A NEW memorial to honour the 10th Essex Regiment is set to be unveiled for Remembrance Day. Many men who served in the regiment were from Harwich and its surrounding villages in Tendring.

It was formed in Brentwood, in 1914 and was part of Kitchener’s Second New Army formed from volunteers and known as a fighting battalion.

Doctor Ted Bailey, grandson of an Essex soldier, said: “It’s time to establish one more Essex Regiment memorial to mark the end of the centenary period.

“They fought constantly throughout the Great War and ended it with great success at Preux-au-Bois, in France.”

The regiment fought in a range of battles between 1916 and 1918 including the Battle of the Somme and the Third Battle of the Scarpe. Preux-au-Bois has been selected as an appropriate place to remember their losses and their success. With this memorial to be inaugurated on November 11, exactly 100 years after the Armistice, there will be four Essex Regiment memorials in Northern France.

Donations have reached over £1,000 since September but another £1,000 is needed to pay for a structural support for the plaque. For more information on the memorial and how to donate email [email protected].