A WOMAN who died in the First World War will fill the final spot on a cenotaph, ensuring her name is never forgotten.

Lucy Harris's name will be etched into the war memorial in Witney, taking the last remaining space, after a campaign headed by historian Jeff Clements.

As publicised by the Oxford Mail and sister paper the Witney Gazette in August, Mr Clements wanted recognition for Ms Harris, who was Witney's only female casualty in the war.

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Now Witney Town Council has confirmed that her name will be added to the memorial in Church Green, following his request.

Ms Harris enlisted in the Women's Royal Air Force in October 1918, but died of influenza in London just two weeks later.

Although she was listed in the Commonwealth War Graves Commission records, she was buried in St Mary's Church in Cogges with no headstone, and was not recorded on the town centre War Memorial, nor the plaque inside the church.

Mr Clements's request was considered by the town council's halls and green spaces committee.

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Councillor Vicky Gwatkin, who chairs the committee, said: "Adding Lucy’s name to Witney’s war memorial allows us to pay tribute to her as an individual.

"It serves as a poignant reminder to current and future generations of the efforts and sacrifices made by women from communities just like ours during periods of conflict.

"It is a privilege to be able to support Jeff’s work and our thanks to him, and councillor Mel Jones, for bringing Lucy Harris to our attention."

Her name is due to be added to the memorial in March next year.

Mr Clements told the town council he is delighted that she will finally get the recognition she deserves.

He said in August: "I don't think we could do better than honouring our one female military casualty of the Great War by remembering her there."