Search

Armistice 100: Barking stops to remember those fallen in conflicts past and present

PUBLISHED: 14:52 11 November 2018

Councillor and mayor, Sanchia Alasia, laying a wreath. Picture: Rhiannon Long

Councillor and mayor, Sanchia Alasia, laying a wreath. Picture: Rhiannon Long

Archant

Barking joined together today (Sunday) to remember those fallen in the First and Second World Wars.

On the 100th anniversary of Armistice, the First World War treaty which saw Germany surrender and fighting on the Western Front cease, members of the council and uniformed organisations remembered those who sacrificed their lives.

Mayor Sanchia Alasia, council leader Darren Rodwell and Barking’s religious leaders laid wreaths and joined a procession through the town.

The service began at the war memorial in Barking Park, where wreaths were lain and a service was led by Reverend Trevor Mwamba.

He paid tribute to those fighting in conflicts now, before an excerpt of For the Fallen, by Laurence Binyon, was read.

Wreaths were lain on the war memorial in Barking Park before a parade through the town. Picture: Rhiannon LongWreaths were lain on the war memorial in Barking Park before a parade through the town. Picture: Rhiannon Long

He said: “Let us remember those who have given their lives in the service of their countries in other conflicts.

“We pray for those who suffer at this time. We pray for those who have been bereaved. We pray for peace.

“We pray that we may be worthy of the sacrifice made on our behalf.”

Police cadets, Brownies, Cubs, Scouts and Guide groups then led a procession through Barking town centre before reaching St Margaret’s Church in the grounds of Barking Abbey. Members of the public and business owners left shops and stopped to watch the procession.

Council leader Darren Rodwell laying a wreath. Picture: Rhiannon LongCouncil leader Darren Rodwell laying a wreath. Picture: Rhiannon Long

A two minute’s silence was held at St Margaret’s Church at 11am ahead of a church service.

The parade reassembled after the service to walk past the Job Drain statue outside Broadway Theatre, before ending with refreshments at Barking Learning Centre.

The statue pays tribute to Job Henry Charles Drain from Barking, who received a Victoria Cross medal for his efforts in the army during the First World War.

Earlier in the week, Barking and Dagenham Council held a service outside the statue, while Dagenham Royal Naval Association held one at the war memorial in Dagenham Village.

Reverend Trevor Mwamba from St Margaret's Church led a short service in Barking Park. Picture: Rhiannon LongReverend Trevor Mwamba from St Margaret's Church led a short service in Barking Park. Picture: Rhiannon Long

Valence House is marking Armistice with the launch of a book commemorating all servicemen and women from the borough who’ve lost their lives since the end of WW2. There will also be a museum exhibition on display until the end of November, showing individually named poppies for every man from Barking or Dagenham who died during the war.

Police cadets, Guides, Brownies, Cubs and Scouts groups joined the parade and service. Picture: Rhiannon LongPolice cadets, Guides, Brownies, Cubs and Scouts groups joined the parade and service. Picture: Rhiannon Long

Latest Barking and Dagenham Stories

40 minutes ago

A young man is in hospital after being stabbed repeatedly near Barking station.

07:00

Neighbours are crying out for help from police following a spate of burglaries which left them fearing for their safety.

Yesterday, 19:00

Council chiefs have agreed a deal for the borough to become the landlord of a hotel in Poplar

Yesterday, 16:00

Work on the Overground extension to Barking Riverside is set to begin next year.

Yesterday, 16:00

Daggers have been knocked out in the first round in each of the last two seasons

Yesterday, 15:25

Two teenagers have been charged with the murder of a Dagenham man who was fatally stabbed in Anerley.

Yesterday, 15:00

St Mary’s Lane club lost 24-14 at home to Ilford Wanderers last weekend

Yesterday, 14:00

Vera Sime, one of the original Dagenham Ford strikers, has died aged 88.

PROMOTED CONTENT

The Exchange in Ilford has added a state-of-the-art, Savannah-themed play area, with hand painted animal sculptures, to its brand new family zone, designed by American creative agency Playtime

Are you aged over 25 and an unpaid carer? If you want to return to employment but need practical help and support to get there, Working for Carers can help.

Everest Estates stress-free service guarantees a fixed income for your East London or Essex property every month, even if no one is currently living there. Here they talk about the scheme and explain how it can help you dodge common letting headaches.

Newsletter Sign Up

Barking and Dagenham Post twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read news

Hot Jobs

Show Job Lists

Education Promo

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Barking and Dagenham Post
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now