5th Dec, 2016

Roads to be named after town's fallen soldiers

Joshua Godfrey 22nd Jan, 2016 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

BRAVE servicemen from Evesham who lost their lives in the First World War are set to have roads named after them to recognise the sacrifices they made.

Streets on the new housing development on Pershore Road, Hampton, will now be named after eight servicemen from the village who died fighting for Britain during the First World War, after Evesham Town Council unanimously backed the plans.

Coun Colin Tether worked with local historian Peter Stewart to compile the names of the soldiers who are all remembered on Hampton’s War Memorial.

As a further mark of respect for the fallen, the road signs could also feature the Worcestershire Regimental Badge should the necessary permission be obtained.

The road names put forward are, Harding; in honour of Private Wilson Harding who died aged 22 in March 1915 and Enstone; in remembrance of Private Percy Enstone who lost his life aged 24 in May 1915.

Abbotts has been nominated in honour of brothers Private Arthur and Private Thomas Abbotts, who were killed aged 20 and 28 and Birch; in honour of Sergeant Frederick Birch who died aged 27 in September 1915.

Also to be remembered is the youngest of those killed, Private Frederick Cole, who was just 19-years-old.

Brothers, Privates Alfred and Thomas Boswell, aged 30 and 24 will also have a road named after them.

Following the decision, a further name, Jordan; in honour of Private Allan Jordan who died aged 32 in July 1916 was put forward and accepted by the town council.

Coun Colin Tether, who was determined to honour the fallen soldiers, said: “It was right we named the roads after those soldiers that had connections with Great Hampton.

“It seemed important, as the Great War was 100-years-ago, that we should name roads after those who died fighting for their country.

“These people lived in Great Hampton, some had wives and children in the area and so it was important to honour those who fought for our country,” he added.

Subject to final approval from Wychavon District Council, the roads will be named once the housing development is completed.

The main road through the development is set to be named Cartwright Way in honour of former Evesham Mayor and prominent councillor Ronald Cartwright.