On 3 February the name of a local soldier that has been missing from Andover’s First World War Memorial since its dedication in 1920 will finally be added.
Second Corporal Reginald F.B. Robbins’s name appeared on the roll of honour read out at the original unveiling ceremony in 1920, but for reasons unknown, it was never included on the actual memorial.
Nearly a century on, and after extensive work by local amateur historian Craig Fisher and Test Valley Borough Council, Reginald’s name will finally be inscribed.
Reginald was born in Sussex but moved to Andover with his father when he was in his teens, joining the Royal Engineers in 1917. He saw service in France and Egypt before his untimely death at the age of 25.
A stonemason will be on-site in the Garden of Remembrance on Tuesday, 3 February to chisel the name into the Portland stone monument ready for a re-dedication ceremony at 3pm on Saturday, 7 February.
Leader of the Council, Councillor Ian Carr, said: “We may never know exactly why Reginald’s name was not included on the memorial, but it is important that he is honoured and correctly remembered alongside the other local service men who gave their lives. It is a poignant tribute that the service will be carried out on the 95th anniversary of Reginald’s death.”
The public re-dedication service will be hosted by the Reverend John Harkin of St Mary’s Church and the Mayor of Test Valley, Councillor Jan Lovell, and will seek to reflect the format of the original dedication in 1920.