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People have been asked to sponsor each name on a planned memorial to the 280 Dearne casualties of two world wars.

A war memorial appeal fund has been set up to raise more than £30,000 for the structure in Bolton on Dearne Cemetery.

Pete Finnegan of the Dearne Memorial Group at the site of the planned Dearne Towns War Memorial

Pete Finnegan of the Dearne Memorial Group at the site of the planned Dearne Towns War Memorial

The statue has been commissioned by The Dearne Memorial Group which has already collected more than £2,000 towards the cost.

Group member Pete Finnegan said: “ Currently there are three memorials, one at the former Bolton School with 45 names and two plaques at churches, all under lock and key. This will be on view in the open all the time. All that is needed is for any person or group to raise £100 each to sponsor a name.”

Former soldier Pete Shields, 65, of the Dearne Memorial Group, said: “We should honour our war dead with proper memorials.

“I don’t think people who have sacrificed their lives for their country in conflicts should be hidden away.

“This is why we want to put the memorial of all the Dearne people who died in one memorial in a place where the public can see it.

“We should never forget the sacrifice that they made.”

Group members came up with the idea after Mr Shields secured a Commonwealth War Grave for Gunner Edward Outram, from Bolton, who was a prisoner of war for four years.

The group also hopes to leave a space on the memorial to honour local soldiers who have died in recent conflicts, such as Iraq and Afghanistan. Contact Peter Shield of the Dearne Memorial Group 0n 01709 890761, email petershields184@hotmail.com.