128 men from Harlow who died in World War One honoured by statues


Two life-size silhouettes of soldiers, which honour the 128 men from Harlow who died in World War One, have been unveiled in The Water Gardens.

Harlow Council and HTS (Property & Environment) Ltd purchased four “There But Not There” statues to honour the men from the Harlow area who were killed in the First World War or succumbed to illness. Around 700 men from the Harlow area served in the armed forces in the First World War.

Ahead of Remembrance weekend, these poignant Tommie silhouettes were unveiled by the Chair of the Council, Councillor Maggie Hulcoop, and the Vice-Chair of Harlow Council, Councillor Clive Souter. They were joined by members of the Harlow World War One project group who came up with the idea to bring the silhouettes to Harlow as part of marking the end of the centenary of the first World War.

Before the unveiling, the names of all 128 soldiers were read out by members of the group and representatives from HTS, the Council and The Water Gardens.

The silhouettes will stand proud in The Water Gardens for 128 days and then be placed in other areas and buildings in the town to continue honouring Harlow’s war dead.

Funds raised from the sale of the Tommies contribute directly to the work carried out by charities which benefit ex-service veterans and their loved ones.

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