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Female hero added to War Memorial

 
Created on 09/08/2011 @ 16:34
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A new name is to be added to the town’s War Memorial, nearly 100 years after she died in the First World War.
 
Lizzie Dora Stephens was killed on April 24, aged just 23, whilst serving as a civilian in Queen Mary’s Army Auxiliary Corps but until now she had not been recognised on any memorial.
 
But a historian has traced Lizzie’s roots back to Welshpool and the Town Council has added her to the list of the town’s fallen.
 
Town clerk Robert Robinson explained: “Welshpool Town Council was approached by Mr. Clive Blakeway from the Shropshire War Memorials Association to ask whether the Town Council would consider inscribing a plaque to be placed on the War Memorial in remembrance of Lizzie Dora Stephens, who was born in Welshpool. The Council agreed to this request and have arranged that this name be added.”
 
Mywelshpool has tracked Lizzie’s resting place (pictured) to Aldershot Military Cemetery where records show that she was the daughter of a couple who moved on to Treharris, Glamorgan from Welshpool. The white gravestone simply states: ‘Gone but not forgotten’.
 
Meanwhile, the town’s cenotaph will be spruced up in time for November’s Remembrance Celebration. Councillors have rubber stamped a £1,750 clean-up which will be done in the autumn.
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