On the16th June 1815, the 5th Division under General Sir Thomas Picton, hurried from cantonements around Brussels to join the fray at Quatre Bras. After a severe mauling they marched back in dire weather to the ridge at Mont St. Jean. Ready for the onslaught by Napoleon's forces.
Over the weekend of 21st/22nd May seven members of the 44th East Essex Living History Society will be emulating this round trip of approxinately 30 miles with an overnight bivouac. Our members will be kitted out as the troops were in 1815. We are hoping to raise £1815.00 with this trek. Money raised will be split evenly between the Waterloo Uncovered Charity and the 44th East Essex Rgt. Please help us reach our target.
Next Sunday 20th March is His Britannic Majesty's 44th East Essex Regiment's second training day of the year. We will be at Tilbury Fort from 10.30am. We have added six new recruits over the past eight months, so if you are thinking if joining us, you won't be the only one learning your left from your other left! So now's the ideal time to take the shilling, come along and take a butchers. Or just pop by and say hello.
We have a very limited number of copies of Christa Hooks wonderful painting "The Fighting Fours clip the Eagle's Claws". They are printed on A3 quality paper with a white border and the title printed below. The cost is £10.00 each and £3.50 p&p (UK). Please message us if you'd like a copy.
Next Sunday, 27th February, His Britannic Majesty's 44th East Essex Regiment will be returning to Tilbury Fort for our first training day of the year. Unfortunately we were due to be there yesterday but storm Franklin caused English Heritage to close the Fort. We'll be there from 10.30am. Come along and say hello, and if you're so inclined, take the shilling. 2022 looks like being a very exciting year.
An Army Recruitment/Training Depot was formed at Tilbury Fort in 1807. They took recruits from London and the South East Recruiting Districts. From Tilbury they were shipped to the Army Depot on the Isle of Wight. It was so successful that they established a permanent staff there. It's quite possible that some of the recruits found their way to the 44th.
This photo was taken in the underground magazine storage at Tilbury Fort. Fortunately for me, the fort was not very busy on the day I visited so I managed to get permission to use a tripod on-site. The fort was very important in the defence of London from invasion up until the early 20th century.
📰 Day 35 the final blog of from Kevin Rushby is out now!
"The sense of community is strong here" The last steps of the 500 mile journey into Tilbury Fort bring elation & relief.
John Offord Ali Pretty Mike Johnston Visit Essex First Light Lowestoft Thurrock100
More brilliant photos from today at Tilbury Fort with and Tilbury is the Place for Me!
'Tilbury is the Place for Me' has been such an important project, and what a brilliant result! Truly wonderful to have Kinetika Bloco doing what they do best locally in Thurrock, and we have everything crossed to see this develop into a local Bloco.
Massive thanks to Tilbury Fort for hosting this event today, these young people won't forget it in a hurry and neither will we!
"These are the kinds of things that really stand out for young people...if you feel good about where you come from, you feel good about yourself."
'Tilbury is the Place for Me' was the theme of today, but more importantly it has been an incredible project celebrating this rich, historic and diverse place.
Shayanna from Kinetika Bloco talks about this fantastic day and explains why these projects are so important.
Filmed by Mike Johnston
We are proud to say that 'Tilbury is the Place for Me' is part of Shout Out Loud, English Heritage’s national youth engagement programme, funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund
Kinetika Thurrock Ali Pretty Tilbury Fort Essex County Council Love Essex
This is what 'Tilbury is the Place for Me' is all about 👇
Youth-led, exciting and keeping it real. Dusty history lessons is it not! Can't wait to hear the premiere of the finished song this afternoon!
English Heritage Kinetika Bloco Tilbury Fort Tilbury on the Thames Trust
Today is not only the last day of the T100 and Beach of Dreams events, but also the culmination of 'Tilbury is the Place for Me', a project to inspire local young people with the history of the area.
Here, Les Morgan from Tilbury Riverside Project talks about showing Tilbury youth around key historic sites, as inspiration for the new song, and a peek at the rehearsal 🎵
Read more about it here: https://thurrock100.com/dreaming-of-a-new-song-for-tilbury/
Tilbury is the Place for Me is part of Shout Out Loud, English Heritage’s national youth engagement programme, funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
English Heritage Kinetika Bloco Kinetika Tilbury Fort Tilbury Riverside Project