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Monday, May 27, 2024

Preserving the memory of The Great War

DO you have memories of great-grand-parents, grand-parents, even parents who could recall The Great War – World War I?

Sadly the last veterans of the 1914-18 conflict are no longer with us and even those with direct memories of the time are few and far between.

But Thurrock Council’s museum service and partners wants to try and get as close as possible to those memories, even if it is recording them second hand.

Part of this year’s centenary Great War commemorations will be saving these memories for posterity and the team are on the lookout for volunteers who can help by meeting residents and collecting their thoughts.

Volunteers should enjoy listening to others and be prepared to attend training to support this role. Most tasks can be arranged to fit around people’s commitments.

Cllr Lynn Worrall, portfolio holder for communities, said: “Thurrock Council already supports almost 250 volunteers in a variety of roles.

“The group planning commemorative events to mark World War One were very keen to see this initiative in place, and I am grateful to the support of Thurrock History Society who will place memories on their website and help share personal stories across the borough.”

Anybody interested in volunteering should email community@thurrock.gov.uk or look at the volunteering section on the council’s website (thurrock.gov.uk).

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