Council ‘sorry’ for missing names off memorial

UPSET ... Vin Mullen with the Jarrow Town Hall Roll of Honour.
UPSET ... Vin Mullen with the Jarrow Town Hall Roll of Honour.

COUNCIL bosses have been forced to apologise after the names of war heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice were omitted from a new memorial in South Tyneside.

The plaque was unveiled just over a week ago inside Jarrow Town Hall, to remember the town’s fallen heroes during the Second World War.

Vin Mullen with the Jarrow Town Hall Roll of Honour

Vin Mullen with the Jarrow Town Hall Roll of Honour

But South Tyneside Council has admitted the memorial contains “some inaccuracies” and has promised to put the mistakes right.

Vin Mullen, of Prince Consort Road, Jarrow, who supplied information when the plaque was in its planning stages, has accused the borough council of “incompetence,” after realising that some war heroes’ names were missing from the plaque.

Mr Mullen said the missing names include that of his late uncle, Michael McNally.

Mr Mullen said: “I supplied all the names on a CD to the council, but some have been missed off.

“The council have had over a year to get this right and I just feel it’s incompetence.”

Mr Mullen also claims a number of names on the new plaque have no record at the Commonwealth War Graves website.

He alleges that at least 10 per cent of the Christian names and surnames on the new plaque are misspelled and some service details are wrong, with Royal Navy personnel wrongly given as serving in the Merchant Navy, and vice versa.

Mr Mullen said that, apart from his uncle, the names of the following servicemen are missing from the new war memorial: Adam Atkinson, James McFarlane Barrow, Frederick Binz, Ian Dearing, Thomas Mullen and Leonard Ryce.

Robert Harvey, 78, whose 21-year-old brother, William, was killed in 1942, while serving with the Merchant Navy, staged a three-year campaign for an improved war memorial in Jarrow Town Hall.

Jarrow MP Stephen Hepburn and the Mayor of South Tyneside, Coun Eileen Leask, were among the guests who attended the plaque’s unveiling ceremony.

A spokesman for South Tyneside Council said: “Our attention has been drawn to some inaccuracies in the memorial, and we would like to offer our sincere apologies to the families of the war deceased and to residents of Jarrow.

“We have worked closely with the local community to create a memorial to local service personnel who made the ultimate sacrifice in World War II, as well as symbolising the wider human loss experienced by the town.

“With new information coming to light, the memorial was designed to include space for additional names, and we will rectify the problems and ensure it is reinstated as a fitting tribute to the people of Jarrow who lost their lives.”

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