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Dad wants army son's name on memorial
A FATHER whose soldier son died in a horrific road smash is calling for his name to be added to Weymouth’s new war memorial.
Trevor Shave said members of the armed forces who died serving their country, irrespective of whether they were killed in combat, should be reserved a place.
Retired Weymouth taxi driver Mr Shave has welcomed plans by Weymouth and Portland Borough Council to construct a memorial to those lost since the Second World War and said he would pay towards it.
But he believes it should be available for all families who have lost loved ones in the services.
Mr Shave’s son Simon was killed along with seven other soldiers when the truck they were in plunged off a mountain road in Cyprus in 1989.
The 17-year-old former Budmouth student was serving with the 2nd Battalion of the Coldstream Guards.
Mr Shave said his son had spent five days guarding a listening post in the Troodos Mountains and his group were on their way back to base when the accident happened.
Simon’s name is included at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire.
But Mr Shave, aged 67, said he would be proud to see his son’s name on a local memorial.
He said: “People don’t appreciate what these youngsters go and do. I feel that if they serve, they’re entitled to be remembered.
“They died serving their country and protecting the people of this country.
“Weymouth isn’t a big town and thankfully we don’t have to suffer the misery of losing too many.”
The council plans to add to the existing cenotaph with a new Portland Stone memorial.
The council has decided to team up with the Royal British Legion to progress the project and raise funds through public subscription.
In response to Mr Shave’s request, committee chairman Mike Goodman said: “We haven’t discussed that level of detail yet.
“Normally memorials are for those killed in active service.
“We need to take advice from the British Legion and the War Graves Commission before setting the criteria.
“I understand the point of view but it’s early days.
“I expect we will need help from the public about who should be included on the memorial.”
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