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Hornchurch and ANZAC Day

Hornchurch and ANZAC Day.

Hornchurch and ANZAC Day.

Hornchurch and ANZAC Day exhibition – A display of images of the New Zealanders in Hornchurch during the First World War marking the centenary of the first ANZAC Commemoration Day can be seen in the Local Studies display case on the 1st Floor of the Central Library, Romford during normal opening hours from 21st April 2016 to 31st May 2016.

In January 1916, soldiers from the New Zealand Expeditionary Force began to arrive at the Grey Towers Camp in Hornchurch , newly established as their headquarters in England. Soon the camp became a convalescent hospital for the New Zealanders, and a relationship was established with Hornchurch residents which lasted to the end of the war and continues to this day.

On Easter Sunday, April 23rd 1916, a special church parade of New Zealand soldiers took place at St Andrew’s Church, Hornchurch. One of the columns near the chancel was draped with a New Zealand flag. On the flag was placed a laurel wreath with the inscription on purple ribbon “To the immortal memory of those who died for the Empire, Anzac 1915”.

On Tuesday 25th April, ANZAC Day, which honoured the members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps who fought at Gallipoli, was celebrated for the first time and a special ceremony at Westminster Abbey was attended by the Hornchurch depot.

The New Zealanders at Hornchurch sent a special message to “their comrades of the Imperial Forces who took part in the Anzac operations at Gallipoli, on this the Anniversary of our great adventure, may we the New Zealanders tender our tribute to the immortal and glorious valour of the Battalions of your Regiment whom we have the honour to claim as comrades in arms”.

Captain Fryatt and Nurse Edith Cavell

Captain Charles Fryatt

At our next meeting, on 31 March, we have a double bill.

Norma Shepherd will be speaking to us about Captain Charles Fryatt, a British mariner who was executed by the Germans for attempting to ram a U-boat in 1915.

And Bob Rush will continue the WW1 theme with a talk about nurse Edith Cavell, who helped soldiers on all sides of the conflict, yet was also executed by the Germans for treason.

The evening will begin with our Annual General Meeting – which we will keep as brief as possible.

Please do join us. Non-members are very welcome. The Society meets in Trinity Methodist church hall — for information about how to find us, click here.

Public domain photo from the collection of the Imperial War Museum via WikiMedia Commons.