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Newspaper to honour unidentified war dead

A daily newspaper’s “massive project” to help honour its patch’s war dead will be realised on Armistice Day.

Wrexham daily The Leader, which also covers North-East Wales and Chester, launched an appeal in April for readers to contribute the names of around 400 servicemen and women from the town who died in the First World War but are not named on any official memorials.

As a result of the call almost 200 additional names have been confirmed, which will be printed in Tuesday’s Wrexham edition of the paper.

Where possible their age, residential street and cause of death will also be published.

The Leader's original appeal

The Leader’s original appeal

Tim Bowden, associate editor for Leader publisher NWN Media, said: “This was a massive project – an attempt to identify all those men and women from Wrexham who lost their lives in the First World War.

“Thanks to our readers and some excellent work behind the scenes we are now able to add nearly 200 names to those officially recorded on the town’s Great War memorials.

“The Leader prides itself on being at the heart of the community it serves and we can think of no better way to mark the centenary of the war’s outbreak than by recognising as many as possible of those men and women who died in the conflict.”

The list was compiled by local history group the Friends of Wrexham Museum.