Anonymous donor gives Portsmouth war memorial a boost

121633-4441 JEAN LOUTH (MP) MRW 10/5/2012''The first names of Portsmouth's war dead from the Second World War have been added to the war memorial in the corner Portsmouth Guildhall Square ''Jean Louth who has led the campaign for the addition of the names to the war memorial -''Picture: Malcolm Wells (121633-4441)

121633-4441 JEAN LOUTH (MP) MRW 10/5/2012''The first names of Portsmouth's war dead from the Second World War have been added to the war memorial in the corner Portsmouth Guildhall Square ''Jean Louth who has led the campaign for the addition of the names to the war memorial -''Picture: Malcolm Wells (121633-4441)

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Plans to add more names to Portsmouth’s Second World War memorial have been given a boost after an anonymous donation.

An anonymous donor has given the campaign to add names to the memorial at Guildhall Square £9,000.

The generous donation means 300 extra names can be added to the memorial, including the name of Harry Short, who died at Dunkirk.

His daughter, Jean Louth, has been campaigning for more than two decades to ensure service personnel and civilians from Portsmouth who died during the Second World War are properly recognised.

Mrs Louth said: ‘I started this campaign a long time ago because I wondered why my dad hadn’t been remembered in his home town.

‘I am very happy his name can now be included in the memorial and I’ve very grateful to the donor.’

The campaign Mrs Louth started led to the creation of a Second World War memorial, at the side of Guildhall Square, which was officially unveiled in November 2005 by Princess Alexandra.

The opening of the memorial was the start of a renewed campaign to raise £90,000 to install stone panels, on which the names of around 3,000 fallen servicemen, women and civilians could be engraved.

As a result of fundraising, including a substantial donation from Wightlink, panels inscribed with the first 610 names were officially unveiled in November last year.

Since those stone panels were commissioned, the memorial fund was given a further boost by a £19,400 bequest from the estate of JF Hooper, and two further donations of £9,000 each from Veolia and Parkwood Leisure.

As a result, six further plaques containing 1,200 names were commissioned from specialist stonemasons, and should be installed at the memorial later this year.

The leader of Portsmouth City Council, Councillor Gerald Vernon-Jackson, said: ‘This is another great step forward and shows huge generosity on the part of the anonymous donor.

‘It means we now need another four donations of this size to complete this project, which would be a fantastic thing to do before the 70th anniversary of D-Day next year.’

A £30 donation pays for a single name to be engraved on the memorial.

The memorial fund is being administered by Portsmouth City Council.

Anyone who would like to contribute can donate online at portsmouth.gov.uk, in person at the civic offices in Guildhall Square, or by post, sending a cheque to World War Two Memorial Fund, Cashiers, Portsmouth City Council, Civic Offices, Guildhall Square, Portsmouth, PO1 2AL.

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