Sol­diers fi­nally hon­oured on war memo­rial

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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

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