The grieving family of soldier Lee Davidson is petitioning Thorne and Moorends Town Council to create a garden in his memory.
Sgt Davidson, 32, from Thorne, was killed in September last year when his armoured vehicle hit a roadside bomb while he was serving in Afghanistan’s Helmand Province.
Doncaster Council has approved a £63,000 grant for the refurbishment of Thorne Memorial Park - with the final decision on what to spend the money on down to the town council.
Sgt Davidson’s sister Toni, 36, of Millfield Road, said the family had launched a petition for a ‘peace garden’ to the side of the park, dedicated to the popular dad, after the town council refused, saying it would set a precedent.
Council clerk Jeremy Sherlock said he was disappointed about the petition, having met with Toni and Lee’s widow Sam, 27.
He added: “They stated they had no desire for it to be turned into a memorial garden. We did discuss the possible provision of a tree with a plaque. The impression I got was that they were happy with that.”
Toni said: “We want to show the council the strength of feeling about this. They said they didn’t want it to look like a graveyard but in my mind we would just have plaque with Lee’s name on.
“We want to give his children something to remember him by, showing the support from the town for the sacrifice he made.”
She added that the former Thorne Grammar School pupil’s name had been included on the town’s war memorial, but with his middle initial missing.
Thorne ward member Martin Williams said the council’s decision was a ‘disgrace’.
He added: “It’s the right and honourable sort of precedent to set for sons and daughters of Thorne to be remembered in the proper way.”