LEST WE FORGET………. Henry Allen
…….the twenty one young men of Little Oakley who served their King and Country in the First
World War. Their names were recorded in a mural painted on the rear wall of the original
Methodist chapel which was destroyed some years ago when a new Methodist chapel was built
The first picture is of that mural on which are transcribed the names and regiments of the Little
Oakley farm boys who served and fought in such places as Burma, India, East Africa,
Mesopotamia (Iraq), Gallipoli, as well as enduring the gas and mud of France. Five did not return
from this hideous world-wide war. Four of the men listed on that memorial were ‘Allen’; my
father and three of his brothers. Let us not forget also the pain and sorrow of all the wives and
mothers who had brought up ‘their little ones’ as well as the boys of Little Oakley.
The second photo is of my father, George Allen, about twenty one years old, with his mule in
France. George was in charge of the mules who pulled the machine guns of the 17th Middlesex
Regiment but that, as you may guess, is another story.
THE RETREAT Jo Harrison
Now we have another project in hand which requires your assistance. The Society wrote to TDC
asking for the Retreat Recreation Ground at the bottom of Beach Road to be voluntarily dedicated
as a public open space, a village green, but the reply was that it was “not felt to be something
which TDC can agree to at this time.” TDC owns it as they took it over from the old Harwich
Borough Council in 1974. The council had bought it in 1947 and also demolished the wooden
retreat building at that time.
We can apply ourselves for the dedication but we need evidence from organisations, groups,
families and individuals who have used the land for sports, leisure and recreational activities over
the last 20 years. The Government recently changed the laws relating to this so that no application
can be made once a planning application relating to the land has been made, so, if we want the
land to remain as it is for public use, we need to start this process as soon as possible. Please
contact me if you are willing to complete a form either via 5 Church Street, Harwich CO12 3DR
or by phone on 01255 502523.