WW1: Essex Fire Service to unveil memorial plaque

History / Fri 26th Oct 2018 at 02:40pm

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service unveils plaque to remember fallen firefighters

A NEW memorial plaque honouring 18 firefighters who died during the First World War will be unveiled at Essex County Fire and Rescue’s Headquarters in Kelvedon during a ceremony to mark the centenary of the Armistice.

The plaque, created by Chelmer Valley High School’s Technology Department, will be unveiled during the Remembrance Service on the morning of Friday 9 November.

An original plaque, created in 2014, listed the names of 15 firemen, as they were known at the time, who fell during the Great War, but research by Essex Fire Museum volunteers David Hughes and Mick Ford has uncovered the names of a further three fallen colleagues.

The names of the additional firemen are Henry William Porter, Henry Halls and Charles Childs. They served in Witham, Dunmow and Leytonstone Fire Brigades respectively between 1914 and 1918.

Chief Fire Officer/Chief Exec Jo Turton said: “As a Service we are incredibly proud of our armed forces and it is only right that we honour our colleagues who paid the ultimate sacrifice to fight for our freedom.

“It is particularly fitting that we have been able to commission this plaque so that it can be displayed on the 100th anniversary of World War One coming to an end. While the time since then is ever increasing, our efforts to honour those involved remain unchanged.”

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