New headstones were unveiled in a touching memorial service for two soldiers from Feltham.
The war graves of late Private Arthur Etoo and late Private William Edmeads who were buried at Feltham Cemetery both served in the First World War.
A small gathering of relatives, schoolchildren from local Oak Hill Academy, members of the Royal British Legion in Hanworth and cadets from 94 (Feltham Squadron) ATC attended the heartwarming commemoration service on Thursday (June 16).
Mayor of Hounslow Ajmer Grewal along with a number of councillors also paid their respects.
A special service of blessing was also carried out by vicar Anne Dollery of St Dunstan’s Church in Feltham, at the graveyard.
Mr Etoo fought in World War One in 1914 but was discharged in 1916 as he had tuberculosis and died a year later.
Mr Edmeads was killed several years after in 1921 when he was sent to Ireland to the civil disturbance against the IRA.
The family of Mr Etoo had contacted Alan Rice, cemeteries officer for council subcontractor Carillion and the War Graves Commission to request for a headstone to be placed where he had been laid to rest.
The arrangements for Mr Edmeads' headstone were made by members of the Feltham History Group.
Mr Rice who is also secretary of Feltham History Group, said: “These young men from the Feltham area weren’t previously commemorated because they did not die in the theatre of war.
“In recent times the government has changed this to include where people died through other means.
“The service was well attended by members of Hounslow council and it was lovely to see them come along.
"Mr Etoo’s family from Ireland were also pleased to see all those people there.”
The service followed one held for Sergeant Major James Champion, who was awarded the Victoria Cross after being involved in the charge of the Light Brigade in 1854, in Hammersmith last month.
An appeal for members of the public to attend a ceremony for a Kensington First World War hero in April also led to a crowd standing to remember his bravery that saw him too awarded the Victoria Cross after his death.