A group dedicated to the memory of the Artists Rifles, who were based in Romford, is raising money to help install a four-sided Memorial to this famous First World War Regiment of artists, sportsmen and poets opposite Links Avenue in Gidea Park.

Famous members of the regiment included poets Wilfred Owen, Edward Thomas and engineer, Sir Barnes Wallis (inventor of the Dambusters’ Bouncing Bomb.

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  1. Peter Scolding on 19th July 2019 at 15:17

    I have just seen the excellent Memorial in Main Road and wished that I had donated towards it. Is there a Fund to maintain the Memorial to which I could donate?

    • Pete Johnson on 20th July 2019 at 06:02

      Hi Peter,
      Apart from helping to publicise the efforts to get the Artist Rifle Memorial built, the Havering Museum has had no direct involvement with project. As far as I’m aware it’s RAF in Essex that have raised the money for the Memorial. If you check out their Facebook page about the unveiling it gives their contact email address as If you email them, they may be able to give you more details.

    • Alison Bennett on 2nd July 2023 at 07:12

      My sister and I were honoured to be invited to the installation of the memorial. Our grandmother, Mary Jamieson, had been a Forewoman Cook based at Hare Hall with the 2nd Artists Rifles. Sadly her service records were destroyed during WW2 and she died before either of us was born. The only record we have of her time there is her photo alongside 6 other still unidentified WAACs.

  2. Dave Careful on 29th April 2021 at 11:49

    I’ve literally just passed this for the first time! What a wonderful memorial and would love to know if there are plans for anything else commemorating these brave men?

    • Pete Johnson on 29th April 2021 at 11:54

      Hi David,
      There are no plans at present for another exhibition about the Artist Rifles but they do get a mention sometimes in other displays and talks.

  3. Histroy at RAF Essex on 14th January 2022 at 13:32

    Yes there are more plans afoot and another exhibition planned which we had to cancel due to COVID. Contact the email address below for details:

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