A CEREMONY is to take place to mark the adding of more names to Blackpool’s war memorial.
Dennis Higson, grandfather of Pte Tomas Dale who emigrated to Australia and was killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan in August 2010, today said he was proud his grandson’s name will be remembered forever on the honour roll.
The former St George’s High School pupil’s name is one of three to be added to the sacred memorial.
Veterans bosses today said a commemorative ceremony is planned for later in the year to officially mark the names being inscribed.
Mr Higson, of Elkfield Drive in Carleton, said: “It’s nice we’ve got something to go and look at, and it’s nice to see his name among others who have lost their lives fighting.
“There is going to be a formal event celebrating the names later in the year, which we will be attending
“It would have been nice to have been there on the day (the name was placed) but life has its ups and downs, and everything cannot be arranged as everybody wants it.”
Pte Dale’s name was added to the war memorial on the Promenade along with the names of James
Ronald McDowel and Edward
Lt Jewkes, who was an acting
captain, was originally from London, but spent two years living with his parents on Queen Street, Blackpool.
The 25-year-old was killed in action while ﬁghting rebel forces in the
Republic of Yemen in May 1964.
John Butler, a member of Fylde Ex-Service Liaison Committee, has been campaigning for his name to be added to the memorial for the last 12 years.
James McDowel, a former dairy man of Park Road in Blackpool, was a leading stoker in the Royal Navy when his submarine, P514, was accidentally sunk by the Canadian minesweeper HMCS Georgian in the Western Atlantic in June 1942.
Don Aitken, vice-president of Fylde Ex-Service Liaison Committee (FESLC) which decides if names are eligible to be added to the memorial and arranges for Blackpool Council, to have them inscribed confirmed there would be a commemorative ceremony later in the year.
He said: “It may be during Armed Forces Week we have some sort of ceremony or service to mark these new additions to the cenotaph, but nothing has been decided yet.
“They’re certainly not going to go unnoticed.”
Coun Graham Cain, cabinet member for tourism and culture at Blackpool Council, added: “I feel it is very important we, as a town, show our respect to their sacrifice by honouring them and having their names placed on the war memorial.
“We understand FESLC are in the process of arranging a suitable and fitting service.”