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Two WW1 Soldiers Finally Get Their Names on Dorchester's War Memorial

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1:50pm 16th July 2013
(Updated 3:35pm 16th July 2013)

Two local soldiers are remembered as they finally get their names on Dorchester's Great War Memorial.

The men died in World War One fighting for the Canadians, but both were Dorchester born.

Relatives who still live in the County pushed for a new plaque which was unveiled during a ceremony today (16th July) around midday.

Some of those attending the service were the town Mayor, representatives from the Dorchester Branch of the Royal British Legion and the Canadian High Commission, and members of the public.

Wreathes were laid under the new plaque to commemorate the men.

Speeches were given by local historian Brian Bates and relatives of the soldiers, and then the Last Post was played.

Wessex FM attended the service and spoke to Brian who had been asked to check the two soldier's backgrounds. He said, "284 men and 1 woman perished during the First World War who had Dorchester Connections. The men that fought were very close to the hearts of the people of Dorchester, and I suppose this is an extension of that really. It's sort-of an up-to-date recognition of those two boys."

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