Great War commemoration set for Tilbury Fort

Tilbury Fort will be the setting for the event on Monday, August 4.

Tilbury Fort will be the setting for the event on Monday, August 4.

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TILBURY Fort will be the focus of a day-long Great War open day in August to mark the 100th anniversary of Britain’s entry into the First World War.

The day will start with a short remembrance service that will recognise the sacrifice made by 883 Thurrock soldiers, and many others.

Throughout the day on Monday, August 4, there will be a wide range of activities, including re-enactment displays, Edwardian games, a play about the emotions of war, a poetry workshop and a chance to capture family reminiscences of the 1914-18 conflict with Thurrock Local History Society.

The fort’s 18 pounder field gun will also be fired and there will be a Royal Army Service Corps horse and mule display.

The fort was used throughout the Great War as a major coastal defence site and logistic store for war equipment to be shipped out via Tilbury Docks.

Councillor Lynn Worrall, in charge of communities, said: “Tilbury Fort has played an important role in British History since Tudor times and is a very apt centre-piece for Thurrock’s commemorations this year.

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