Wednesday, 04 August 2021

Memorial plaques appeal for our forgotten soldiers

AN appeal set up to raise money for three new war memorials to Henley’s “forgotten” servicemen is halfway to reaching its initial target.

The Lest We Forget project must raise £3,200 in donations from the community in order to receive a £8,200 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The money will fund the memorials in the town hall and at Holy Trinity Church and St Mary’s Church in time to commemorate the centenary of the beginning of the First World War on August 4.

Mike Willoughby, an amateur historian who has conducted research for the project, said: “When I started this, 2014 felt like a hell of a long time away. Now suddenly it’s here and the clock is ticking towards our targets for August.”

The Henley World War One Remembrance Association, of which Mr Willoughby is a member, applied to the Lottery for about 70 per cent of the cost of the memorials so the community can become involved by contributing the rest.

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