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Six new names have been added to Cheltenham War Memorial
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Tom Bailey Paul Deeks travelled to Cheltenham on Sunday and meet up with Ralph Reather for the rededication of the Cenotaph when a Lancashire Fusilier Private Leonard Ivin 11th Bn Lancashire Fusiliers name was added to the Memorial
This is the report in the Gloucstershire Echo

Six new names have been added to Cheltenham War Memorial

Six new names of people who gave their lives during the First World War have been added to Cheltenham War Memorial as the town stood still and remembered the sacrifices made during the Battle of Britain.

The service to mark the pivotal 1940 battle took place at the newly refurbished war memorial on the Promenade this afternoon.

During the service the new names added to the memorial were unveiled, and respects were shown to those who served the Armed Forces in the two world wars and other conflicts.


Councillor Chris Ryder, mayor of Cheltenham, said: "I'm grateful to all those who worked on this scheme with officers and elected members at the council, especially local volunteer historians and our volunteer friends who must be very proud to see it fully restored.

"Representatives of the families of amendments and additions to this newly restored war memorial will no doubt be as proud as I am when they view their family name, as my great uncle's name of Blackwell is now all clean and tidy. He served the country in World War One."

Cheltenham Borough Council worked with Gloucestershire historians to identify people whose names were, due to error or lack of information at the time, omitted from the war memorial.

Six people were found, who fit the criteria of being born or living in Cheltenham under its present day boundary at the time they joined up, who died in active service, or of wounds or illness before August 31 1921, and who are not on any other UK memorial.

Mrs Ryder read out the six new names added to the war memorial. The names are:

Elizabeth Hannah Jane Roberts, the first woman to be named on the memorial
Private John George Cox
Private Leonard Ivin 11th Bn Lancashire Fusiliers
Private Richard Fox
Rifleman Thomas Henry Baker
Private Alfred Belcher


The Battle of Britain commemoration was the first event to take place at the memorial after a 12 week restoration, funded by Cheltenham Borough Council, the Heritage Lottery Fund and the War Memorials Trust.

The service began with marches from cadets and standard bearers, before wreaths were laid at the memorial, followed by The Last Post, a one minute's silence and words of remembrance.


Tom Bailey, from the Lancashire Fusilier Association, said: "It's very good to be able to honour somebody who died in World War One some 100 years later. We travel abroad to these sorts things through France and Belgium as a regimental association and it's always very moving.

"It was good to see so many people here- young and old as well."

Mike Ralls, chairman of 2328 squadron of the Air Cadets, based in Bishop's Cleeve, who also attended the event, added: "It's important to pay our respects to those who have gone before."

Thanks to Ralph for feeding the boys before sending them back home



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