Families invited to remember war victims on Sunderland’s Memorial Wall

MEMORIAL WALL: Families who have lost loved ones in recent conflicts are being invited to put names forward.
MEMORIAL WALL: Families who have lost loved ones in recent conflicts are being invited to put names forward.
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SUNDERLAND families who have lost loved ones in recent military service can put forward their names to be inscribed on the city’s Memorial Wall in time for Remembrance Day.

The wall, next to the war memorial in Burdon Road, pays tribute to servicemen and women from the community who have died in conflict, training, special operations and non-conflict operations since the Second World War.

Every year we try to add more names to Memorial Wall to remember all those from Sunderland who made the ultimate sacrifice, and have died in training and in conflict since the end of the Second World War.

Tom Cuthbertson, son Nathan died serving in Afghanistan

It includes the names of service personnel from Sunderland who have died in recent conflicts such as Afghanistan and Iraq, and in Northern Ireland.

The wall was built with funds raised by the Brothers in Arms organisation and there is an annual roll-call for more names to be added to it.

Those who wish to apply to have names added are asked to do so by July 31.

Deputy leader of Sunderland City Council, Councillor Harry Trueman, is the city’s Armed Forces Champion and part of Sunderland’s Armed Forces Network, which brings partners and veterans’ groups together.

He said: “Every year we invite families to apply for their loved ones names to be inscribed alongside their fallen comrades on the Memorial Wall, so they can be added before Remembrance Weekend in November.

“It was that support to Brothers in Arms appeal started by five families who had lost loved ones in recent years, that raised £150,000 over two years to design and build the wall.”

Tom Cuthbertson, whose 19-year-old son Nathan was killed in Afghanistan in 2008, added: “Every year we try to add more names to Memorial Wall to remember all those from Sunderland who made the ultimate sacrifice, and have died in training and in conflict since the end of the Second World War.

“I’d invite all those families, friends or relatives of loved ones who have made such a sacrifice to get in touch so their names can be added to those of their fallen comrades.

“If you know of anyone who may have died in uniform either by training or conflict, please come forward.”

Applications can be made by anyone who is next of kin of those lost in service and in training

For more information, contact Mandy Howard in Governance Services, Room 3.38, Civic Centre, Sunderland City Council, Burdon Road SR2 7DN on 0191 561 1330 or email mandy.howard@sunderland.gov.uk