A FUND-RAISING drive for a Kempley war memorial has reached a financial milestone, with two thirds of the cash already in the kitty, thanks to the generosity of the community.

The balance has now topped £2000, towards a required total of £3000.

An obelisk of natural stone will stand as an enduring memorial of the Kempley men who marched away to the First World War, and the Second World War, but never returned.

The memorial, on the village green, will be set in place in September, but the official unveiling will take place, poignantly, on the last day of British Summer Time, Saturday October 25, by relatives of the men named on the stone.

Much of the money raised has come in following an appeal that went through every local letterbox.

The names around the obelisk will be as follows: Corporal Frederick Dyer; Private William Alfred Hodges; L/Corp Henry Charles Jones; Private Samuel Kirby; Private Benjamin Lane; Private Alfred Manns; Private Frank Manns; Private Hubert Powell; Flight Sergeant Colin Robert Morley.