Cathedral agrees to commemorative plaque for fallen young boys

Shell - James Martin with the piece of shell which hit HMS Baham during the first world war. In the background is a photograph of the ship

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A UNIQUE memorial to honour hundreds of young boys that died in a war has been approved by Portsmouth Cathedral.

The cathedral, in St Thomas’s Street, Old Portsmouth, has agreed to commemorate more than 500 boys, who fought and died on board Royal Navy ships in World War Two.

The idea for the plaque came from Jim Reid.

The 89-year-old of Hedge End joined the Royal Navy when he was 15.

He said: ‘Being a boy seaman was one of the greatest things of my life.

‘I come from being homeless, into a regime which was completely new to me, and to say you were a boy seaman was something to be proud of.’