Soldiers finally honoured on war memorial
FOUR forgotten soldiers have finally been honoured on the Sutton War Memorial.
The names of captain George Heath, second lieutenant John Harrison, corporal William Bullock and private Harry Truman – who all died in the First World War – have been added to the village cenotaph.
The soldiers had not originally been included on the memorial but John Clark, an author who lives in the village, unearthed their stories.
Christine Eyre, Sutton Parish Council chairman, said: “A family of one of the men contacted asked why he was not named on the memorial.
“John started researching him and then uncovered information about the other three.
“We wanted to do something about it before Remembrance Day.”
John researched the men as part of his work about Sutton and the war. He presented his work at a packed evening of poetry, readings and music at Sutton Ex-Servicemen’s Club last week held in commemoration of the centenary.
The war memorial will be rededicated by rural dean Veronica Hydon at a service on Sunday, November 2, at 2.30pm.
Mrs Eyre said: “The parish council decided we wanted to commemorate the First World War and rededicating the memorial fits perfectly with this.”
●● John Clark