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Soldier's name to be added to Crawley war memorial

Private John Brackpool
Private Brackpool died from a gunshot wound in Afghanistan

The name of a Sussex soldier killed in Afghanistan is to be added to the war memorial in his home town.

Pte John Brackpool, of Crawley, was killed in Afghanistan on 9 July 2009, two days before his 28th birthday. He was shot while on sentry duty.

Crawley Borough Council has said it will add Pte Brackpool's name to the memorial at St John's Church in High Street in the spring.

The move followed a request from the soldier's mother, Carol Brackpool.

Pte Brackpool was serving with the Prince of Wales's Company, 1st Battalion Welsh Guards, in Helmand Province.

'Very proud'

Mrs Brackpool said: "John was a Crawley lad through and through and proud to be so.

"Honouring my son this way is something he would have been proud of just like we are very proud of him.

"I think it is very important that we honour and remember all our heroes who have died serving their country."

Council leader Bob Lanzer said: "Mrs Brackpool approached us with this idea of remembering her son. We are pleased to be able to help with this fitting memorial."

The four-sided memorial currently bears the names of soldiers killed in World War I and World War II.

Two of the sides remain empty.

The council is now asking people to get in touch with the names of other service personnel who have died in conflict.

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