PUBLISHED: 02:01 02 June 2008 | UPDATED: 09:06 10 June 2010
PRAYERS of remembrance were said and flowers laid at a moving service at the Strand Garden war memorial where two of Exmouth's fallen heroes were remembered. The Reverend Father Tony Oswin conducted the emotional service of the rededication of the stone t
PRAYERS of remembrance were said and flowers laid at a moving service at the Strand Garden war memorial where two of Exmouth's fallen heroes were remembered.The Reverend Father Tony Oswin conducted the emotional service of the rededication of the stone tablets which were recently removed so that two names could be added to the war memorial.The newly-engraved names of 21-year-old Trooper Jack Sadler, son of Exmouth businessman Ian Sadler, who was killed in action during a tour of duty in Afghanistan in December 2007, and 2nd Lieutenant Graham Rolls, Royal Marines, who was killed in combat in Brunei on August 1 1963, now stand alongside all of Exmouth's war dead.Trooper Sadler's family was represented by Exmouth 531st Tribute Fund chairman Lionel Howell, chairman of the Exmouth War Memorial Fund Bernard Greenway and a veteran soldier who asked not to be named.2nd Lt Rolls' family was represented by former Exeter School friends Ian Cann, Mike Runnalls, Roger Dawe and Adrian Knight.Former RSM Harold 'Podge' Overbury represented the Royal Marines Association.531st Tribute Fund chairman Lionel Howell said 2nd Lt Rolls' name had been missed off the memorial because no records could be found for him in 2005 when the names were engraved."The Exmouth War Memorial Fund has now exhausted all its funding for the Strand memorial and is hoping to raise further funding to ensure, God forbid, should there be any further need to inscribe the names of our local heroes, we will be in a position to do so," said Mr Howell."The work on these latest engravings was carried out by Orchard Memorials who since the early 2000s has carried out all memorial work in the town."The names were also repainted for the occasion by the same company as they had previously been badly eroded by sap from the hanging plants that used to be on the memorial steps.