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Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Asif Shakoor's grandfather, Muhammad Ghulam Mohd

Spies fighting the Nazis in occupied France, pilots defending the homeland against invading bombers, seamen transporting essential supplies across the globe – these are just three roles performed by the sons and daughters of South Asia during the First and Second World Wars.

Baron Maurice Arnold de Forest in 1910

Millionaire, aristocrat, aviation enthusiast, racing driver, chum of Winston Churchill, self-professed ally of the working class, victim of racism – and proud West Ham MP.

Remembrance Day: Newham falls silent

Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Poppies at the cenotaph in East Ham's Central Park

Residents will unite in silent tribute to those who fought and died in conflicts both old and recent today.

Last year's service: Major Larry Davis from G Company 7 Rifles, Mayor Sir Robin Wales,  Deputy Lieutenant for Newham John Barber, Newham Council chief executive Kim Bromley-Derry and Newham Police Borough Commander Tony Nash Picture

Soldiers, schoolchildren and residents will be among crowds this weekend paying tribute to those who have died fighting for Britain.

Members of the armed forces reading poetry over the PA system at Westminster Tube station as part of this year's Remembrance events.

A retired Stratford bus manager has recorded a war poem as part of Transport for London’s Remembrance Day commemorations.

Linda lays her wreath for her fallen great-uncle

As a child, Linda Stock was taken by relatives to a strange church to watch a bell-ringing ceremony that baffled her throughout her life – until she eventually learned the truth and unveiled a deep family secret.

The Bunker Trilogy: Macbeth at Stratford Circus Arts Centre

Most of us have heard the legendary tales of Macbeth, Arthurian legend, Morgana, and the Ancient Greek Agamemnon.

One of the church bells (picture: David Levenson/Heritage Lottery Fund)

At the top of a Plaistow church tower lies an unusual war memorial.

Members of the Bitd family at the grave of Private Soloman Bird (Pic: Sandra Rowse)

Following a chance discovery by a family historian, the relatives of First World War soldier Private Solomon Bird have had a chance to celebrate his life.

The war women who worked on trains

Sunday, August 9, 2015
Women cleaning the smoking compartment of a steam locomotive (picture: National Railway Museum)

A century ago, Stratford was at the centre of the railway industry. And when war broke out, it was the women who stepped into the empty roles, as a new exhibition shows

Charlie Connelly will launch Constance Street in Newham

Have you ever wondered what it would have been like to live in Newham during the First World War?

This boy may have been from Stratford

With just the name of a studio and a date to go on, the founder of a history archive is trying to track the story of a First World War photo

The present Theatre Royal

As the auditorium at Stratford’s Theatre Royal undergoes an extensive refurbishment, we look back at the life of the “people’s theatre” over the past 130 years.

Alanah Smitten's winning design is the white and navy creation on the model in the front row on the right and the runner up design by Aimee Ward is the uniform on the model in the front row on the left.

A fashion competition has presented a student with the unique chance to see her design transformed into 4,000 NHS uniforms.

Stratford residents queuing to vote in 1955

Following Labour’s victory in the election, we look back at some of the party’s influential MPs in the borough.

A plaque was unveiled to honour First World War Naval Officer George Drewry at the cenotaph in Central Park in East Ham

One hundred years ago on Saturday a wounded Forest Gate man risked his own life to save others during the infamous Gallipoli landings.

Will Thorne

As the UK heads to the polls, local historian and author Andrew Summers reflects on the general election of 1910.

Terence Brown, Chairman of Sahara Care and Sharon Kaur, Managing Director of Sahara Care hand over a cheque for £50,000 to Kerry Michael, Theatre Royal Stratford East’s Artistic Director,  along with members of the Boy Blue cast and service users from Sahara Care.

Theatre Royal Stratford East has been awarded £50,000 a year for the next four years following the death of a former patron.

Dave Orme recently bought a postcard which was sent from a WW1 soldier to someone back home in East Ham. He is hoping to reuinte the postcard with a relative of Mrs Nottage

During the summer of 1917, a young man called Fred sent a postcard to a Mrs Nottage of Campbell Road, East Ham, to tell her of the weather he was experiencing in France and of his hopes that she was in good heath.

To celebrate its 100th birthday children at Brampton Primary School in East Ham look through old school diaries written at the time of its opening in 1915

Diaries recording the opening of a school in the midst of the First World War have been dug up to celebrate its 100th birthday.

Harry Gray (left) and Alan Hendry in front of a photograph in Wick Heritage Museum showing soldiers from the local area leaving for the Western Front in 1914.

A young, talented pianist from Canning Town was one of thousands of men to lose their life in the Battle of the Somme.

Teacher Joshua Alford and pupils Raul Simmons-Perez, 16, and Nico Zavrou Blackstock, 16, from East Barnet School, Barnet, with their clay figures. Picture: Erica Spurrier/Equity

After visiting eight cemeteries and memorials, one museum and a commemorative workshop, our tour came to an end.

The group at the Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial Park in the Somme. Picture: Erica Spurrier/Equity

On July 1 1916, thousands of soldiers walked across to German lines on the Western Front and began their assaults, confident their enemy had been weakened by a week-long bombardment of 1.6 million shells.

The British ambassador to Belgium, Alison Rose (centre), with the soldiers and pupils at the Menin Gate before the ceremony. Picture: Erica Spurrier/Equity

The fate of British deserters and the stories which lie behind every war grave were among topics considered by the students yesterday.

A British soldier paying his respects at the grave of a comrade. Picture: PA

Sixteen million deaths, 20 million wounded, six million missing. These are the cold, stark facts of the Great War, the world’s first truly modern conflict.

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