A regional daily has launched a campaign to pay tribute to the forgotten war dead of its patch who were killed in conflicts across the globe.
The Southern Daily Echo aims to trace the servicemen of Southampton whose names are missing from the city’s Cenotaph as part of its Find The Forgotten scheme.
The campaign is being run with Southampton City Council, which hopes to raise £10,000 is a separate appeal to pay for the names of up to 100 servicemen to be added to the memorial.
There are currently 3,298 names on the memorial wall at Southampton Cenotaph, listing servicemen who died in action during the First and Second World Wars and other conflicts of the 20th and 21st centuries.
The Echo is appealing to its readers to help find the names of servicemen who died in conflict over the last century and have them included on the memorial wall in 2018 – the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.
The campaign was launched on Monday’s front page, pictured below.
Satvir Kaur, Southampton City Council cabinet member for communities, culture and leisure, said: “One hundred years on, either through our own family history, our local communities or its long-term impact on society, we are all connected in some way to the First World War.
“To mark the centenary of the Armistice in 1918, we would like to add as many missing names as possible to the Cenotaph War Memorial wall to ensure those who gave so much for our country are remembered for their sacrifice.
“Southampton is a vibrant and diverse city with all our communities having contributed to the war effort by fighting together, and they continue to serve our city and country.
“I am grateful that the Daily Echo, who have stood with the people of Southampton throughout both the world wars, have agreed to help us ‘find the forgotten’ in this important project.”