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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Tributes have been paid to former Barking and Dagenham mayor and one of West Ham's oldest supporters who has died aged 102.

Campaigners are fundraising for a memorial stone to commemorate workers who were killed in an explosion at Rainham Chemical Works in 1916.

The week between Christmas and New Year's Day is, for many people, a time for relaxing, visiting friends and family and picking up a bargain or two in the sales.

Ten of the borough's schools joined together for a stage show and exhibition in Dagenham to mark Remembrance Day and a century since the Armistice.

Forces' veterans have marched through the streets to honour the men and women from Dagenham and Becontree who lost their lives in the First World War.

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

On Armistice Day, 1918, men, women and children united to celebrate the war's end, but the relieved crowds without meaning to helped spread a deadly disease.

Peace was the message at a remembrance service in Barking today (Friday).

A computer science teacher staged a flypast to signal the start of a school's remembrance service.

Thousands of men and women whose deaths can be linked to the First World War have yet to be commemorated.

It won't be long before the First World War passes from living memory.

Young dancers took to the streets to perform a tribute to those who lost their lives in the First World War.

Town hall leader Darren Rodwell sets out his ambitious plans for 60,000 new homes in the borough - and admits: 'My parents' might have thought twice about buying their council house if they had realised the consequences.'

This year Britain's youngest armed service marks its centenary anniversary.

Barking and Dagenham celebrated Armed Forces Day on Sunday by showcasing some of the borough's best military artefacts.

A celebration of Armed Forces Day is coming to Valence House in Dagenham next weekend.

A rare collection of photos from a Barking veteran reveal what life was like when all fell quiet on the Western Front.

To mark the 100th anniversary of women getting the vote on Tuesday, next week's paper will be a special women's edition.

To kick-start the celebrations, Hayley Anderson delves into the history of the suffragettes and their role in history.

Barking and Dagenham Council leader Darren Rodwell led the borough's first memorial service today ahead of Armistice Day.

Historian and author Michael Foley charts the rise of war memorials in the wake of the First World War and how the different types of tributes to our war heroes came about.

The Dagenham Cables c.1930. Picture: MICHAEL FOLEY

The 1916 Battle of the Somme typifies the Western Front for many among the public - fierce trench fighting, dubious tactics from the British Army, casualties numbering in the thousands.

Dame Vera Lynn, who was born in East Ham and lived in Barking, has turned 100 today.

Family and friends shed tears as they celebrated the life of a "young at heart" great-great-grandmother who died aged 108.

Theatre staff are hoping to break a leg when the main auditorium reopens on Thursday following a three month closure.

This year marks the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, a conflict that cost around 10 million lives and changed forever the lives of those who experienced it at home or on the battlefields of Europe.

Throughout the year, the Barking and Dagenham Post will be retelling stirring tales of bravery from the frontline and highlighting the terrifying moments that those back home endured, worrying about their loved ones as they listened for the far-off rumble of guns from mainland Europe.

Was your grandfather a war hero? Do you have carefully preserved photos from that time?

Share your stories with reporter Sophie Morton.

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