New council housing named after World War 1 war heroes

Communities / Mon 21st Dec 2015 at 06:01pm

Riley Bros“>Riley MewsA NEW Council house development in Harlow named in the memory of three brothers killed in action during the First World War has been officially opened today (18 December 2015).

“Riley Mews”, a development of seven new Council houses, is named after Cyril, Francis and Thomas Riley who all tragically lost their lives serving in the First World War.

Private Cyril Riley served for the 5th battalion of the East Kent Regiment and died in May 1916 at the age of 17. Corporal Francis Arthur Riley died in February 1917 serving with the 8th Battalion of The Bedfordshire Regiment aged 21. He formerly served with The Essex Regiment. Private Thomas William Riley served for the 1st and 4th Battalions of the Essex Regiment and died in September 1915 aged 18. See family history in notes to editors.

The development was officially opened by Frances Payne, the daughter of one of the surviving Riley brothers Jack. Frances was joined by Councillor Rod Truan to cut the ribbon to open the new development and unveiled the road sign. The ceremony was attended by members of Frances’ family, construction staff and residents and organisations from the Harlow World War One centenary community project group.

Councillor Rod Truan, Portfolio Holder for Housing, said: “Sadly, these three young men who went off to fight for their country, never returned home to their family. We are very proud of the sacrifice Cyril, Francis and Thomas made by giving their lives for us and the Riley family name will live on in Harlow with this development named in their honour.

“Riley Mews will provide much-needed homes for Harlow’s future generations. It is also one of three housing developments making history today with the first Council houses to be built in Harlow for over 25 years. I am pleased the Riley brothers’ legacy will be part of Harlow’s future and connected to an important moment in Harlow Council housing history.”

The seven “Riley Mews” homes have been allocated for rent to Harlow families from Harlow’s Housing Needs Register.

The new estate is the second Council house development in recent weeks to be officially named in memory of Harlow soldiers killed in action. Harlow Council’s house building programme will provide a total of 18 brand new, two-bedroom Council homes for local families with a further seven houses at Fesants Croft and four houses at Foster Court.

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