New Burntwood roads to be named after Chasetown World War Two heroes

A plan to name new streets in Burntwood after local World War Two heroes has been hailed as “excellent” news.

The Chasetown War Memorial

The Chasetown War Memorial

The 20 streets will take inspiration from those named on a nearby memorial.

Among the proposed new names for the Milestone Way development are:

  • Ruston Road
  • Collis Close
  • Oakley Road
  • Fitch Croft
  • Brawn Croft
  • West Croft
  • Plumb Close
  • Faunch Close
  • Wright Close
  • Howdle Croft
  • Follows End
  • Glover Close
  • Gough Lane
  • Smith Way
  • Vayro Close
  • Bird Grove
  • James Close
  • Pooler Close
  • Murcott End
  • Brazier Close

The proposal came from Burntwood Town Council after Cllr Darren Ennis was approached by a local resident.

“I think it is excellent for the area and in my quest to find more history of these soldiers, by contacting relatives and with some help from the Burntwood Family History Group, I managed to do this,” he said. “Some have sent me lots of information and pictures.”

Now Lichfield District Council is asking for permission from any other surviving relatives to use these names.

Councillor Chris Spruce said: “We heartily agreed with Burntwood Town Council’s suggestion to name these roads in honour of the 22 local men who lost their lives fighting for their country in the Second World War.

“As part of the street naming process we do need to give any relatives the opportunity to tell us if they would rather the names are not used. So, if you are a descendant of any of the men who are commemorated on Chasetown’s war memorial, please get in touch to tell us if you give your consent.”

Any relatives are asked to contact Gareth Thomas on 01543 308131 or via email on gareth.thomas@lichfielddc.gov.uk.

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1 Comment

  1. Darren Ennis

    1st October, 2015 at 6:11 pm

    This was an excellent request that I was lucky to be part of. When asked to come up with ideas for the road on the new estate I took this into work and discussed it with a few members of staff and ideas where threw around. Greg Derry said what about memorials and it grew from there, lots of research and came up with the Chasetown WW2 Memorial. What made it more apt was we needed 20 road names and there were 20 different surnames.
    It had amazing support from everyone on Burntwood Town Council and was passed onto the District, Gareth got in contact and asked if I could get some history of some of the soldiers and in contact with any families still in the Area. I managed to speak to the relatives of Fredrick Brawn and John Vayro which was extremely positive and both the relatives loved the idea and sent me many pictures and a history of the soldiers.
    I did after some help from many enthusiastic people find the names and addresses of 11 of the families and they will be all contacted.
    Its lovely to have an estate in Chasetown names after so many people from Chasetown, and as it says at the end of the memorial “We Will Not Forget”