Soham honours ‘missing six’ on war memorial

Soham war memorial service ANL-140722-105220001
Soham war memorial service ANL-140722-105220001

A ceremony has been held in Soham after the missing names of six fallen soldiers were added to the town’s war memorial.

The servicemen, who all died in the final two years of the First World War, were found to be missing from the 128 honoured on the Red Lion Square tribute.

After the names were inscribed by JK Memorials of Hasse Road, a service was held and attended by residents, town and district councillors and members of Cambridgeshire army cadets.

Soham town councillor Glenn Woodbridge, who is organising a town-wide event to mark the centenary of the start of the war on August 3, said it was “nice that the boys are back with their comrades.”

Private William Roote, 38, of the Army Service Corps, is one of the six. He died in October, 1917, and is buried in Soham cemetery alongside his brother, Frank.

The other names added are those of 19-year-old Robert Easter, a private in the Suffolk Regiment who was killed in July 1917; Royal West Surrey Regiment Private E Chapman, 29, who died in March 1918; Royal Engineers pioneer George King, 33, of the Cherry Tree in Fordham Road who was killed in March 1917; South Staffordshire Regiment private 23-year-old John Shaw, killed in August 1918 and Stanley Aspland, 27, a second lieutenant in machine gun corps, who died in October, 1918.

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