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Grays (Thurrock) in the Great War

Grays (Thurrock) in the Great War
Grays (Thurrock) in the Great War
Grays (Thurrock) in the Great War tells the story of Grays and the wider Thurrock area from the outbreak of the Great War until the peace of 1918. The Docks at nearby Tilbury were the source of much employment in the area for both fathers and sons alike. They also played their part in the war, but not as a hub of military deployments.In May 1915 the German spy Augusto Alfredo Roggen, a Uruguayan born in Montevideo, arrived at Tilbury on board the SS Batavia, which had sailed from Rotterdam in Holland. On his arrival in England he made his way to Scotland to carry out his spying activities at the Loch Long torpedo range. He was captured, found guilty and executed by firing squad at the Tower of London on 17 November 1915.In July 1915 the German Naval officer and pilot, Gunther Plüschow, made good his escape from Donington Hall POW camp in Leicestershire and made his way safely back to Germany by hiding himself on board one of the many ships that sailed from Tilbury. He became the only German POW to escape from Britain and make it back to Germany during the First World War.The Kynochs munitions factory was situated near Fobbing on the site of what had previously been Borleys Farm. The site, which made shell cases, detonators, cordite and acetone for the British war effort, was so vast that it included its own housing estate for its workers, a hospital and a railway line. It became so big that it actually became known as Kynochtown and was a major source of employment in the area, particularly for women.There were Prisoner of War camps at Horndon House Farm, Puddledock Farm and Woodhams Quarry in West Thurrock which housed over 150 German prisoners.The Thurrock area also played an important part of protecting London from seaborne invasion up the River Thames with the help of Tilbury Fort and Coalhouse Fort at East Tilbury
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Grays (Thurrock) in the Great War
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Cover -- Title Page -- Copyright Page -- Contents -- The Authors -- Chapter 1: The Great War -- Chapter 2: Thurrock - A Brief History -- Chapter 3: Declaration of War -- Chapter 4: Timeline of the War -- Chapter 5: Thurrock's First Casualty of the War -- Chapter 6: Augusto Alfredo Roggen- A Spy -- Chapter 7: Gunther Plüschow -Escaped PoW -- Chapter 8: Reformatory School Ship Cornwall - Purfleet -- Chapter 9: L15 Zeppelin - Shot Down 31 March 1916 -- Chapter 10: The Battle of the Somme 1916 -- Chapter 11: Private Frederick Walter (de) Vere -- Chapter 12: Thurrock Through the Eyes of the Press -- Chapter 13: The Story of Joseph Farmer -- Chapter 14: The Story of James Edmund Stone -- Chapter 15: West Tilbury Village Hall -- Chapter 16: Lieutenant Colonel Sir Francis Henry Douglas Charlton Whitmore KCB CMG DSO TD JP, 1st Baronet -- Chapter 17: PC George William Gutteridge -- Chapter 18: The Wipers Times -- Chapter 19: Inspector Richard Giggins- Tilbury Police -- Chapter 20: Royal Magazine - Purfleet -- Chapter 21: Orsett & Grays Volunteer Aid Detachment Red Cross Nurses -- Chapter 22: HMS Clan McNaughton -- Chapter 23: Kynochs Munitions Factory -- Chapter 24: From Around the District -- Chapter 25: The 1918 'Flu Epidemic -- Chapter 26: The War Memorials -- Chapter 27: Church Plaques -- Chapter 28: Tilbury Fort -- Chapter 29: Coalhouse Fort, East Tilbury -- Afterword -- Index
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