Essex Regiment & Essex Militia History

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Memorial by Tiptree Jam

In January 1919 Wilkins Provident Trust held a meeting to decide on a fitting memorial to the employees of Tiptree Jam ( Wilkins and Sons)  who had been killed or wounded in World war One.

The owner Mr C J Wilkin said that 70 men had enlisted from Tiptree Jam of which 11 had been killed and 17 wounded. 3 had been commissioned from the ranks and 3 had been awarded the Military Medal.

The firm wished to commemorate their achievement and proposed

A memorial field, An almshouse or an offer of 11 acres of land for the erection of cottages for the men.

The meeting agreed with the provision of a field to be prepared and ploughed ready for potatoes to be planted and that it be made available to the returning men free of charge to give the men a stake in the country. The filed on offer was the best that Tiptree Jam had available.