Dagenham’s Valence House Museum secures funding for tribute to those died serving in the armed forces

A book of remembrance at Valence House Museum. Picture: LBBD

A book of remembrance at Valence House Museum. Picture: LBBD - Credit: Archant

Barking and Dagenham residents who died serving in the armed forces are being honoured in a book of remembrance.

Using £4,000 secured from Tesco’s ‘bags of help’ charity scheme, Valence House Museum will create a book documenting the names of local men and women who have died while serving since World War Two.

The bags of help scheme funds community projects through the sale of plastic bags.

This is the museum’s third book of remembrance, following two books documenting the names of people from the borough who died in the forces before 1945.

Councillor Saima Ashraf, cabinet member for community leadership and engagement, said: “It’s fantastic news that the museum has been able to secure the funding for this important piece of our borough’s history.

“The brave men and women, who lost their lives so that we today can enjoy our freedom, will not be forgotten and this new book will be a fitting tribute.”

Valence House are also raising money to buy a protective case for the book. To help fund the project, donate online here, or visit the free Armed Forces Day on June 30 at Valence House.

The book will be unveiled on Remembrance Day on November 11.