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Ceremony planned for new city centre war memorial
An official ceremony to mark the unveiling of Bradford’s new war memorial with the names of those killed in active service or terrorist action since the Second World War will take place this autumn.
The unveiling of the new memorial is the culmination of months of work to painstakingly decorate it by a specialist craftsman, with the Bradford Crest on one side and the Joint Services crest depicting air, land and sea on the other side, and a Yorkshire Rose at the bottom of the low wall.
The memorial was proposed by the widow of Sergeant Peter Rayner, who died in Afghanistan in 2010, as a way of remembering those who had fallen since the Second World War. It is situated behind the cenotaph in the memorial gardens near the Alhambra Theatre.
Councillor Andrew Thornton, executive member responsible for environment, said: “We have finished engraving and the barriers have come down.
“We will be writing to every family whose relative is on the memorial and letting them know it is nearing completion and that we are arranging a formal event.
“This has been a big job and I think we have something that is a fitting memorial to those who gave their lives. We are looking forward to the site being open and getting families to come and look.
“The Pals memorial has been moved at the request of the Royal British Legion who thought it could be in a better position and more accessible for when they hold events. It is about making that space around the memorial and across the garden accessible.”
Bradford Council has been working with the Royal British Legion on the project. Anti-vandal residue will coat the stone and etchings were chosen rather than stainless steel plaques because of fears of metal theft.
A pathway has been created around the other monuments – the Bradford Pals memorial, the Polish memorial and the Victoria Cross memorial – so people can walk around.
NAMES ON THE NEW MEMORIAL:
Fus R M Keenan in 1951 killed in Korea; Pte R Sugden killed in 1951 in Korea; Mne F Jennings killed in Egypt in 1954; Sig H B Parkinson killed in Egypt in 1954; Bdsm G F Evans killed in 1955 (no further details); Lcpl G A Todd killed in 1955 in Cyprus; Pte M J Hindle killed in 1956 (no further details); Pte R Hudson killed in 1956 in Aden; Mne D G Whitham killed in 1958 in Cyprus; Mne F S Powell killed in 1962 in Borneo; Lt B Brown killed in 1965 in Malaya; Tpr M P Lawlor killed in 1966 in Aden; Dvr L Jubb killed in 1972 (no further details); Capt J H Young killed in 1972 (no further details); Tpr G Knipe killed in 1972 (no further details); Lcpl C Harker killed in 1972 in Northern Ireland; Lt H R Fawley killed in 1974 (no further details); Pte L W Carroll killed in 1974 (no further details); Gnr K Bates killed in 1974 in Northern Ireland; Lbdr K M Waller killed in 1982 in Northern Ireland; Cpl I Metcalfe killed in 1988 in Northern Ireland; Pte S J Beetham killed in 1988 (no further details); Pte A M Croft killed in 2002 (no further details); Sgt S M Roberts killed in 2003 in Iraq; Flt Lt D K Stead killed in 2005 (no further details); Sgt C I Hickey killed in 2005 in Iraq; Spr J P Rossi killed in 2009 in Afghanistan; Sgt P A Rayner killed in 2010 in Afghanistan; Pte M S G Bell killed in 2011 in Afghanistan; Pte C A Kershaw killed in 2012 in Afghanistan.
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