Solider honoured after 69 years

PUBLISHED: 15:00 21 November 2013

Eileen Knight and Tony McLarnon, daughter and son of Anthony Leo McLarnon, with Sandra Favell, chairman of the Portishead branch of the Royal British Legion.

Eileen Knight and Tony McLarnon, daughter and son of Anthony Leo McLarnon, with Sandra Favell, chairman of the Portishead branch of the Royal British Legion.

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AFTER 69 years, a Portishead soldier killed in Burma in 1944, has been added to the town’s war memorial.

Eileen Knight and Tony McLarnon, daughter and son of Anthony Leo McLarnon, with Sandra Favell, chairman of the Portishead branch of the Royal British Legion.Eileen Knight and Tony McLarnon, daughter and son of Anthony Leo McLarnon, with Sandra Favell, chairman of the Portishead branch of the Royal British Legion.

After years of searching, the grave of Anthony Leo McLarnon, who lived in Victoria Square, was located by the Royal British Legion (RBL) in the war cemetery at Digboi, India.

As a result the RBL organised for Private McLarnon to be added to the WWII tablet on the war memorial of St Peter’s Church.

Derek Wilks, secretary of the Portishead RBL Branch, said: “This reinforces the aims of the Royal British Legion; that those who make the ultimate sacrifice will never be forgotten. In this case it has taken 69 years to honour the memory of Private Anthony Leo McLarnon, 6th Btn South Wales Borderers, but the task is now complete.”

Anthony’s name was added to the roll of honour read out at the Remembrance service at St Peter’s Church.


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