A memorial dedication will take place at Romford Cemetery next month to officially recognise an area of previously unmarked graves in which civilian casualties of World War Two were laid to rest.

The area in Romford Cemetery known to many as the “Essex Road Graves,” includes twenty four of the thirty eight men, women and children who died as a result of a bombing raid on 19 April 1941.

The sixteen graves in this area were completely unmarked until now. Each one will have a granite surround with a tablet at the foot of the grave with the names and ages of those laid to rest. Two granite benches have also been added to the area.

A memorial to all the civilians killed in Romford and an interpretive board entitled “Essex Road Night” will also be installed.

The Mayor of Havering, Councillor Linda Trew, will officially dedicate a memorial in the cemetery to all civilian casualties in Romford during the 1939 -1945 conflict.

Councillor Osman Dervish, Cabinet Member for Regulatory Services, said:

“This was a tragic event which will be very familiar to many people in the borough. I am however pleased that we have been able to mark these graves properly so that those laid to rest here can be recognised with the dignity that they deserve.”

The dedication will take place on 4 November at 11am and the Council would like to hear from anyone who may wish to take part in the dedication ceremony. Anyone who wishes to take part can call 01708 434433 or email cemeteries@havering.gov.uk