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Former service personnel sought for Wolverhampton war memorial

A group behind the restoration of a Wolverhampton war memorial are looking for the names of former service personnel to honour.

The Tettenhall War Memorial at St. Michael and All Angels Church

The Tettenhall War Memorial Restoration Committee was formed to oversee the £25,000 restoration of Tettenhall War Memorial at St. Michael and All Angels Church.

With work nearing completion, organisers want to get in touch with the families of people who have died in service since 1945, with the aim of adding their names to a separate memorial stone.

Committee member Cyril Randles said: "The memorial was updated for the Second World War, but we have had quite a few conflicts since then where service personnel have lost their lives and we would like to reflect that.

"If we can get the details of those people then we would be interested in preparing a monument to reflect those newer names."

The restoration project – which was carried out by Crofts of Cannock using Staffordshire stone – has seen work to the cross, shaft and plinth, with the completed memorial surrounded by new paving.

The work was funded by a grant from the War Memorials Trust, and donations from local businesses including Richardsons, and organisations such Rotary and the Freemasons, and former Goodyear workers from the 5/344 Transport and General Workers Union Benevolent Fund.

The committee includes former city MP Rob Marris, church members, Rotarians and representatives from the local neighbourhood committee. The work has been supported by Wolverhampton Council.

The restoration has been welcomed by Tettenhall Regis ward councillors Sohail Khan, Udey Singh and Jonathan Yardley, who also donated towards the work.

Councillor Khan said: "We should all remember the sacrifice made by others on our behalf and we are delighted at how the restored memorial looks.

"We look forward to the restored memorial continuing to be part of civic life moving forwards."

A rededication service will be arranged for a future date. To add names to the new memorial stone call the church office on 01902 751622.