A RYEDALE councillor has launched a campaign to get a war memorial built to commemorate the servicemen and women from four villages.

Cllr Nathan Garbutt Moore is appealing for a dedicated war memorial for the villages of Rillington, Scampston, Thorpe Bassett and West Heslerton for the fallen soldiers in the First and Second World Wars, the Falklands and Iraq War.

“It came to my attention shortly before Remembrance Day that the electoral area that I represent does not have a dedicated war memorial to commemorate those who died,” he said.

“Of course, many of the village churches have a plaque on the wall, but unlike many villages, Rillington, Scampston, Thorpe Bassett and West Heslerton do not have a dedicated monument with the list of local names.

“Having a visual representation to commemorate our fallen soldiers and pay our respects is important.”

On Remembrance Sunday, Cllr Garbutt Moore read out the names of about 30 people at both All Saints’ in Thorpe Bassett and All Saints’ in West Heslerton, who lost their lives during the First and Second World Wars from the Rillington area.

He is currently applying for grants and organising several fundraisers to pay for the new memorial.

“I have spoken to quite a few people about this and I am pleased to already have support from residents and members of the parish council,” he said.

“I am confident people will be as passionate about this as I am, together we will look at fundraising, grant applications and a suitable location.

“I’m fully aware this will be a big project, but with enthusiasm and community support, we will endeavour to make this project happen during my time as district councillor.”

To get involved, phone 07539 079486 or email cllr.nathan.garbutt.moore@ryedale.gov.uk