Monday, 18 December 2017

Support for new town hall memorial

COUNCILLORS have supported the installation of a new war memorial at Henley town hall.

COUNCILLORS have supported the installation of a new war memorial at Henley town hall.

Historian Mike Willougby, from Woodcote, wants to commemorate about 300 soldiers from the area who died in the First World War.

The memorial would include the names of more than 70 servicemen who do not feature on any of the existing memorials.

It’s hoped to unveil it in time to mark the centenary of the start of the war next year.

On Tuesday, Mr Willoughby, 65, made a presentation to Henley Town Council, which voted unanimously to support the idea in principle.

Councillor Martin Akehurst said the memorial was an “excellent” idea.

He saud: “I have had the benefit over the last 20 years of speaking to four people who fought in the First World War. It’s not until they tell you about what they went through that you understand the sacrifice they made.”

Councillor Will Hamilton said: “It’s absolutely right that we mark this fitting project.”

The memorial would be accompanied by a book with a biography of each soldier.

Mr Willoughby also hopes to have a memorial in Holy Trinity Church and at the new Townlands Hospital.

He said there would be no changes to the existing nine memorials and he had financial backing in place so funding was not an issue.

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