Two forgotten soldiers, who were killed in service, have finally had their names engraved on the Crawley cenotaph

Picture special: Fallen soldiers have their names engraved on Crawley War Memorial

Two forgotten soldiers, who were killed in service, have finally had their names engraved on the Crawley cenotaph.

Monday, 20th September 2021, 1:19 pm

The fallen, Craftsman Christopher Edgar and Sergeant Paul Justin Connolly, had their names added to the Crawley War Memorial on Tuesday, September 14.

The two soldiers’ names were forgotten on the cenotaph but, thanks to extensive research by Crawley & Horsham Armed Forces & Veterans Breakfast Club, they were memorialised alongside their fallen brothers at last.

Both families attended the ceremony at St John’s Church.

Brian Algate, events organiser at Crawley & Horsham Armed Forces & Veterans Breakfast Club, said: “Today (Tuesday) in Crawley we celebrated the unveiling of the names of Cfn Christopher Edgar and Sgt Paul Justin Connolly on the Crawley War Memorial.

“We had the pleasure of both the Edgar and Connolly family attending.

“It was a special day as it was the 52nd anniversary of the death of Christopher Edgar, and we were able to present the GSM (NI) - Grand Service Medal Northern Ireland - and the Queen Elizabeth Cross to 94-year-old Myrtle Edgar, mother of Christopher.

“This was followed by a lovely celebration hosted by St John’s Church, Crawley.

“(There was) an excellent turn out from the breakfast club, with representatives from RHQ REME - the Regimental Headquarters for the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, the REME Association, the town council, and Henry Smith our MP.”

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