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Memorial to Portsmouth World War II dead unveiled

Unveiling of name panels
Image caption The 610 names are the first to be added to Portsmouth's Guildhall Square war memorial

Stone panels bearing the names of 610 Portsmouth residents who died during World War II have been unveiled.

The names of fallen military personnel were the first to be added to Guildhall Square's World War II memorial.

The panels were unveiled by Jean Louth, whose father Harry Short was killed at Dunkirk.

She said she was "very proud" to see the culmination of the latest stage of her fundraising campaign which has lasted more than 20 years.

Fundraising is continuing to raise the £90,000 needed to add the full list of about 3,000 servicemen and women as well as civilians from the city who died during the war.

Council leader Gerald Vernon-Jackson said the new panels engraved with names would ensure "our fallen heroes are properly commemorated".

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