Our Reading Club and Creative Writing Group participated in the Passchendaele at Home project sharing stories, poems and harrowing accounts of this battle in WW1. We are remembering two local soldiers in particular:
Edwin Campion Vaughan was born in Forest Gate. As an Officer, Royal Warwickshire Regiment, he fought at Passchendale July-Aug 1917, aged 19 – and survived. You can borrow the diary he wrote in 1917 the midst of warfare, “Some desperate glory”, from the Library – an emotional read.
Walter Ellis, Rifleman, Royal Irish Rifles, died as a result of wounds received in action on 26 August 1917, aged 23. He is buried in West Ham Cemetery.