The short-lived Coalhouse Fort Great War memorial. Specifically built for the men who fell at the First Battle of the Somme in 1916, but could have become a focal point for commemorating losses from all conflicts. The memorial was removed in 1917 due to insufficient permissions to build on war department property. Some of the men shown in this picture would have left the relative safety of East Tilbury to serve in Belgium or France, and it's likely they didn't all return.
The foundation stone can still be seen, and at this time of year usually acquires a number of poppy crosses. The inscribed tablet stone is also safely stored inside the fort, close to the scale replica of the memorial. These can be seen on the Fort Remembrance Day- Sunday 26th November, starting at 11am. The parade and service are at 1pm. Free entry. ... See MoreSee Less
Thanks to a visit from BT last week, the fort is looking neat and tidy for our open day this Sunday! There's loads going on! We have a pop-up exhibition, classic vehichles, re-enactment & of course our usual tunnel & roof tours! ... See MoreSee Less
We're looking for equipment for our jobs day on the 18th of October. Does anyone have any of the following things: - old sheets to protect the floor while painting - Painting overalls - Brushes/brooms for outdoors - hand trowels - outdoor dustpan & brushes Please PM us if you can help. Thank you! 😀 ... See MoreSee Less