To mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day last month, a family from Wanstead spent time learning about the lives of war heroes buried at St Mary’s Church on Overton Drive.
“The grave of an 18-year-old girl killed by enemy action really resonated with my daughter, 14. My son, 12, enjoyed finding out about them as well. One of the soldiers was Russell Edwin Campbell Roberts. He was born in Snaresbrook in 1899 and served in WWI. He almost made it and died just a month before the end of the war,” said Michelle Linaker.