Service marks addition of new names on Buxton’s war memorial

Bernard Graham knew both men and started the campaign to get them added to the memorial. Photos by Jason Chadwick.

Bernard Graham knew both men and started the campaign to get them added to the memorial. Photos by Jason Chadwick.

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The names of two Buxton soldiers who died in conflict have been added to the town’s war memorial.

A special service of rededication was organised by the Buxton branch of the Royal British Legion and saw the names of Corporal Jack Richardson and Private Freddie Slack added to the monument.

Rededication of Buxton War Memorial, wreath laying

Rededication of Buxton War Memorial, wreath laying

Legion president, Mike Gray, said: “Bernard Graham, from Buxton, was a friend of the two soldiers. He asked me how to get someone’s name onto the memorial, so I followed it through with the council over a number of months to get the names added.”

Corporal Richardson died in Korea in 1952, and Private Slack died in Palestine in 1947.

Mr Gray said many people did not realise that the names of soldiers who died in smaller conflicts could be added to war memorials.

An appeal for relatives of the two soldiers to come froward was unsuccessful and any family members are asked to contact the legion.

Hopefully more people will now come out of the woodwork so that more names can be added to the memorial.

Mike Gray, President of the Buxton branch of the Royal British Legion

The service was attended by around 40 people, with a service by the Rev John Hudghton, hymns and prayers. The names on the memorial were read out and wreaths were laid, including one by the Royal Naval Association.

Mr Gray said: “Hopefully more people will now come out of the woodwork so that more names can be added to the memorial.”

High Peak's mayor and mayoress, Alan and Susan Barrow, at the service.

High Peak's mayor and mayoress, Alan and Susan Barrow, at the service.

Prayers were read to mark the rededication of the war memorial.

Prayers were read to mark the rededication of the war memorial.

The minute silence during the rededication of Buxton War Memorial.

The minute silence during the rededication of Buxton War Memorial.

Rededication of Buxton War Memorial, the new plaque

Rededication of Buxton War Memorial, the new plaque