Plea to get in touch over war memorial names

Appeal: Spalding RBL vice-chairman Wally Tennant with Josie Stevenson (one of those not mentioned on plaque was her uncle).
Appeal: Spalding RBL vice-chairman Wally Tennant with Josie Stevenson (one of those not mentioned on plaque was her uncle).
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A WAR veteran who has spent the last three years trying to get the missing names of fallen comrades on a war memorial needs their families to get in touch.

Wally Tennant, who is vice chairman of the Spalding branch of the Royal British Legion, has been working on the project since 2008 when he was contacted by Josie Stephenson.

Mrs Stephenson said her uncle Frank Smith’s name was missing from the war memorial plaque in Spalding’s parish church and asked if Mr Tennant could arrange for his name to be added.

Mr Tennant appealed through the Spalding Guardian for anyone else living in Spalding who thought they had relations missing from the plaque to contact him.

Three further families got in touch and Mr Tennant set about getting the missing names on the plaque.

After spending several years working in partnership with previous vicar Canon Tim Barker and now the Rev John Bennett, Mr Tennant has acquired the needed funds and employed a specialist monumental stonemason but the project has been temporarily halted by the Diocese of Lincoln.

Mr Tennant said: “The Diocese needs written proof that the four men we want to add to the plaque did live in the parish.

“Obviously I was in contact with their families, as they put their names forward, but since then I have had a flood at my home and the paperwork was destroyed.

“I now need them to contact me as soon as possible to provide the proof needed.

“The stonemason is on standby and once I have the proof we can move quickly and see a successful conclusion to this project.”

Along with Mrs Stevenson’s uncle Mr Smith, who was a member of the Third Battalion Coldstream Guards and was killed on July 31, 1944, the other names are Charles William Ellis, of the First Battalion Leicestershire Regiment (killed October 21, 1944), Raymond F Hare, of the Third Anti Tank Royal Artillery (killed December 29, 1942) and George Doades, of the Irish Guards (killed April 1945).

l Mr Tennant can be contacted on 01775 724008.