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For nearly a quarter of a century Jean Louth has devoted her life to the memory of the servicemen and women and the civilians of Portsmouth who were killed in the Second World War.

The inspirational 79-year-old from Leigh Park started her crusade when she realised her father Harry Short’s name was not commemorated on the war memorial in his home city. He died at Dunkirk in 1940.

Tirelessly, for two-and-a-half decades, Jean has campaigned to have the names of all those who died in that war engraved on tablets at the cenotaph in Guildhall Square.

The first names have begun to appear. Eventually there will be 3,000 of them.

And it is for her tenacity and fighting spirit, of which her father would have been so proud, that she has become one of the first nominees in The News’ Woman of the Year Awards.

She has been nominated by her daughter Jackie Frith in the community, charity or voluntary sector category – one of 13 for which we would like you to put forward suggestions for these inaugural awards.

As we report on page 14 today, Jackie says of her mum: ‘She doesn’t drive, she goes everywhere by bus... she doesn’t own a computer and types all her letters out on her old typewriter.

‘She struggles away, in her own way, and has done for years and years.’

We all know inspirational women and the purpose of our awards is to shine a light on those from all walks of life who have gone above and beyond the call of duty for their community, business or family.

We all know women who are also extraordinary on a daily basis, and this is their chance to be recognised at a glittering awards ceremony at the Marriott Hotel, North Harbour, in November.

There are a wide range of categories to choose from – from woman of courage, to women in arts, and mum of the year. Just look at page 14 for the full list.

But remember, we don’t know who all these heroines are unless you tell us, so please get nominating.