Commemorative displays for fallen soldiers

Published Thursday, 1st November 2018

benches and lecture on seafront

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council is honouring the 100 years of armistice by installing four military silhouettes and two commemorative benches across the borough over the next two weeks.

The four silhouettes – three soldiers and one of an airman – are being installed in locations across the borough to commemorate those who served in the First World War. The locations of the silhouettes are:

  • Shoeburyness War memorial – Campfield Road
  • Belfairs Park
  • Southend-on-Sea War memorial – Clifftown Parade
  • Rochford Road, near the airport

The silhouettes are a poignant reminder of all those who fought and the many who lost their lives during the WW1. The silhouettes are cut from “corten steel”, which develops an attractive and stable rust-like covering over time.

The two commemorative benches and a lectern have also been installed in Gunners Park, Shoeburyness, with one of the benches commemorating World Ward 1 and the other bench commemorating World War 2. The lectern tells the story of the Poppies: Wave visit to Shoeburyness in 2017.

Cllr John Lamb, leader of Southend-on-Sea Borough Council, said: “Knowing that this year we are commemorating not only all those who lost their lives during WW1 and other conflicts, but also 100 years of armistice, we had to ensure we gave our service men and women something to be proud of.

“These silhouettes and commemorative benches serve as a poignant reminder into the importance of our military history, and the sacrifices so many made for us to live the life we do today.

“There are many events taking place across the borough, but if you spot one of the silhouettes or the benches, take a moment to yourself and think of those brave people before us.”

To see a full list of commemorative events, please visit the Southend Remembers page