Fallen hero’s entry on Haslemere War Memorial is corrected

By Tom White  
Monday 8th August 2022 6:00 am
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Haslemere mayor Cllr Jacquie Keen by the corrected entry
Haslemere mayor Cllr Jacquie Keen by the corrected entry (Tindle )

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An entry on Haslemere’s war memorial has been corrected after it was brought to the attention of the town council.

The entry for Lieutenant James Howard Stables – who was known as Howard – mistakenly said he fell at Anna-I-Yat when he had actually fallen at Sanna-I-Yat after a battle against Turkish soldiers.

The town council was contacted by Howard’s great nephew – also called Howard Stables – who pointed out the spelling mistake on the memorial.

The mistake has now been corrected, much to the delight of Howard.

He said: “Having retired I have had more time and taken a greater interest in gaining a better understanding of my family tree.

“For many years my late father and mother encouraged me to visit the war memorial in Haslemere.

“When I visited, I noticed the mistake on Howard’s entry on the memorial, so I contacted the town council and offered to pay to have it corrected – but the council did it themselves.

“Strangely, there was also a spelling mistake on my grandmother’s grave in Suffolk, and I was visiting her grave when I was told Howard’s entry in Haslemere had been corrected.

“It was a rather fitting coincidence that should happen at the same time, and I’m most grateful to the town council.”

Town clerk Lisa O’Sullivan said: “The town council was delighted to have the omission corrected.”

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