Local historian discovers the names of 22 fallen soldiers are missing from Stourbridge war memorial (From Stourbridge News)
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Local historian discovers the names of 22 fallen soldiers are missing from Stourbridge war memorial
9:40am Wednesday 16th October 2013 in News
A PEDMORE historian was “staggered” when he discovered that the names of 22 fallen soldiers were missing from Stourbridge’s war memorial.
World War II veteran, Ray Griffiths, of Drew Crescent, has spent years researching the 49 men commemorated on a stained glass window at Christchurch in Lye High Street, and has helped compile a commemorative book, featuring the 60 Lye and Wollescote casualties, which sits in the memorial chapel.
When he was matching up the names on the stained glass window against those on Stourbridge's war memorial, in Mary Stevens Park, Norton Road, he discovered several names were not included.
Mr Griffiths said: “There are 22 names missing that should be on there. I was staggered, I think it was because it was all done in a rush at the end of the war.”
He has contacted Dudley Council about the oversight and councillor Gaye Partridge, cabinet member for human resources, legal and property, said she hopes it will be rectified next year.
She added: "Dudley Council acts on behalf of residents as a custodian for war memorials in the borough. The council has been approached by a local group about names it believes are missing from the war memorial in Stourbridge.
“We are working with the group to enable and facilitate their ambitions to add these names to the memorial and advising on the necessary consultation process to ensure this happens as quickly as possible and hopefully the names will be added to the memorial during 2014."
Despite extensive research, Mr Griffiths is still unable to identity one fallen soldier, D Hart - whose name is included on the window.
Mr Griffiths is keen to hear from anyone who thinks they may have information about D Hart or who knows of any other local soldier who was a casualty of the war to call him on 01384 392647 or email email@example.com
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