Memorial ‘roll call’ to remember Sunderland’s fallen heroes

Burdon Road War Memorial. Brothers in Arms.
Burdon Road War Memorial. Brothers in Arms.
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SUNDERLAND families who have lost loved ones in recent military service are being invited to put forward their names to be inscribed alongside fallen comrades on the Brothers in Arms memorial wall.

The monument – next to the city’s cenotaph in Burdon Road – was set up by grieving families to remember servicemen and women from the community who have died in conflict, training, special operations and non-conflict operations since the Second World War.

Since the formal dedication of the Memorial Wall on Armistice Day 2012, there has been an annual “roll call” asking for people to put forward names to be inscribed on the wall.

Deputy Leader of Sunderland City Council Councillor Harry Trueman, who is chairman of Sunderland’s Armed Forces Network, said: “The memorial wall represents what makes our city so special, the community coming forward to support ‘Brothers in Arms’ and make this lasting monument possible.

“If there are additional names that people would like to see on the wall, now is the time to contact the City Council.

“We can then look to have those names inscribed for the Remembrance Weekend in November 2014.”

The Brothers in Arms appeal was started by five families who had lost loved ones in recent years, and raised £150,000 over two years.

The most recent large-scale fundraiser was last weekend, when 120 riders took part in a charity bike ride from Catterick to Sunderland in memory of fallen para Nathan Cuthbertson.

The riders finished at Ashbrooke Sports Club, where a family fun day took place – complete with a jump-in by the Red Devils Parachute Regiment display team

Nathan was just 19 when he was killed when a lone insurgent detonated an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan in 2008.

His dad Tom said: “The wall is about remembering those from Sunderland who made the ultimate sacrifice and who have died in training and in conflict since the end of the Second World War.

“There may well be other families, friends or relatives who feel their loved one is worthy of a tribute.

“I can assure them that this is a worthy tribute.”

Sunderland City Council is asking people to get in touch with any additional names for inscription by the end of July to enable new names to be inscribed on the memorial wall in time for Remembrance Weekend in November.

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

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

•If you would like to know more, please contact: Member Services, Civic Centre, Sunderland City Council, Burdon Road SR2 7DN or 0191 561 1332 or email