Upminster War Memorial Decided by Referendum

Upminster War Memorial, Corbets Tey Road

Remembrance Sunday in Upminster is always a special event impeccably observed by residents as well as the Council, cadets, voluntary groups, local businesses, British Legion, military, scouts, cubs, local churches, and many other local groups and organisations. As we approach the 100th Anniversary of the end of WW1, it is a time for reflection and thankfulness to those who laid down their lives so that we could live in freedom.

The memorial in Corbets Tey road is the centrepiece of Remembrance Sunday, but back in 1919 there was considerable debate as to whether a monument or a memorial hall should be built. In fact, a referendum of parishioners was held to choose between the two. The outcome was split evenly, but the high cost associated with a hall meant that the monument became the preferred choice. It was not until May 1921 that the monument was eventually unveiled and, inscribed in the York stone base, are the names of 66 men with Upminster connections who lost their lives in the Great War.

With November 11th falling on Remembrance Sunday, there is no doubt that residents of Upminster and Cranham will once again turn out in large numbers to pay tribute.

Cllr Clarence Barrett



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