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Last Updated: Tuesday, 15 August 2006, 05:51 GMT 06:51 UK
Memorial call for IRA bomb victim
Mark Jones
Mark Jones was killed by an IRA bomb in 1989
The mother of a soldier killed by an IRA bomb is campaigning for his name to be included on a war memorial which is being updated in his home village.

Mark Jones, from Mumbles, near Swansea, died aged 27 in 1989 in an attack on Royal Marine barracks in Deal, Kent.

The community council is to update the existing memorial to name every soldier from Mumbles killed in both World Wars.

Mr Jones' mother, Mary Adams, has called for the monument to name every local soldier killed in all conflicts.

Mumbles Community Council has said the existing monument was a memorial specifically to members of the armed services killed in both World Wars and it was considering a separate commemoration for those from the village who died in subsequent conflicts.

Mr Jones was one of 11 Royal Marine musicians who died when the bomb exploded at the barracks in Kent on the morning of 22 September 1989.

Mrs Adams said there had been other cases in the UK where soldiers killed by the IRA had been remembered on war memorials in their home towns.

Mumbles war memorial
The war memorial in Mumbles is due to be updated

She said: "If you have given your life for your country, you have given your life.

"There are no degrees of death - you can't make a bigger sacrifice.

"I feel that it should be a memorial for victims of all conflicts.

"I hope that common sense will prevail. We are not looking for glory for Mark, we want it for everyone.

"If it's a case of finance, we have offered to fund-raise to help the council."

She added Mr Jones' ashes were scattered in the sea off Deal so there is no permanent reminder of him at home apart from an annual scholarship in his name awarded through the West Glamorgan Youth Orchestra.

'Separate commemoration'

In a statement Mumbles Community Council said a great deal of effort had gone in to ensuring that the updated memorial did not omit the names of any local soldier who died in either World War.

"Mumbles War Memorial was originally erected to commemorate those from Mumbles who gave their lives in the Great War and following the end of the Second World War altered to also commemorate the fallen of that war," it said.

"It has always been, and still is, a matter under consideration that a separate commemoration be made to those from Mumbles who have given their lives in subsequent conflicts and those who regrettably may do so in the future.

"Mumbles Community Council regrets that, in attempting to rectify the anomaly of omission of named service personnel from the cenotaph, distress should have been caused to Mrs Adams or indeed anyone else."


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