A parliamentary candidate whose father served in the Indian Army has today launched a campaign urging Greenwich Council to restore and update the borough’s war memorials.

Complimenting councillor for Eltham Spencer Drury’s proposal is a petition that residents are being asked to sign which will be delivered to Greenwich Council and the end of October to avoid the possibility of clashing with Remembrance Day.

Councillor Drury, who also proposes Greenwich Council’s Heritage Trust update the main memorials with names of those killed in conflicts since the First World War, said in a military borough such as Greenwich, war memorials are an important part of our heritage.

He said: “I am simply gutted that the Council has failed to restore the damage to our existing war memorials prior to the centenary of World War One despite myself and others pressuring them to do so for many years. I am determined not to let another year drift past without a proper commitment to restore and update them.”

The councillor also said he believes the monuments are not just historical but should also be relevant to future generations.