Memorial plaques restored in time for Remembrance Sunday

29 October 2019

Thurrock Council has teamed up with local community groups to replace plaques stolen from the War Memorial in Purfleet during March 2019.

The plaques are inscribed with the names of the town’s fallen World War 1 heroes and will be unveiled on Remembrance Sunday after being shamefully stolen from St Stephen's Church.

Community groups – including St Stephen’s Church, Purfleet on Thames Community Forum and Purfleet Heritage Centre – worked with the council to make sure the monument was restored in time for Remembrance events.

Leader of Thurrock Council, Cllr Rob Gledhill, said: "I am delighted that the memorial honouring our fallen Purfleet heroes will be returned to its former glory.

"It is unthinkable to comprehend why someone would vandalise and steal such a significant tribute to not only those from Thurrock who sacrificed their lives for us but the millions of others who bravely and courageously served the country.

"In true Thurrock style the community have pulled together to ensure the plaques are restored in time for Remembrance Sunday."

Demus Lee, a warden at St Stephen's Church, said: "Many thanks to Thurrock Council, Madstone Ltd and all involved for the magnificent support given to replacing the plaques. This is a fine example of how a well-meaning community can work together for the common good."