Names of 43 Horsham soldiers added to war memorial on Armistice Day

The plaque with 43 names added to Horsham War Memorial
The plaque with 43 names added to Horsham War Memorial

A plaque dedicated to 43 Horsham soldiers who died during the Second World War was unveiled at the Armistice Day service this morning (Wednesday November 11).

Six years of research by Gary Cooper resulted in the local historian finding 43 names to be permanently commemorated on the war memorial in the Carfax.

Historian Gary Cooper, who researched 43 names to be added to Horsham's war memorial, with HDC chairman Tricia Youtan

Historian Gary Cooper, who researched 43 names to be added to Horsham's war memorial, with HDC chairman Tricia Youtan

The plaque was on display for the Armistice Day ceremony, where pupils from St Mary’s Primary School were among those paying their respects with a two minutes’ silence.

Mr Cooper said: “I conducted research for the First World War and I found another 56 names which were put on the memorial a couple of years back.

“I thought if I have done the First World War, I have to do the Second. As well as the permanent memorial, I did it for the benefit of fellow researchers and schools.

“I found 42 and one person came forward and said ‘why isn’t my relative on there?’”

The plaque will be installed on the memorial in the coming weeks.

Mr Cooper used archive copies of the County Times, wartime letters and information from relatives to source the names for the plaque.

The chairman of Horsham District Council Tricia Youtan led this morning’s ceremony, while wreaths were placed at the base of the memorial to join those laid on Remembrance Sunday.

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