Work starts today on the somewhat daunting task of adding 112 names of the fallen to the National Memorial Arboretum’s Armed Forces Memorial.

The month-long process of engraving the names of 112 UK Service men and women who were killed on duty or through terrorism in 2010 will start at the National Memorial Arboretum on Monday 11 April 2011.

Engraver, Nick Hindle, will start work on the Armed Forces Memorial, carefully tracing the characters of the first names to be engraved, before then picking up his hammer and chisel to make the first mark in the Portland Stone. 

The 112 deaths in 2010 represent one of the largest tolls of the last twenty years. The names of those killed will be read out and dedicated in a special service for families later in the year.

The National Memorial Arboretum, part of The Royal British Legion, is the UK’s year-round centre for Remembrance. The Armed Forces Memorial, dedicated in the presence of HM The Queen in 2007, is the UK’s tribute to the 16,000 men and women who have been killed on duty or as a result of terrorist action since 1948.