East Grinstead remembers

11 July 2018

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At 5.10pm on Monday 9th July, East Grinstead Town Councillors, staff and members of the public came together at East Court War Memorial to commemorate an event in East Grinstead that saw the largest loss of life in a single event over all of Sussex during WW2. At exactly that time 75 years ago, an air raid over the town killed 108 people and injured 235. Most of the victims were children.

Deputy Town Mayor, Cllr Favor laid a wreath of white roses to represent the innocence lost and this poignant moment was followed by 2 minutes of silence.

A plaque commemorating the event can be seen on the Whitehall Building in London Road; the site of the largest loss of life.