Cadet forces raise money to add names on war memorial

Coun John Freeman receives cheque from cadets at 740 (Whitby) Squadron.
Coun John Freeman receives cheque from cadets at 740 (Whitby) Squadron.
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TWO cadet forces in Whitby have donated £100 towards an incomplete war memorial in St. Mary’s Church.

The 740 (Whitby) Squadron has donated £50 and the cadets of 740 (Whitby) Squadron Air Training Corps and Whitby Detachment Army Cadet Force have collected a further £50 of their own money.

The money raised will pay for the engraving of two names on the plaque.

Squadron commander Martyn Marsh said: “The youngsters raised the money because they are very aware of the responsibilities they have to Whitby’s people of the past.”

The town council are investigating how many names are not on the memorial, which is full. They have found that there may be 30 to 35 names that are not on there.

Mr Marsh said the cadets appreciated the work the town council had done to ensure that the memorial plaque was accurately reflecting those lost in conflicts since the Second World War.

The cheque from 740 (Whitby) Squadron was presented to Mayor John Freeman by the squadron treasurer Garry Middleton in front of the 35 cadets.

Any Whitby residents who know of a person’s name that should be on the plaque should contact the town council on (01947) 820227.