Video of the unveiling of the Thurrock Heritage plaque
On 11th July, 2015, a Thurrock Heritage plaque was unveiled to Gunther Pluschow. He was the only German prisoner of war to escape from Britain to Germany in World War One. He managed to reach Tilbury docks and hide on a Dutch steamer. The Kaiser rewarded Pluschow with an Iron Cross, First Class.
More about the story is on the Thurrock Museum web site.