Stanford war memorial group appeal to residents

STANFORD residents who will have noticed the recent restoration works completed on the war memorial on The Green, can now begin to look forward to Phase Two of the restoration beginning on their beloved war memorial. Following the deep steam clean by local businessman and wife team, David and Marie Adamson, residents will soon start to see some more of the work which is being planned to commemorate the beginning of The Great War, now commonly known as World War One.

“The response from local residents; the donations which have been coming in from all over Stanford, Corringham, Thurrock, and even as far as the West Country show just how we feel about our lost servicemen!”, notes Cllr Hebb, councillor for Stanford West who is also Chair of the Memorial Fund group.

Community figures and local business have supported the actual clean, with Adamson Conservation, L.E. Brands, and Loakmans all directly performing the cleaning or providing the utilities to do the cleaning. In addition what has already happened, we are likely to see the installation of a flag pole and MOD-approved flag (like when the memorial was first unveiled in 1920), and the lettering being re-blackened in the Summer.

The Group have also worked hard to see if there have been any more lost servicemen since the end of WW2 who originated from Stanford-le-Hope to make sure we have the opportunity to remember the service they gave for their country – “So far we haven’t found anything about anyone who may have passed away in conflict, and that’s after we have investigated with the Ministry of Defence and other local groups”, says Terry Piccolo who is the local Forum Chair and a member of the War Memorial Group.

Phase Two of the plan aims to identify and remember any serviceman who never returned to Stanford – following conflicts abroad in places like Afghanistan or Iraq – by immortalising their name on a new plaque on the memorial. The Stanford War Memorial Restoration Group are asking residents to come forward if they know anyone who may have died in conflict that should be remembered forever more.

If you know someone who passed away in conflict in our armed services, or know something about someone who we lost in battle, please contact shebb@thurrock.gov.uk, or terry.piccolo@sky.com, or 07881 500388 or c/o Cllr Shane Hebb, Thurrock Council, Civic Offices, New Road, Grays, RM17 6SL, so further investigations can be made.

“Given the amount of conflict that the UK has seen abroad in the last 60-70 years, and thinking about how many of our brave boys and girls have gone abroad to fight for us and others in danger, the fact that we cannot find anyone who may have fallen in service is amazing news in that we hopefully haven’t had any more wartime fatalities who came from Stanford-le-Hope or Corringham”, notes Shane Hebb. “The worry is that we do actually miss someone who has actually has died in service, and we want to make sure that they are never forgotten by the future generations. If you know anything, please get in touch. You would be doing them a wonderful service”.

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