Day of remembrance held to remember Purfleet gunners

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A DAY of remembrance was held on Sunday 31st March at Purfleet to acknowledge the Purfleet gunners who on 31st March 1916 shot down the first Zeppelin L15.

Former MP Andrew MacKinlay paid tribute to the gunners.

A Thurrock Green Plaque was unveiled on a stone donated by CED Stone Ltd. Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Essex spoke of the day the Zeppelin was hit. A military parade from Purfleet Heritage Centre included a WWII bus from the Ensign Bus historic fleet.

Sapper Joseph James Randall was also remembered as the last soldier from WWI who lived in Purfleet, he died from injuries received in the war on 21st March 1919.

Our MP, Deputy Mayor Terry Piccolo, all three local councillors, Mr Dennis George Rensch MBE and dignitaries attended.

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