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Memorial unveiled to honour city's fallen servicemen

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: September 11, 2012

Terri-Ann Barnes, with her son Christian, lays a tribute at the newly-unveiled   War Memorial in Exeter's Northernhay Gardens   for those who   died on active service since the Second  World War. Terri-Ann lost her brother,   Cpl Jason Barnes (REME) in Afghanistan. Picture: Richard Austin

Terri-Ann Barnes, with her son Christian, lays a tribute at the newly-unveiled War Memorial in Exeter's Northernhay Gardens for those who died on active service since the Second World War. Terri-Ann lost her brother, Cpl Jason Barnes (REME) in Afghanistan. Picture: Richard Austin

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A new memorial to servicemen who died during active service since the Second World War has been unveiled in the Westcountry.

The memorial, in Northernhay Gardens, Exeter, includes the inscription of the remembrance exhortation and a tablet with the names of the ten servicemen from the city who have lost their lives in conflicts overseas, including those in Northern Ireland, Iraq and Afghanistan.

The unveiling was carried out yesterday morning by Exeter Mayor Rob Newby and Air Chief Marshall Sir Stuart Peach, of Joint Forces Command.

Alongside other local civic and military dignitaries at the ceremony were the Bishop of Exeter, the vice-chancellor of Exeter University and representatives from the battalions and regiments in which each of the fallen servicemen had served.

"As a city, we already honour our dead from the two Great Wars, and it is fitting that we honour those who have fallen since 1945," Councillor Newby said.

"This memorial allows us to do just that."

Air Chief Marshal Peach, who is in day-to-day command of all British servicemen on active service across the globe, said: "On behalf of the sailors, marines, soldiers and airmen who have been lost or wounded, have served and continue to serve in the UK and overseas, I give my regards to the people of the city of Exeter for this permanent recognition to the memory of our fallen comrades.

"This serves to highlight the lasting bond between members of the United Kingdom Armed Forces and the city and people of Exeter."

Northernhay Gardens hosts the city's annual Remembrance Day service.

The new memorial will complement the existing War Memorial, nearby in the gardens, which was designed by local artist John Angel and unveiled in 1923.

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