Names complete on parish church war memorial

Wally Tennant, vice chairman of the RBL's Spalding branch, and Ken Willows, chairman of the Royal Lincolnshire Association look over the newly added names. Photo supplied.
Wally Tennant, vice chairman of the RBL's Spalding branch, and Ken Willows, chairman of the Royal Lincolnshire Association look over the newly added names. Photo supplied.
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FOUR servicemen who died during the Second World War have been honoured thanks to determination of a Spalding veteran.

Wally Tennant, vice chairman of the Spalding branch of the Royal British Legion, has worked with the parish over the past three years to complete the project and the names have now been added to the war memorial in the Parish Church of St Mary and St Nicolas, Spalding, by stonemason John Shaw.

Those commemorated are George Doades of the Irish Guards; Raymond F Hare, gunner of the 3rd Anti-Tank Regiment, Royal Horse Artillery; George Douglas Paul, Royal Navy and Frank Edward Smith, 3rd Battalion Coldstream Guards.

The project has been funded by the church together with a grant from the War Memorials Trust.

The memorial will be officially unveiled and dedicated during a service at 6.30pm on Remembrance Sunday, November 13 and the families of all four servicemen have been invited to attend.

It was necessary to obtain permission from the Diocese of Lincoln for the work and during this process the Chancellor requested additional information.

Mr Tennant appealed through our sister paper the Spalding Guardian for help and, as a result, the nephew of George Paul contacted him to say that his uncle was not commemorated on any of the local memorials.

Mr Tennant said: “It was a stroke of good fortune that the diocese made its request as this led to the realisation that one of the names originally proposed, that of C W Ellis was, in fact, a mispelling of C W Elliff who is already commemorated.”