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Lichfield streets could be named after fallen war heroes

Streets in Lichfield could be named after fallen war heroes from the area.

The war memorial in Lichfield
The war memorial in Lichfield

Lichfield District Council is looking for the relatives of 39 men who are commemorated in Lichfield’s Garden of Remembrance.

A proposal from Lichfield City Council would see 13 new streets in a housing development on land off Limburg Avenue named after the First and Second World War servicemen – and now the district council is hoping to gain consent to use their names.

The names from World War One are:

  • CE Wright
  • DW Wright,
  • Henry Wright
  • Horace Wright
  • SC Wright
  • WH Wright
  • Alf Wakelin
  • Arthur Wakelin
  • EG Wakelin
  • J Wakelin
  • W Wakelin
  • GT Powell
  • JW Powell
  • AG Burt
  • FE Burt
  • CA Caswell
  • CA Caswell Jnr
  • CH Fenn
  • TP Fenn
  • F Larkin
  • MG Larkin
  • E Lees
  • FC Lees
  • L Lees
  • G Marshall
  • JT Marshall
  • G Martin
  • W Martin
  • JJH Neale
  • F Statham
  • R Statham
  • F Taylor
  • JT Taylor.

The names of the men who served in the Second World War are:

  • J Wright
  • HC Larkin
  • WW Martin
  • FW Taylor
  • GE Taylor
  • DE Taylor

It is hoped the thirteen surnames of the 39 men will be used on the proposed streets.

Councillor Liz Little, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet member for corporate and customer services, revenues and benefits, said: “We were pleased to accept Lichfield City Council’s suggestion to name these roads in honour of the 39 local men who lost their lives fighting for their country.

“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.

“So, if you are a descendant of any of the men whose names have been chosen, please get in touch to tell us if you give your consent.”

Relatives can contact Katie Badger, GIS Support Officer, on 01543 308763 or by emailing katie.badger@lichfielddc.gov.uk by 5pm on 12th February 2019. 

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