Monday, 2 May 2011

News - 18 'forgotten' names added to memorial (Southwell)

THE names of 18 servicemen from both world wars that were missing from a Notts war memorial were added at a dedication ceremony at the weekend.

Brothers Andy and Robert Gregory of the Southwell branch of the Royal British Legion (RBL) discovered that names were missing while doing research at Southwell Minster.

The addition of the names of 17 servicemen who died in the First World War and one from the Second World War was marked on Saturday by a wreath-laying.

The memorial was paid for by the town council and installed at the minster in 1920.

Among those attending were relatives of previously unrecognised Flying Officer John Michael Godfree Browne, whose death inspired the creation of lace panels depicting the Battle of Britain, and Sergeant Frederick Handley, of the 1st 5th Battalion of the Notts Derby Regiment, who died of pneumonia in October 1918.

Andy, 55, chairman of the Southwell RBL branch, said: "It was very emotional to see the names up there. They were special people."

Saturday was also the 90th anniversary of the dedication of the memorial on the Burgage.

A service took place to mark the event with residents laying flowers and small posies on the memorial.

It was followed later in the day by an RBL concert, featuring the band of the Royal Air Force College and performances by the Harborough Singers.


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