Edenthorpe war memorial project success

Edenthorpe war memorial committee with honorary president Rosie Winterton MP and members of the local community at the memorial site within the Community Centre at Edenthorpe.

Edenthorpe war memorial committee with honorary president Rosie Winterton MP and members of the local community at the memorial site within the Community Centre at Edenthorpe.

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A new war memorial honouring fallen soldiers from a Doncaster village is set to arrive this week following a two-year campaign.

Members of The Edenthorpe War Memorial Committee have worked tirelessly to raise £6,000 for the memorial, the footings for which are now in place.

The memorial will feature the names of six service personnel, all from the village, who were killed during the Second World War from 1939 to 1945.

It will be the first new memorial in the borough 
for 25 years and David Milnes, vice chair of the committee, said: “It’s such a fantastic achievement after two years of fundraising.

“There’s a real buzz about it in Edenthorpe – at the minute it’s the hot topic of conversation.

“We want to say a massive thank you to everyone who has donated to make this possible.

“We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of the members of our local community and local businesses who have donated time, money and materials towards our great project.”

A number of local businesses and residents gave up time and materials to get the foundation work done and the memorial will arrive this week.

The families of three of the war heroes named on the memorial will attend a dedication ceremony on Remembrance Day, Wednesday, November 11.

The family of fallen soldier Robert Gore, named on the memorial, will be among those attending the service.

Mr Milnes said: “Robert Gore is buried in Egypt so it will be really special for his family to finally have somewhere close to home to pay their respects to him.

“It’s so important that everyone remembers the sacrifice these men gave and this memorial will help us to do that.”

The ceremony will be held at the memorial site at the junction of Thorne Road and Eden Grove Road in Edenthorpe.

The dedication service will start at 10.45am and the service is to be led by the Bishop of Doncaster, the Rt.Rev Peter Burrows, with special guest Rosie Winterton MP – honorary president of the war memorial committee.

The British Legion from Armthorpe will attend with their standard and there will be wreath laying, two minutes silence, prayers and then refreshments with the committee at Edenthorpe Park Social Club, known as Waggies, in Eden Grove Road.