A NEW war memorial in Hounslow town centre has been approved as the borough prepares to mark the centenary of the First World War.
The granite obelisk will be situated outside Holy Trinity Church, in Hounslow High Street, in front of the semi-circular stone steps which serve as a makeshift memorial.
The council-funded memorial, which was formally approved last week, will be built by Lodge Brothers and is due to be unveiled on Saturday, August 2, at 3pm, by Victoria Cross holder Johnson Beharry.
That date, two days before the 100th anniversary of Britain declaring war on Germany, and five days after the centenary of the war’s outbreak, is due to be the focus of commemorations in the borough.
Councillor Pritam Grewal, cabinet member for communications and communities, said: “I am very proud to announce Hounslow will be getting a new war memorial to commemorate fallen servicemen and servicewomen in conflicts past and present.
“I would also like to thank the magnificent support by Andre McGill, of Hounslow Royal British Legion, and his members.
“Finally, we have a memorial to honour those who gave their today for our tomorrows in the heart of Hounslow.”
The memorial will honour servicemen and women killed in all conflicts. It will feature the image of a poppy but will not be inscribed with the names of those who have died in action.
A council spokesman said re-paving of the High Street, which began late last year at Bell Corner, has been rescheduled to take into account the new memorial.
Similar war memorials are also planned for major Second World War bombing sites in Brentford and Isleworth, though it is not known when these will be erected.
The council also plans to buy Flanders poppy seeds, synonymous with the battlefields of the First World War, and give them to many schools in the borough to plant. The seeds are being sold by B&Q to raise funds for the Royal British Legion