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New names will join heroes on Barnoldswick memorial
THE names of 45 soldiers who died in the two world wars are set to be added to a war memorial this summer.
Barnoldswick War Memorial Group plans to add eight new panels to the memorial for a re-dedication service on July 28. The fallen servicemen include 33 who died in the Great War and 12 who died in the Second World War.
One panel will mention the sinking of the HMHS Rohilla, which ran aground off the coast of Whitby in October 1914. The hospital ship had 15 men from Barnoldswick on board, 12 of whom died.
Peter Thompson, 72, who served in the Royal Navy and is a member of the war memorial group, said: “The first phase of the work was completed for Remembrance Sunday last year. It has really lifted the area and opened it up so people can walk through. There is a new entrance from the car park on the south side and the adjacent recycling unit was moved to a different location.
“The new entrance is designed to accommodate the granite panels with the additional names which we hope to add this year.”
In addition to an £8,000 grant last year, Coun David Whipp said the town council would also provide funds from its 2013/14 budget.
He said: “The town council will be helping to fund the provision of plaques with the additional names of people who died, which includes a great uncle of mine who died in the First World War.”
The memorial already contains 315 names from the First World War and 76 from the Second World War.