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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Peter Hodges stands proudly next to the bike - now entwined with flowers - his father made and rode until he was 93 at a church flower festival.

Image from rehearsals for The Muddy Choir. [Picture: Theatre Centre]

The “lost generation” of the First World War, who sacrificed life and limb in the trenches, are the focus of a new play.

Veterans lowering the colours for fallen comrades during the Ilford service and parade. [Picture: Tony Webb]

The sacrifices of the soldiers of the First World War were captured in moving photographs taken around the borough this week.

Police officers at the Barking Abbey service (pictures: Steve Poston)

Police officers are today set to rally together to remember their predecessors who lost their lives in the First World War.

Alice White with a family photo album

Walking wounded trudge along a barren landscape for miles, feeling the absence of the thick army jackets which have been taken from them and the icy chill of winter drawing ever closer.

File photo dated 01/11/1915 of a British soldier paying his respects at the grave of a colleague near Cape Helles, where the Gallipoli landings took place. [Picture: PA]

The “war to end all wars” is set to be commemorated through events being held this weekend.

File photo dated 01/11/1915 of a British soldier paying his respects at the grave of a colleague near Cape Helles, where the Gallipoli landings took place. [Picture: PA]

Residents and organisations are encouraged to help mark the First World War centenary.

File photo dated 01/11/1915 of a British soldier paying his respects at the grave of a colleague near Cape Helles, where the Gallipoli landings took place. [Picture: PA]

The “war to end all wars” is set to be commemorated through a series of events this summer.

'I said to Sonia

A small, cramped semi in Clayhall is perhaps the last place you would expect to become the target of a letterbomb.

Poppies in South Park, Ilford. [Picture taken by Tony Webb]

This beautiful image of poppies in a meadow was taken by iwitness user Tony Webb.

Redbridge Drama Centre are hosting their first festival of professional theatre, which will go on over 10 days this month

The borough’s first festival of professional theatre kicks off on Thursday.

No.44 Sqn. Hainault Farm aerodrome 1917

Images of gaping bayonet wounds, blown-off limbs and the blood and mud of No Man’s Land are often what spring to mind when thinking about the First World War.

Redbridge Drama Centre are hosting their first festival of professional theatre, which will go on over 10 days this month

Productions seen at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and a First World War play are set to wow residents in the borough’s first professional theatre festival.

To help you to discover your ancestors who served in the First World War, start your research by visiting Vision RCL’s Redbridge Information and Heritage Service at Redbridge Central Library, Clements Road, Ilford.

Isak Halberstadt (right) with an unknown soldier. Isak survived the war. [Picture: Rabbi David Hulbert]

Two men pose proudly in their new uniforms, ready to do their duty for their country in the First World War.

Committee of Redbridge Music Society: (left to right) Peter Arben, Ian Patience, Malcolm Billingsley and David Bird

The impact of the First World War on the arts is set to be explored at a centenary commemoration event.

Kylie Walsh and Cheryl Allen are part of a project staging a First World War play. They are looking for more people aged 55 and over to take part

Life in the borough over the last 100 years is set to be explored by a community theatre production.

Undated file photo of British infantrymen marching towards the front lines in the River Somme valley. [Picture: PA]

The First World War centenary means it is more important than ever to remember fallen soldiers.

Keith Baynes with a picture of his father William Alfred Baynes

The fallen soldiers of the First World War are often named the “lost generation,” with their promise and potential cut short with their deaths.

Staff and patients from the Woodford and Wanstead Auxiliary Hospital, which was formerly Highams Manor [Picture: Woodford Historical Society]

The enduring image of the First World War is of the soldiers who lost their lives in the trenches and No Man’s Land.

Residents with family stories about the First World War are urged to come forward.

The experiences of both the soldiers who fought in the First World War and those who remained back home are set to be marked this month.

Paul Oliver with a photograph of his father from the First World War

The prospect of war for Henry Oliver meant new clothes, a meal and a bit of an adventure that would be over by Christmas.

Both Ilford MPs - Mike Gapes (left) and Lee Scott - marked Remembrance Day in Redbridge in 2013

There will be opportunities to learn about the role of women in the First World War, discover how people spent their leisure time and pay respects to the fallen as part of centenary events marking the conflict.

John Gowan who was Ilford Urban District Council treasurer was killed in the war. Picture: Redbridge Local Studies and Archives

“10,000 troops went from Ilford and surrounding areas in the First World War – only 9,000 came back,” said chairman of Ilford Historical Society, Jef Page.

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