Memorial engraving 'marks return home for war hero'

10th August 2011 - Fine Cut

A precision engraving is being planned by Gosport Borough Council to honour the exploits of Corporal Philip Bryant, who crashed in the Malaysian jungle during an army expedition.

According to Portsmouth publication The News, the military man from Lee-on-the-Solent will have his name added to a monument in the town that currently lists the details of people who fought in World War I and II.

Corporal Bryant's plane crash occurred more than 60 years ago while on a flight as part of a joint Malaysian and British task force and now Gosport Borough Council is keen to find out about other men and women from the area who have died in battle over the years.

Speaking to the publication, his sister Sheila Tebbett described how the engraving in many ways represents him returning home, as he had been buried in Malaysia since the crash.

"It is absolutely wonderful. I am thrilled and so very pleased to know his name is going to be added to the memorial. I feel a real sense of closure," she remarked.

Last month, Queen Elizabeth formally unveiled the engraving of 112 names onto the side of the Armed Forces Memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas, reported the Burton Mail.

The monarch laid a wreath at the monument in honour of the British service personnel who died serving their country in 2010.

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