Council backs plans for town war memorial

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A war memorial to add almost 1,000 names of those from Mansfield who lost their lives in battle is to be looked into by the district council.

Members unanimously voted to carry out a feasibility study into building a permanent memorial during their a recent council meeting.

The idea was put forward by Councillor Steve Garner after he noticed that one Mansfield soldier had died in battle in November 1915, 100 years ago.

More than 951 servicemen and women from the Mansfield area have given the ultimate sacrifice, but there is no lasting memorial to their efforts.

Coun Garner said: “It’s not for me to say how much it will cost or where we would want it, it’s up to all of us.”

The motion was backed by all 36 councillors present during the meeting.

Councillor Andy Sissons said: “This is something that’s very important for the future of Mansfield to look back on the past and not forget it.”

Councillor John Smart added: “Things have move on and tend to be forgotten so the idea is admirable.”

Coun Smart said a lot of work was required and could take three years to be put in place, ready for November 2018 to mark the 100 year anniversary of the end of World War One.

But Mansfield mayor, Kate Allsop said: “I would like to see it before 2018, it’s a very well thought-out motion and it’s some thing that’s very important to our communities.”