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Date set for the addition of last names to Portsmouth’s war memorial

Jean Louth who is delighted with another large donation for the WWII memorial next to the Guildhall



Picture: Paul Jacobs (122984-1) ENGPPP00120121025104637

Jean Louth who is delighted with another large donation for the WWII memorial next to the Guildhall Picture: Paul Jacobs (122984-1) ENGPPP00120121025104637

THOUSANDS of men and women who lost their lives in the Second World War will be honoured in time for Armed Forces Day.

For the last 25 years, Jean Louth has campaigned to have a memorial plaque featuring the names of 3,436 people who died during the war.

Portsmouth City Council recently pledged to fork out £27,000 to finish the project.

Now it is hoped the names which remain to be added will be in place by June 28 – the day on which Armed Forces Day falls.

People are now being urged to check that the names of their loved ones have been recorded.

Jean Louth, whose father Harry Short was killed in Dunkirk, said: ‘On the day I know I’m going to be a bit tearful and a bit exhilarated to see my dad’s name up there.

‘For years I’ve thought why doesn’t he have his name up on a memorial in his own country so it will be exhilarating.

‘It’s also going to be great to see the civilian names going up there.’

The names will be featured on plaques, which are mounted next to the First World War memorial in Guildhall Square, Portsmouth.

It honours the lives of servicemen and women who were killed during the war, along with civilians who died during the 
Blitz.

Councillor Gerald Vernon-Jackson, the leader of the council, said: ‘I’m delighted this is finally going to happen.

‘I was stunned that a city the size of Portsmouth did not have a war memorial for the people killed during that time.

‘I managed to get the city council to find the 
£27,000.

‘I’m really pleased that at long last we have done it and it’s what those people deserve.

‘We are a military city and we must never forget 
them.’

If anyone has a relative from Portsmouth who was killed during the war, you can check that their name is registered by viewing the book in Portsmouth’s Anglican Cathedral in Old Portsmouth.

If you want to add a name to the memorial, call Jean Louth on (023) 9278 6775.

 

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