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Village plans fitting memorial to fallen war heroes

St Anne's C of E Church in Wrenthorpe is appealing for information about soldiers who have died in combat. It is for a new war memorial as the current one is incorrect and needs updating.
Rev Ruth Harris, Maureen Wood, Jean Roberts and Malcolm Endersby

St Anne's C of E Church in Wrenthorpe is appealing for information about soldiers who have died in combat. It is for a new war memorial as the current one is incorrect and needs updating. Rev Ruth Harris, Maureen Wood, Jean Roberts and Malcolm Endersby

Wrenthorpe villagers want to create a fitting memorial to their fallen war heroes.

This year marks 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War.

And to commemorate the anniversary, the congregation at St Anne’s C of E Church want to create a war memorial acknowledging all of Wrenthorpe’s fallen service personnel.

The current war memorial contains the surnames of those who died during the two world wars but it has become apparent that there are some anomalies with the names.

The church would like to correct this and add the names of those who have died in conflicts since 1945.

Congregation member, Malcolm Endersby, said: “We are seeking the help of relatives of fallen servicemen.

“We would also like information from anyone else who may know about any of the soldiers currently listed on the memorial or any others who should be listed.”

The church knows of one soldier from the village they wish to recognise, Corporal Matthew Stenton. He died while trying to rescue his comrade in Afghanistan in 2010.  

Rev Ruth Harris said: “As a church we are aware of the centenary of the outbreak of World War One.

“So our first thoughts are to raise funds to renovate part of the church including the war memorial.

“We would then like to either replace or improve the stone tablet so we can update the memorial information.”

For more information or to get involved email malcolmendersby@talktalk.net

 

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