Tribute to a Slough soldier who died in the Second World War is set to finally be added to a war memorial.

Planning consent has been granted for the name of Lance Corporal William J Howkins to be carved onto Slough War Memorial at St Marys Church.

The soldier, who was born and raised in Slough, is understood to have been killed while defending a bridge in September 1944 at Wetteren in Belgium.

His name will join those of other Slough soldiers who lost their lives in the world wars.

As well as the new inscription being added to the memorial, the works will also see the existing names re-carved.

The planning application forms read: “Additional work involving re-carving names on the memorial which over the years have suffered bad weather damage is currently going ahead at St Marys Church.

“A notice was posted at the church advising that this work was going to be done and no objections were received.

“The work will ensure hopefully for another 100 years these local heroes will not be forgotten.”

Slough Borough Council planning officers granted listed building consent for the work to be carried out, which was required as the structure is Grade II listed.

To find out more about this planning application, visit the Slough Borough Council planning portal with the reference P/13430/001.