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Shenfield Station War Memorial, Hutton Road, Shenfield, Brentwood, Essex, CM15 8JDT

This Memorial was originally unveiled by Sir Henry Thornton, General Manager of The Great Eastern Railway on the 28th October 1921 in memory of the five staff who worked at Shenfield Station, who gave their lives during the First World War.  It was paid for by local subscription and to our knowledge is unique on the Great Eastern System.  Apart from the fallen, nearly 30 other railwaymen who worked here also served in the forces and returned safely.

This year, marking as it does the 100th Anniversary of the start of the Great War, seemed an appropriate time to see if the Memorial could be returned to its former glory.  With the support of the local railway staff and the active involvement of Bennetts Funeral Directors of Brentwood and Billericay and their skilled contractors, I am proud to say that I think this has been achieved.

The men who are recorded are:

Sidney Walter Bailes – served on the minesweeper “Cottesmore” died of Thypoid in the 14th September 1918 aged 23 years

William David Peacock –  Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment died at the 3rd Battle of Ypres (Passchendaele) on the 24th September 1917 aged 25 years

George Edward Savill – 4th Battalion Essex Regiment died at Gallipoli on the 16th August 1915 aged 24 years

Alfred Leslie Turner – Essex Regiment died at the First Battle of Gaza on the 26th March 1917 aged 21 years

William John Wood – 4th Battalion Essex Regiment died at Gallipoi on the 20th August 1915 aged 23 years


Let us hope this Memorial will continue to act as a permanent reminder of their sacrifice.