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Thurrock to host Great War helpdesk

PEOPLE are being urged to visit the Thameside complex in Grays one day next month to find out about their early 20th century ancestors.

Following last year’s successful display about the local library service a hundred years earlier, Thurrock Council’s library service will be hosting a World War One helpdesk on Friday, 6 March.

The event is being run in association with the Essex Record Office and on the day two experts from the Record Office will be at the Thameside’s heritage zone on the first floor of the complex between 10.30am and 3.30pm.

They will be available to help people trace the stories of their First World War ancestors using online sources such as Ancestry, FindmyPast and other resources available in the Records Office.

The event is free, just drop in and the Record Office’s Essex At War display will also be on show.

Cllr Richard Speight, the council’s portfolio holder for communities, said: “Last year the nation marked the centenary of the start of this war and it is important that we do not forget – the war went on for four horrific years with millions perishing and millions more damaged for life both physically and mentally.

“Nobody who fought is alive any more, but their memories need to be found, recorded and saved for future generations and for our own understanding of what happened.

“I would urge anybody who can get there to go along.”

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