Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Memorial Still Waiting for Names of the Fallen

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Memorial Still Waiting for Names of the Fallen

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Byline: Brian Daniel Reporter brian.daniel@ncjmedia.co.uk

ANORTHUMBERLAND village war memorial does not carry the names of locals who have given their lives in conflict, 100 years on from the Great War.

The memorial at Choppington does not features any names, after they were removed 18 months ago when it was subject to an upgrade.

Their continued omission in this the anniversary year has sparked sadness with accusations of a lack of respect for the local war dead.

Community leaders have however told of their efforts to reinstate the names, with these hoped to be in place for Remembrance Day.

A memorial at Choppington was first unveiled in 1925 to the 82 local men killed in action during the First World War.

The structure with the names of the dead on a bronze plate stood in front of the village's Memorial Hall.

However, it was moved in the 1950s to its present site on West Green.

Around 18 months ago, the memorial was given an upgrade - but the names were not reinstated afterwards.

In this the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, with events held around the country last week to commemorate 100 years since fighting began, they still have not been.

Choppington born John Dawson, 59, a member of the Six Townships local history group, said: "We have got a war memorial down there with no names on.

"This the big year, 100 years since they started the war.

"It is an insult to every brave soul whose names should be on there. 'Lest we forget.' We have got Remembrance Day coming up.

"This is an insult to the people's loved ones. They paid the ultimate sacrifice.

"This must be the only memorial in the country that has not got a name on."

Cousin Michael Dawson, who was also born in Choppington and served in the RAF, wrote on Facebook: "Such a shame.

"As an ex-serviceman myself I find it a total lack of respect, by whoever is in charge of the monument. …

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