Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Remembering the Forgotten Army in Thurrock

A permanent memorial to the Thurrock branch of the Burma Star Association has been created.

It will be unveiled at the Rose Garden in Wingfield Avenue, Orsett on Monday, 23 May at 2pm.

Regular attendees of the association’s annual service will be aware a triptych – a hinged three panel tablet – featuring the names of Thurrock Burma Star Association, was taken to the event at the Rose Garden each year by veteran members.

Thurrock Council would like to thank the Veolia North Thames Trust, whose generous grant of £5,000 has contributed towards the cost of a new and permanent memorial.

The memorial is being erected in recognition of the role Thurrock Burma Star Association played in helping preserve the memory of the Burma campaign, and of those who lost their lives in this conflict during the Second World War.

The event is open to all.

Community Development and Equalities Manager Natalie Warren, said on Monday (9 May): “The Burma Star Association was very active locally, but sadly, over the years, its members gradually dwindled.

“During the Second World War, the Burma Campaign – from 1941 to 1945 – was rarely in the headlines, but the so-called Forgotten Army played a key part in fighting for freedom … our freedom.

“And we should remember how Thurrock Council so aptly made the association Freemen of the Borough.

“It is important that we in Thurrock are doing our little bit to ensure the Forgotten Army is not forgotten here as those who took part pass away and memories of their actions fade with them.”


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