: 07:36 06 November 2018 | UPDATED: 07:36 06 November 2018
To mark the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, a 76-year-old man has built a war memorial in his front garden, covered in hundreds of poppies.
Alan Whitehead, Vicarage Road, Hornchurch, has spent the past three weeks building the memorial out of plywood to the delight of his family, neighbours and passers-by.
He said: “My sons go to the F.A.B Scooter Club and with them, they’ve visited some of the battle grounds over the years like the Somme.
“But it was a couple of years ago, when one of my sons said I should create something to mark the 100th anniversary and I thought that would be a good idea.”
Carpenter Alan has decorated the memorial in 900 poppies and each plaque tells people about the number of people of all nationalities that died from around the world during the First World War.
Next to it, he has a sign which reads: “This temporary memorial to commemorate the centenary ending of the First World War will be removed in November.
“There are 100,000 permanent war memorials in the UK and some are in poor and very bad condition.
“The War Memorials Trust raises funds for their repair.
“You can help by donating”.
Alan said: “There’s been a lot of reactions from people who pass by and it’s all been positive.
“Children have passed by and have all been interested in what it is, learning more about what’s on it and how I made it which is nice.
“It’s so important that we remember what these people sacrificed for our country and I wanted to pay respects to them with this memorial.
“I also wanted to raise more awareness of the War Memorials Trust which makes sure that the permanent memorials that we do have in the UK are kept in good condition.”
Remembrance Day services will be taking place throughout the borough on Sunday, November 11.
To make a donation to the War Memorials Trust, visit warmemorials.org/donate or call 0207 834 0200