New names added to Beer war memorial

A second name will be added to the Beer war memorial after further research into local veterans has uncovered more names missing from it.

This week 96 years after the death of soldier Allan Newton, his name was engraved on the memorial to the village’s servicemen and women.

And local historian Richard Scott says there is another name to go on soon. Arthur Percy Palmer was killed in the Battle of Loos in 1915, and is one of 20,000 soldiers who have no know grave and appear on the Loos Memorial.

His name appears on the Beer memorial to soldiers killed in the two world wars inside St Michael’s church, and Mr Scott hopes to get it engraved on the statue outside as well.

Already this week Allan Newton, who was born in Beer in 1891, and killed on the Western Front in 1915, has had his name added to the memorial, thanks to the research of Richard, and through funds supplied by Paul Anderson, another Beer resident interested in remembering local men and women who died at war.

Richard, 55, is also holding an exhibition dedicated to commemorating all those from the village who fought in the two world wars over the remembrance weekend.

He became interested in researching the names on the memorial in his former school Colyton Grammar, and has moved to researching those in Beer too, and says he might have a third name to add to the statue in the near future.

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He is Mr Anderson hope to hear from any Second World War veterans and surviving relatives of those who served in either war, and would be very grateful for any recollections, photographs, letters, diaries or other items which could be featured in the exhibition.

Documents could be copied so the originals need not be displayed, contact either Richard on 01297 24157 or Peter on 01297 23507.

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