Anger over council refusal to add name to Newtongrange war memorial

John Duncan at Newtongrange War Memorial
John Duncan at Newtongrange War Memorial

THE refusal to add the name of a dead soldier to Newtongrange War Memorial has sparked outrage.

Newtongrange Community Council won funding to put eight names on the memorial at Easter, after research by local historian John Duncan.

But those plans were put on hold after Midlothian Council refused one name and disputed others.

On May 6, 1947, George Noble was killed when his parachute failed to open during a training jump on Salisbury Plain.

Although Pte Noble died after the war, John Duncan pointed to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission criteria which honours commonwealth men and women who died in service between September 3, 1939, and December 31, 1947.

Full story in this week’s Advertiser (April 11 edition)

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