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MP supports war memorial campaign

David Milnes, his dad Howard Milnes, Ex-Coldstream Guard Harold Scrivens, Ex Mariner Robert Willenbrook and wife Elaine, with dog Shep, have campaigned to have a memorial built in Edenthorpe. Picture: Marie Caley D5785MC

David Milnes, his dad Howard Milnes, Ex-Coldstream Guard Harold Scrivens, Ex Mariner Robert Willenbrook and wife Elaine, with dog Shep, have campaigned to have a memorial built in Edenthorpe. Picture: Marie Caley D5785MC

MP Rosie Winterton has pledged her support to a campaign to build a new war memorial honouring fallen soldiers from a Doncaster village.

The Edenthorpe War Memorial Committee is hoping to raise £10,000 for the village’s first-ever monument, which will feature the names of six service personnel killed during the Second World War.

The group – which has MP Rosie Winterton as its honorary president – hopes to build the memorial next year, and is now appealing for assistance with the project.

Harold Scrivens, one of nine members of the newly-formed committee, said it would be built within the grounds of Edenthorpe Community Centre, in Cedric Road.

He said: “It’s important that the people of Edenthorpe have got somewhere they can visit and pay homage to the men from the village who never returned home from the Second World War.

“It will also give Edenthorpe’s young people a link to past, and create place in the village for people to remember the sacrifices made, not only by the men featured on the memorial, but by all our Armed Forces, past and present.”

“So far six names have been identified, but a historian is researching the matter.

“As far as we’re aware those names are not featured on any other memorial in the UK.”

Miss Winterton, MP for Doncaster Central, said: “It’s important to recognise, remember and pay tribute to the sacrifices made by our Armed Forces, and I think it’s absolutely right that the people from Edenthorpe who died defending our freedom should be remembered.”

To donate to the memorial appeal or to find out more contact 01302 884939, or e-mail midgem@hotmail.co.uk

 

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