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The names of fallen heroes continue to be added to Guildford's war memorial

War memorial

The names of those who lost their lives in military service since the end of WWII, who have a Guildford connection, can still be added to a memorial in the Castle grounds. The application deadline is 30 July to have names inscribed in time for Remembrance Day.

When the memorial was commissioned in 2018 a thorough trawl identified 16 servicemen, all of whom had lived in Guildford or had connections with the town. Since then another serviceman has been identified and will have his name added: Lieutenant Nicholas London.

Cllr Tom Hunt, Armed Forces Champion, said: "Lt London will have his name added to the war memorial in time for Remembrance Day. We want to make sure the names of all those residents of the borough who have died serving their country since World War Two are included on the memorial, so please contact us."

Guildford's Mayor, Cllr Marsha Moseley, said: "As Mayor I see so many unsung heroes working selflessly to help others. Until now Lieutenant Nicholas London has been an unsung hero and so I am delighted that we are adding his name in its rightful place; on the memorial."

Nick was serving with the Honourable Artillery Company (HAC), an elite London-based Reserve Army regiment. In July 1977, leading a night patrol on the Sennybridge Training Area in South Wales, he fell into a deep ravine and received severe injuries. After rescue by his patrol and a medical team, he was taken to hospital but died some five hours later.  He is buried at Watts Cemetery in Compton. 

Nick was an ex Regular Officer (Royal Artillery), who had joined the HAC in 1975. As was the tradition he joined as a trooper undertaking the recruits course and was recommissioned a year later.  An HAC officer who served with him and was at the scene when he fell, said: "He was a highly respected, popular member whose professionalism was an inspiration to all those in his squadron. He left behind a widow and young son."

This memorial stands at the opposite end of the bowling green to the war memorial commemorating the fallen of the two world wars. It features the figure of a man dressed in military fatigues holding a book with the names on it. He is not wearing a specific uniform and represents all three of the British armed forces.

If you have a loved one who has lost their life in the services then please contact civicsecretary@guildford.gov.uk.

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