Fallen soldiers’ names added to war memorial

UPDATE The war memorial outside Holy Trinity Church in West Street, Fareham
UPDATE The war memorial outside Holy Trinity Church in West Street, Fareham

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THE names of three brave soldiers are to finally be added to a war memorial decades after they were killed in action.

The memorial outside Holy Trinity Church, in West Street, Fareham, which was built in 1921, has been updated several times over the years but the three have been missed off.

Now, after months of research, the names Stephen Ware, George Edward Salisbury and Norman Edward Wareham will be added before Remembrance Sunday in November.

Ray Edmunds, from Fareham, is the nephew of Norman Wareham, who was in the 44th Royal Tank Regiment Royal Armoured Corps.

Mr Wareham, from Fareham, was killed in 1942 aged 29 in Libya. His family had wanted to see his name added to the memorial for many years, however they were unsure how to go about it.

It was only after contacting the council that they discovered council officers were collating details and undertaking research for an exhibition at Holy Trinity Church to commemorate the centenary of the start of the First World War.

Mr Edmunds said: ‘His name never went on there for some unknown reason.

‘We are very pleased that our uncle will now be remembered for all the time that the memorial is there.

‘His life was taken from him for our good and the good of future generations.’

One of the other names came about after a distant relative, who lives abroad and was visiting for the D-Day commemorations, visited the war memorial and messaged the council to say his relative’s name was missing.

The other was traced through council research.

George Salisbury, from Portchester, was a sergeant in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve 203 Squadron and died aged 20 in 1941 in Egypt.

Stephen Ware, from Southwick, was a private in the Hampshire Regiment 12th Battalion. He died aged 34 in the Balkans.

After receiving the names, council officers set about verifying the information and informing the Commonwealth War Graves Commission before they received permission to add the names.

The names will be added to the memorial on Tuesday.