Search for war heroes as part of plan to name new Fradley streets after them

Relatives of British and Australian war heroes are being sought as part of a plan to name new roads in Lichfield after them.

Fradley and Streethay Parish Council has put forward the proposal to honour those named on Commonwealth war graves in in St Stephen’s Churchyard.

The RAF Lichfield memorial in Fradley. Pic: 66usual

The RAF Lichfield memorial in Fradley. Pic: 66usual

The new Halifax Avenue housing development is being built on the former site of RAF Lichfield, with the main road of the development located along the former runway.

Lichfield District Council, which is responsible for street naming, is now seeking any surviving relatives to gain their consent. The names they are hoping to use are:

  • Private Arthur C Bridgwood who was in the 3rd Battalion, Durham Light Infantry and died aged 21
  • Private Fredrick J Lakin who was in the 23rd Battalion, The King’s (Liverpool Regiment) and died age 43
  • Flight Sergeant Francis TJ Bryant who was in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve and died age 23
  • Flying Officer Alfred R Heins who in the Royal Australian Air Force and died age 26
  • Sergeant Bernard Poupard who was in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve and died age 21
  • Flight Sergeant Jack SR Woolnough who was in the Royal Australian Air Force and died age 24
  • Aircraftman 1st Class George WH Stapleford who was in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve and died age 29
  • Flying Officer James Love who was in the Royal Australian Air Force and died at 33 years of age
  • Sergeant John B Muir who was in the Royal Australian Air Force and died at 25 years of age
  • Flying Officer Denis M Murphy who was in the Royal Australian Air Force and died at 24 years of age
  • Sergeant Harold P Wishart who was in the Royal Australian Air Force and died aged 25

Private Bridgwood and Private Lakin both fought in the First World War with the remaining nine having fought in the World War Two.

Councillor Chris Spruce, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet member for finance and democracy, said: “Considering the area’s aeronautical history, naming the roads after fallen Royal Air Force and British Army heroes, who lost their lives fighting in the First and Second World Wars, is a fitting tribute.

“As part of the street naming process we need to give any relatives the opportunity to tell us if they would rather the names are not used.

“A number of the soldiers fought in the Royal Australian Air Force so this is a bit of an international search.”

Any relatives can contact Roberta Whittaker on 01543 308763 or via roberta.whittaker@lichfielddc.gov.uk by September 25.

A 12th road, Violet Walk, is being named after Violet Mornington who lived in Fradley until her death at just five years of age in 2013.

Her family have set up a charity in her name, Violets in Bloom, to raise funds and awareness of Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocystosis.

“We hope naming the street after little Violet, who was so brave throughout her illness, will make her family very proud,” added Cllr Spruce.

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