Service to mark adding of new names to war memorial

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A SERVICE was held on remembrance weekend to mark the addition of four new names to the Second World War memorial in Spalding.

Family and friends of George Doades, Raymond F Hare, George Douglas Paul and Frank Edward Smith gathered at the Parish Church of St Mary and St Nicolas for a moving service. Their names had all been missing previously.

All four servicemen died during the conflict and Wally Tennant, vice chairman of the Spalding branch of the Royal British Legion, has worked to get their names added on.

Ten standards attended on Sunday under the guidance of Ken Willows and the project, funded by the church and a grant from the War Memorials Trust, has been supported by Rev John Bennett and Dr Sarah Chadd.

Mr Tennant said: “It is 66 years since the end of the Second World War and we have just got the names of these four men who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their king and country.

“I believe it is a fitting tribute to those who paid the ultimate price so that we could enjoy the democracy we live in today and take for granted.”