I made an interesting discovery last weekend while taking my daughter over the local park. On the front of one house across the road was a new looking Blue Plaque. London's blue plaques scheme was founded in 1866 - it is believed to be the oldest of its kind in the world - and are usually placed to commemorate the link between notable figures of the past and the buildings in which they lived and worked. This particular plaque honours the former Dagenham resident Sir Tasker Watkins.
Tasker Watkins was born in Wales but lived in Dagenham for 15 years until the end of the War. He was awarded the Victoria Cross for bravery in north-west Europe in August 1944. The Plaques page on the local council website has the following details: