Wednesday, October 19, 2016

A soldier whose grave was wrongly marked for more than a century has been buried with full military honours.

It’s seen bloody religious warfare, the revolutionary effects of industrialisation, the birth of socialism and it played a key role in the creation of the biggest empire in history.

Tucked away in a Victorian church, 200 metres from the runway of a busy international airport, first-time visitors to the Brick Lane Music Hall would be forgiven for thinking they’ve come to the wrong place.

While the British Empire had mastery of the seas, control of world trade and one of the wealthiest societies in human history, growing up still wasn’t easy.

A century ago this month – while the nation reeled from the indecisive Battle of Jutland, the death of Lord Kitchener and the Somme offensive – a solemn ceremony marked the erection of a very special war memorial.

For 72 years, the Newham Cornwell VC Sea Cadets has offered young people the chance to hit the waters and learn invaluable life skills.

Patriotic parades in the streets, suspected foreigners attacked or locked up, hundred-yard queues for basic foods – this was the quite inconceivable Newham of the First World War.

Primary school pupils have created a giant snakes and ladders board game for an exhibition about a black footballing pioneer.

A representative of the Queen was one of hundreds of people to pay tribute to a valiant boy who died for his country 100 years ago.

Imagine living in a city where several hundred tonnes of high explosives fell from the sky and smashed into the streets and houses and factories every other day.

A century ago, the town of Kut, in modern-day Iraq, was under siege from the Ottoman army.

One man’s determination to tell the story of a nurse who died nearly a century ago has brought together dozens of people – and changed one family forever.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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