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Published March 3rd 2020
The search is on in Lichfield for relatives of 23 war dead
The relatives of 23 fallen war heroes in Staffordshire are being sought by a local council so they can be commemorated as part of a new housing estate. Lichfield District Council is seeking the relatives of the local war heroes whose names are engraved on a war memorial within the city's Garden of Remembrance. The district council has proposed that 19 new streets in a new housing development should be named after Lichfield's war heroes. The local authority, which is responsible for street naming, is now seeking the families of the men to let them know about the proposal and, where possible, gain their consent to use the names. All 23 men died while serving in either the First World War or World War Two.
The War Memorial within Lichfield's Garden of Remembrance
The names of the men who served in the First World War are A Allsopp, GA Barlow, RG Bridgeman, CT Carthy, VJ Dixon, JE Espin, EJ Gallimore, G Gallimore, J Gilliver, JH Gilliver, E Hall, G Insley, GA Lowther, W Mason, W Neville, WH Osborne, HS Raby and TH Wilkinson. The names of those who served and lost their lives during the Second World War are P Clews, DH Gee, JW Hall, CH Shipley and WA Shipley. Councillor Andy Smith, Lichfield District Council's Cabinet Member for Customer Services & Innovation, said: "We were pleased to accept Lichfield City Council's suggestion to name these new roads in honour of the 23 local men who lost their lives fighting for their country in the First and Second World Wars. 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."
Permission is being sought from any relatives of 23 of the fallen heroes named on the memorial
The Garden of Remembrance, which is owned and managed by Lichfield City Council, has a stone statue of St George at its centre. Work on laying out the garden, designed to commemorate servicemen who died in the First World War, began in 1919 and was formally completed with a ceremony of dedication in October 1920. Lower panels were later added to the war memorial in order to commemorate those who died in the Second World War and later struggles. Any relatives of the 23 soldiers named above are asked to contact Katie Badger, GIS Officer, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 01543 308763 by 5pm on Friday 20 March 2020.