Heroes’ honour for trio

Tomas Dale's (below) name is one of three to be added to Blackpool Cenotaph.
Tomas Dale's (below) name is one of three to be added to Blackpool Cenotaph.

THREE Blackpool war heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice are to be honoured in a lasting tribute on Blackpool Cenotaph.

A plaque has already been removed from the memorial on the Promenade and sent off to be engraved with the names of James Ronald McDowel, Edward Barrimore Jewkes and Tomas James Dale.

Pte Tomas Dale

Pte Tomas Dale

It is hoped the plaque will be replaced, with the new additions, later this week.

Pte Dale’s is the most recent loss of life to be commemorated on the memorial.

The former St George’s High School pupil emigrated from his Marton home to Australia with his family when he was 14.

He was on his first tour of duty in Afghanistan with the 6th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, when he was killed by a roadside bomb in the Uruzgan province on August 20. He was aged just 21.

His grandfather, Dennis Higson, said the addition of his grandson’s name onto the memorial made the family proud but was also a painful reminder of their loss.

The 76-year-old, of Elkfield Drive, Carleton, said: “We will be proud but hurting to see his name on the memorial.

“We’ve learned to live with what happened, but it keeps rising to the surface. It’s a nice thing that they’re doing, but it’s not going to bring anyone back.”

Acting Sgt Barry Jewkes, known as Barrimore, was originally from London, but spent two years living with his parents on Queen Street in Blackpool.

The 25-year-old was killed in action while fighting rebel forces in the Republic of Yemen, serving in the Royal Lancashire Fusiliers attached to the 3rd Battalion The Parachute Regiment. He was killed by gunfire after going to the aid of his sergeant in the Radfan mountains 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.

Mr Butler said: “I’m very pleased Barry’s name will be added to the cenotaph.

“Other than his name on an electoral role in Blackpool, no-one knew who he was.”

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.

President of Blackpool Royal British Legion, Ian Coleman, said: “We should be grateful for all their efforts and what they have done for us, without them we would not have the freedom we enjoy today.

“We hold them all in the greatest of esteem and remember their efforts and, of course, their ultimate sacrifices.”

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