New street names to honour war heroes

By Jim Dunton - Fri 22 November 2013, 2:30 pm

Barking & Dagenham Council has announced that new streets being created in its redevelopment of the Goresbrook Village estate will be named after battles fought in the Great War.

The main street in the development - which is being created following the demolition of three tower blocks - will honour a hero soldier who died defusing a bomb in Dagenham during the Second World War.

Council leader Liam Smith said the new primary road in Goresbrook Village would be named Reginald Ellingworth Street, in honour of the bomb disposal chief petty officer, who was awarded the George Cross after being killed defusing a bomb in Oval Road North in 1940.

The development’s other streets will be named after First World War battles that involved the Essex Regiment, which later became the Royal Anglians, now the official regiment of Barking and Dagenham.

They will be: Gallipoli Place; Ypres Place; Krithia Road; Marne Road; and Kemmel Road.

Councillor Smith said  that although the Great War battles happened almost 100 years ago, it was important that the sacrifices of young men of the Essex Regiment were remembered in the borough.

"We must never forget the sacrifice that others have made for their country and also the huge contributions and sacrifices made by Commonwealth and former British Empire troops,” he said.

“These street names will remain as a reminder to generations to come."

The Goresbrook Village scheme is part of the Barking & Dagenham’s estate renewal project, which is also seeing Gascoigne, Leys and Althorne Way estates demolished and rebuilt.

A total of 149 homes will be built on the site, with the first expected to be ready by spring 2015.

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