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Remembrance Day 2017: Wanstead falls silent to remember the fallen

PUBLISHED: 10:07 13 November 2017 | UPDATED: 10:02 14 November 2017

Cubs lay their wreaths. Picture: April Roach

Cubs lay their wreaths. Picture: April Roach

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Crowds gathered around Wanstead War Memorial on Sunday, November 12, to remember those who fought and died in war.

Roy Brown, 74, from Chigwell, wore his father’s medals to the service. Percy Brown served in the Royal Artillery during the Second World War.

Mr Brown said: “My dad lost two or three of his friends in the war, but he was one of the lucky ones and came home OK.

“It’s pretty sad when you hear these stories about these chaps, they didn’t really want to go but they did their duty.”

Rev Jack Dunn, Rector of Wanstead, opened the service at 12.30pm, beginning with a moment of quiet reflection and a hymn to remember those who, “proudly gathered, rank on rank, to war”.

Thor Hallam, a member of the Jewish Armed Forces Committee, said: “It’s wonderful to see such a large turnout and particularly to see so many young people.”

After a two-minute period of silence, members of the community lay wreaths at the foot of the war memorial, including children who are part of groups such as Scouting, the air cadets and police cadets.

Jake Luxford, 11, from Drapers Road, Stratford, is in the 47th Epping Forest South Scout Group, and was part of the procession to lay the wreaths. He told the Recorder that it’s important they come, “to remember the people who fought in the war”.

Havering and Redbridge London Assembly Member, Cllr Keith Prince laid a wreath on behalf of the Greater London Authority. He said: “I think it’s important that we take time to reflect on the sacrifices of those who went before us.

“We need to remember that it’s not just those who have fallen, but it’s the relatives as well and those who have been injured.”

Susan Carroll, a poppy seller from Queenswood Gardens, explained that the poppy is a poignant symbol. She added: “It doesn’t matter what faith, what war you died in, everybody needs to be remembered.”

The war memorial at Christchurch Green, High Street features the names of 198 men of Wanstead who died in the Great War.

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