‘There But Not There’: local youngsters will be the voice of Woodford’s WWI soldiers

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Local soldiers who lost their lives during the First World War will be honoured at an event in South Woodford this October. “Using information researched by local resident Adrian Lee, a small number of soldiers will be given a voice through words, pictures and music. They will represent the many soldiers whose names are on memorial plaques throughout Woodford,” said Viveca Dutt, a trustee of the Woodford Memorial Hall, which is hosting the ‘There But Not There’ presentation. Young people from St Mary’s Church, local schools and cadet groups will provide the voices of these soldiers, many of whom will have been the same age when they enlisted and died. Most of Woodford’s casualties during the Great War were those who volunteered between 1914 and 1916 and a stone tablet at St Mary’s Church commemorates 73 local men who lost their lives in the conflict. The evening event will take place on 8 October from 7.45pm (tickets: £8, including refreshments). Call 020 8505 3352