11/11/2019

Local fallen soldiers from WW1 commemorated with our street names

Local World War One heroes were remembered at Brize Meadow on Sunday 10th November, with the official unveiling of the site’s street signs.

Local World War One heroes were remembered at Brize Meadow housing development on Sunday 10th  November, with the official unveiling of the site’s street signs. The streets on the site are named after a number of young men from the village who bravely fought and gave their lives in the Great War.

Councillors from Brize Norton Parish Council were joined by descendants of the men who lost their lives, homeowners at Brize Meadow, as well as representatives from Bloor Homes for the cutting of the ribbon.

Councillor Wendy Way, Chair of Brize Norton Parish Council, said:  “Brize Norton Parish Council and our village community are very proud to be able to honour the memories of the 18 Brize Norton men and boys – I say boys because two of them were just 19 years old – who made the ultimate sacrifice for their Country.

“We are extremely grateful to West Oxfordshire District Council and Bloor Homes for allowing us to approach the descendants of these men to obtain permission to use their family names to identify the streets in Brize Meadow.

“We hope the new residents of Brize Norton will be proud to have these street names as a permanent memorial which will become part of our village heritage.”

Andrew Winstone, Planning Manager at Bloor Homes Western, added: “We are very pleased to be able to play a part in helping to honour the young men from Brize Norton who died in the Great War. The naming of our streets after those soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice is a wonderful initiative by the Parish Council and one that we are delighted to support.

“In due course we will see more street names appear within the next phase of the development as a permanent tribute to these young men.

“In the spirit of building communities, we would very much like to encourage our new residents to visit the village to see the War Memorial outside the church and the recreation ground to see the Commemorative Plaque and the trees planted as a fitting memorial to these men. This would be a nice way to help connect our residents to the wider Brize Norton community. 

“We are immensely proud that their names will be forever remembered at our development. As a responsible housebuilder, we are keen to engage and work with the communities where we build. We cannot think of more worthy street names for our site.”

The new streets at Brize Meadow currently are:

Castle Mews – in memory of Private Harold Castle, who died 22/6/1917, aged 23
Garratt Place – in memory of Private William Joseph Garratt, who died 6/8/1915, aged 22
Upstone Way – in memory of Private Jack S Upstone, who died 10/9/1917, aged 23
Blackwell Drive – in memory of Private Albert Edward Blackwell, who died 25/4/1917, aged 23
Godwin Row – in memory of Private Henry Frederick Godwin, who died 15/9/1915, aged 19
Wilkins Close – in memory of Private Albert J Wilkins, who died 28/4/1917, aged 24
Timms Lane – in memory of Private Percival L Timms and Lance Corporal Marcus John Timms, who died on 28/5/1918 and 27/4/1916, aged 19 and 24 respectively
Faulkner Place – in memory of Private Albert Faulkner and Acting Bombardier Arthur Faulkner, who died on 3/5/1917 and 8/8/1917, aged 25 and 22 respectively
Parker Close – in memory or Leading Seaman William Edward Parker, who died on 15/8/1918, aged 29
Bellenger Way – in memory of Lance Corporal Ernest Bellenger, who died 5/7/1916, aged 26
Archer Place – in memory of Private Charles Henry Archer, who died 16/5/1915, aged 36