Appeal for heroes

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FALLEN soldiers from the region are to have their names etched in stone as they are added to Pocklington’s war memorial.

The town council have two names to add to the new stone tablet on Grape Lane, that of Staff Sergeant Arthur Place who was killed in Northern Ireland in May 1973, and Serjeant Phillip Scott who died in Afghanistan in November 2009.

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S/Sgt Place, from Pocklington, was a member of the Prince of Wales’ Own Regiment of Yorkshire and was one of four men who died after getting into a car containing an IRA bomb outside a hotel in Omagh. He was 29 years-old.

Sjt Scott was a member of 3rd Battalion The Rifles (the spelling of Serjeant is unique to the regiment) who had grown up in Pocklington and attended the infants, juniors and Woldgate School before moving to North Yorkshire in his early teens.

The 30 year-old died after an improvised explosive device was detonated in northern Helmand Province.

The council, who want to put the names on the new memorial tablet in date order of their death, is continuing to appeal for the names of other heroes from the area who lost their lives serving the armed forces.

One had been suggested, but few details have been provided.

Town clerk Richard Wood explained: “We were told about a soldier who was serving in Germany who was killed in a road accident and need to know a little bit more about the circumstances so the councillors can decide whether he should be included.“

The wording on the memorial is ‘Dedicated to those from Pocklington and District who lost their lives in the service of their country since World War II’.