Birmingham soldiers who gave their lives fighting for their country are among 67 names added to a memorial for war heroes.
A stonemason has etched the names of Trooper James Munday and Corporal Robert Deering on to the National Memorial Arboretum near Lichfield. Both were killed by explosions while fighting against the Taliban in Afghanistan last year.
Their names will be displayed alongside those of almost 16,000 servicemen and women who have died since the end of the Second World War after work began to honour those who died during 2008. A ceremony is planned for when the names will be unveiled.
Trooper Munday, aged 21, was killed last October in an explosion while driving an armoured Jackal vehicle in Afghanistan. Senior officers described James, who served in the same unit as Prince William, as a “superb soldier”.
His father, Rob, said: “I feel immensely proud of James but also of all the other servicemen because they have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. It’s nice to know that he has been honoured and that he will be remembered not just by us but also by the people who go to the memorial. The longer it goes on the more we miss him.”
Cpl Deering, aged 33, was killed by a booby-trap device as he rushed to comrades when their armoured vehicle was hit by a roadside blast in December. He had only just moved in to a house in Sheldon with fiancee Gemma Polino.
Prince William visited the arboretum last week to unveil plans for an £8million centre for remembrance at the site.