A DROITWICH man is set to have his name added to the town’s war memorial, nearly 100 years after he died fighting for his country in the first world war.

William H Goddard, a private in the army, is having his name added to the memorial after a unanimous vote at Droitwich Town Council.

Private Goddard, who died in 1918, was listed on the census in Droitwich for 1911, but unfortunately his name was missed off the original list of the dead and has only recently come to light.

The council has made efforts to verify that he did indeed come from Droitwich, checking with the local branch of the Royal British Legion, and Private Goddard’s name will now be added to the memorial, at a cost of approximately £400.

According to councillors this is the second time in recent years that an additional soldier from the town has been discovered missing from the memorial, and his name added.