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SAS hero's name finally on Bromley war memorial

PUBLISHED: 16:36 08 September 2015

Members of the Howell family at the ceremony

Members of the Howell family at the ceremony

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Relatives of a soldier who was somehow omitted from Bromley's war memorial travelled from across the globe to honour their Uncle Bill.

RELATIVES from as far away as Australia gathered last Friday to remember Private William Howell at the Bromley war memorial which now bears his name for the first time.

Private William Kitchener Howell died 72 years ago to the day while taking part in the Allied invasion of Italy on active service with the SAS. His relatives discovered that his name was never inscribed onto Bromley’s war memorial in Martin’s Hill and approached Bromley council to ask if it could be.

Arthur Cook, Private Howell’s nephew, said: “The family never recovered from the death of my uncle.

“The day is still etched in my mind.

“I am pleased the council has added Uncle Bill’s name to the memorial. In this way, his smiling face and his memory will live on long after we have all faded.”

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