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Commemorative service remembers Thurrock's fallen World War One soldiers

1 July 2019
A World War One (WW1) British prisoner of war from West Thurrock has been honoured in a special memorial service 101 years after his death.
On Thursday 27 June, tributes were made at West Thurrock Cemetery for Pte Howarth and other fallen service men and women from Thurrock during the First World War. The service was the result of a Full Council question put forward on Wednesday 25 July 2018, by local resident Mr Peter Perrin, who had researched Pte Howarth’s story extensively.

Thurrock Council celebrates Armed Forces Day 2019

17 June 2019
Thurrock Council will once again be commemorating Armed Forces Day with a series of events.
A special ceremony on Monday 24 June will see the Armed Forces Flag raised outside the Civic Offices, Grays to remember and honour those who fought for our country. The event, hosted by Cllr Terry Piccolo, Mayor of Thurrock, begins at 10.15am.

Thurrock honours the 75th anniversary of the D-Day Landings

6 June 2019
Tributes have been made to soldiers at a special ceremony marking the 75th anniversary of the D-Day Landings.
Grays Thurrock Branch of the Royal British Legion held a commemorative service at Grays War Memorial on Thursday 6 June – exactly 75 years to the day that the Landings took place – to remember the D-Day Landings, the Battle of Normandy and the Battle of Monte Cassino.

Thousands line the streets as Thurrock marks Remembrance centenary

13 November 2018
Thousands of people paid their respects at Remembrance parades and ceremonies in Thurrock over the weekend.
Huge crowds gathered for events across the borough to mark Armistice Day and the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, including packed services in Grays Stanford-le-Hope and Tilbury.
Beacons were also lit at Coalhouse Fort, East Tilbury and in Purfleet, while special events and exhibitions took place at Thameside Theatre and Thurrock Museum in Grays.

Grays War Memorial improvements

9 November 2018
Railings have been installed on the flowerbeds at Grays War Memorial as part of more than £80,000 invested in the borough's war memorials to make sure they are all looking their best for the centenary of the end of the First World War.
The small railing prevents people from sitting on the flowerbed wall and have been fitted to deter groups from using the site as a place to congregate and hang-out.

Thurrock prepares to mark 100th anniversary of the end of World War One

19 September 2018
Preparations are already under way for Thurrock to mark the important event of the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War on 11 November.
Ahead of the centenary war memorials across the borough are being cleaned, 834 poppies will be displayed on lampposts to commemorate all from the area who died in the war and special planters will be installed at all cemeteries where war dead are buried.

War memorial restored to its former glory

7 August 2018
The war memorial at Turps Corner, Little Thurrock, has received an extensive clean and maintenance work, including experts re-etching the names of those whose sacrifice it commemorates.
The work has taken place as part of a scheme to clean and restore all 8 of the war memorials for which Thurrock Council is custodian, so they are ready to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War this November.

Silent Soldiers at Grays War Memorial

25 June 2018
A pair of Silent Soldiers will stand guard at Grays War Memorial from Monday to mark the centenary of the final year of the first world war.
Two stunning silhouettes of World War 1 (WW1) Tommies were unveiled on Armed Forces Day, Monday 25 June.
Work will also take place at war memorials across the borough as Thurrock prepares to mark the centenary of the end of WW1 in November.

Flying the flag for Armed Forces Day 2018

11 June 2018
Thurrock Council will be hosting its annual flag raising ceremony to commemorate Armed Forces Day on Monday 25 June.
The event, which will take place outside the Civic Offices at Grays, begins at 10:25am with a warm welcome from Cllr Barbara Rice, the Mayor of Thurrock, and a speech about the importance of remembering and honouring those who fought for our country.
Following a prayer by Reverend Canon Darren Barlow, Jackie Doyle Price – MP for Thurrock – will commence with the raising of the Armed Forces flag.

War Memorial gets a refresh

6 February 2018
Thurrock Council, in consultation with the Royal British Legion Society (RBLS) and the World War One Commemorative Events Committee, will be replacing two trees near the Grays Cenotaph with new lower level planting.
Leader of the Council, Cllr Rob Gledhill said: "The trees were becoming too big for the beds and growing too high and interfering with the flag pole close by.
"We know this area is important to Thurrock and in our ongoing work commemorating the centenary of World War 1 to honour British troops, I’m very pleased to see improvements being made.