Unveiling of the newly restored Cheltenham War Memorial

Sunday 18 September saw the unveiling of the newly refurbished war memorial on the Promenade. The Battle of Britain service was the very first event to take place at the memorial, following a 12 week restoration, and as part of the service, the new names added to the memorial were unveiled and an acknowledgment was made of the restoration work. 

The council worked with local historians to research and identify people whose names were, due to error or lack of information at the time, omitted from the war memorial.  Six people were found, who fit the criteria of being born or living in Cheltenham (under its present day boundary) at the time they joined up; who died in active service, or of wounds or illness before 31st August 1921, and who are not on any other UK memorial.  The names are:  Elizabeth Hannah Jane Roberts, (the first female to be named on the memorial); Private John George Cox; Private Leonard Ivin; Private Richard Fox; Rifleman Thomas Henry Baker and Private Alfred Belcher.  Members of the families of those men and women whose names were added to the memorial attended the service along with representatives of the regiments in which they served. 

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