New tribute for Ilkeston war heroes

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The Ilkeston Roll of Honour which records the names of servicemen and women who have died in conflict has been updated and produced as a commemorative book.

For more than 30 years the Roll of Honour had been kept in the Mayor’s Parlour at Ilkeston Town Hall, but Erewash Borough Council has worked with Ilkeston Royal British Legion (RBL) to update it and a version has been made available online at the council’s website.

The book previously only contained the names of those who lost their lives in the two World Wars but now, with continued help from RBL members, it includes the names of service personnel who have died in all conflicts since.

Cllr Carol Hart, Erewash Borough Council’s Deputy Leader and Lead Member for Community Engagement, said she was very pleased with the result.

She added: “We felt this year was an appropriate time to properly update and create a new Roll of Honour as part of the commemorations to mark the centenary of the First World War.

“The commemorative book is a fitting tribute to all those who have sacrificed their lives for this country and we are grateful to the RBL members for their continued help with updating the Roll.”

A spokesperson for the RBL said: “The Royal British Legion is dedicated to educating the nation about the importance of remembering those from the British Armed Forces who have made the ultimate sacrifice and those who defend the freedom we enjoy.”

How to view the Roll of Honour:

Contact Sue Dunkley, the council’s Democratic and Civic Officer, on 0115 907 1115 or email civic@erewash.gov.uk to see the Roll of Honour book kept in the Mayor’s Parlour at Ilkeston Town Hall.

Visit www.erewash.gov.uk to access the online version.

The Long Eaton First World War Roll of Honour is displayed in Long Eaton Town Hall’s council chamber and is currently being restored and updated by the council.

However, the Royal British Legion has a roll of honour for the Long Eaton servicemen who died in the two World Wars on its website.

Visit www.britishlegion.org.uk/branches to access it.