Checking the wreaths on the war memorial a Royal British Legion committee member found a large metal plaque that been placed behind the memorial. The church adjacent to the memorial knew nothing about the plaque, but agreed to store it until something can be discovered about what it is and where it has come from.
The plaque is about 3 feet by 4 feet, extremely heavy (thought to be gunmetal) and commemorates 17 people who died in WW1 and WW2 (13 in WW1, 4 in WW2). It has ‘bosses’ on the back where it appears to have been mounted on a building at some point. I haven’t seen the plaque yet, so can’t provide a photo (hope to do that in next couple of days) but the heading is apparently along the lines of:
Great War 1914 – 1919
…..died in the war….
Gave their best….
Then lists 13 names.
1939 – 1945
Howard Harold Blower
There is no indication whether these people were in the Forces or civilians, no service numbers, just names. What I do know is that the names (WW1 and WW2) do not appear on Hornchurch’s Role of Honour (already checked by RBL Branch) so it does not appear to be local to Hornchurch, but could be relevant to somewhere close by.
I haven’t started researching this yet – first thing will be to ‘google’ the names – but I wondered if any kind person on this very well-informed site could give me any pointers?