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Bexley family wins fight to place relatives name on Bexleyheath War Memorial

PUBLISHED: 11:52 12 November 2012

L-r: Pamela Stokes, Barbara Downer, Bexleyheath and Welling Royal British Legion chairman Paul Grest and Bill Stevenson. Kit Stevenson in front

L-r: Pamela Stokes, Barbara Downer, Bexleyheath and Welling Royal British Legion chairman Paul Grest and Bill Stevenson. Kit Stevenson in front

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A family of a soldier who died in Italy during the Second World War fought to get his name included added to Bexleyheath War Memorial.

Robert Collier died in Faenza while fighting for the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders and his family, including his niece Kit Stevenson and great niece Pamela Stokes, turned out in force to pay their respects for the war dead

Pamela said: “We found out about Robert when I was doing some investigating into the family tree. But we were originally told by the War Graves Commission that we could not get his name added to the Bexleyheath War Memorial for administrative reasons which was a devastating blow.”

When the Bexleyheath War Memorial was vandalised last year there were no excuses for not adding Robert’s name to the site.

Pamela, who lives in Slade Green, added: “The Royal British Legion have been brilliant over the past three years, giving us advice and contacts, and a couple of days before Remembrance Sunday last year his name was finally added. I had to go and check for myself!”

Kit said: “It’s great to have somewhere local to pay your respects. It’s been incredibly emotional.

“I have vague memories of him as a child before going off to war and my dad and him made a pact that if anything happened to one of them the other would look after the other’s family.”

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