Service held to add four soldiers’ names to war memorial

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SOLDIERS whose names were left off a war memorial have been honoured at a remembrance service.

The four men’s names were added to the memorial outside Holy Trinity Church, in West Street, Fareham, and mayor of Fareham David Norris unveiled them as part of the service yesterday.

Betty Ash (96) is proud to see the name of her late brother Sergeant George Edward Salisbury  inscribed on the memorial''  ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (143118-4543)

Betty Ash (96) is proud to see the name of her late brother Sergeant George Edward Salisbury inscribed on the memorial'' ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (143118-4543)

The Rev Sally Davenport said a prayer and blessed the memorial to honour the fallen soldiers.

Christopher Burton, 64, had come from Cyprus to see his uncle George Salisbury, who died in the Second World War, be honoured.

Mr Burton said: ‘I started the ball rolling so I thought I better come and see the finish of it. I have come to pay my respects.’

Mr Burton was in Fareham in the summer when he went to visit the war memorial and realised that his uncle’s name was not listed.

He went to the Civic Offices, where there was a plaque commemorating his Mr Salisbury. He said he was delighted when the council agreed to add his uncle’s name to the memorial.

Mr Burton was at the service with his sister Judith Thelwell, 66, from Bognor Regis and his cousin, Robin Ash, 71, from Southampton.

Mrs Thelwell praised the council for its swift action. She said: ‘We are so grateful to the council for getting this done.’

Betty Ash, Mr Burton’s aunt and Mr Salisbury’s sister, was also there.

Mrs Ash, who is 96 and lives in Portchester, said she was pleased to see her brother’s name finally included. She said: ‘After such a long time, it is nice that he will be remembered. He was a lovely man.’

A crowd of relatives and members of the public gathered for the service.

Mayor Cllr Norris said: ‘This is a fitting tribute to honour those soldiers from Fareham who fought and died in the Second World War.

‘It is so important that we remember them and pay our respects, not only during Remembrance Week but also throughout the weeks and years that follow.’

Names added to the memorial

Trooper Norman Edward Wareham, 44th Royal Tank Regiment – Royal Armoured Corps. Died aged 29 on 1/06/1942

Sergeant George Edward Salisbury, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve – 2013 Squadron. Died aged 20 on 28/03/1941

Marine Haydn Jones, Royal Marines. Born 1921, died 25/11/1941.

Lance Corporal Percy Nathaniel Whitear, 1st Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment. Died aged 28 on 20/04/1944.