THURROCK residents had a chance to investigate their World War One history on Friday (6 March) at the Thameside complex in Orsett Road, Grays.
Around 50 people packed up their troubles, and marched down to the complex for a session with experts.
The event – run in partnership with Essex Record Office – showed how to access records relating to people’s First World War ancestors.
The service is freely available in all Thurrock Libraries, and includes databases such as medal record cards, some service records and war memorial details.
There was also an “Essex at War” display at the Thameside, a show which is currently touring libraries and museums throughout the county.
The Thurrock Council libraries event gave people the chance to find out how to access records, including Ancestry.com – freely available in all then borough’s libraries – and includes databases such as Medal Record Cards, some service records and war memorial details.
They were also shown how to access the Essex Record Office catalogue
One Grays woman said she had come along to find out more about her grandfather and his experiences during the war.
She discovered he had been involved both in World Wars and even served with his sons in the Second World War.
She also discovered to her surprise that after surviving both conflicts, he died, aged 55, after falling off a ladder.