World War I
Troops Parading in Wickford
During the 1914-18 war Queenie Thorrington can remember standing at her gate and watching the soldiers march up Runwell Road. Some were on horseback and there were mules straining as they pulled the guns. At 4 years old she thought it was the whole British Army and she looked for her Uncle Bob and was very disappointed when she did not see him.
She thinks the soldiers were from the Middlesex Regiment and a Scottish Regiment. Some were billeted in Wickford and the authorities said that they had to take two soldiers in. This meant that the children had to all cram in one room.
Like many families of that generation her Uncle Bob was killed in France and her Uncle Will went down with his submarine.