War hero to have his name put on town’s memorial

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AN AIRMAN killed when his plane crashed into a Malaysian jungle will be honoured in his home town 60 years after his death.

Corporal Philip Bryant, from Lee-on-the-Solent, will finally have his name added to the town’s war memorial.

His body had been buried beside a crashed plane in Gua Musang since 1950.

As reported in The News, a joint Malaysian and British task force recently found the wreck site and exhumed the bodies of the plane’s crew.

Now Gosport Borough Council has said it will honour Cpl Bryant by engraving his name into the memorial.

Cpl Bryant’s sister Sheila Tebbett, 73, who now lives in Spain, said: ‘It is absolutely wonderful. I am thrilled and so very pleased to know his name is going to be added to the memorial.

‘I feel a real sense of closure after all these years because we know now that he will be remembered in Lee-on-the-Solent.

‘That’s where we lived back then so in a sense he’s returning home.

‘People of a younger generation and other generations to come will see it there, which is excellent.’

The memorial, near Pier Street, already displays the names of armed forces personnel from Lee-on-the-Solent killed in the First and Second World Wars.

Gosport Borough Council now wants to know the names of others killed in conflicts since then, but whose names have not been recorded.

Cllr Graham Burgess, ward councillor for Lee East, said: ‘We want to have the name of Cpl Bryant added along with any other servicemen who lost their life in conflicts since the end of the Second World War.

‘For example I know a person who lived in Lee-on-the-Solent who never made it back from the Falklands.

‘The war memorial should include all the people who have lost their lives since the Second World War.

‘There have been so many other battles. We want to make sure it’s done properly.

‘We want to find out from residents any more names and then work out how many we have to add from there.’

If you know somebody lost in an armed conflict whose name has not been recorded on the memorial, you can write to Cllr Burgess at Gosport Borough Council, Town Hall, High Street, Gosport. PO12 1EB.

You can also e-mail graham.burgess@gosport.gov.uk.