New memorial unveiled in Frecheville to remember WW1 soldiers

A brand new memorial bench was unveiled today at Heathfield Road in Frecheville to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice in WW1.

The service was well attended by local veterans and members of the Royal British Legion as well as local ward councillors, residents and Sheffield City Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture, Parks and Leisure, Councillor Mary Lea.

As part of the service, the nearby avenue of trees, planted in memory of soldiers who lost their lives in WW2, was also rededicated.

Birley Ward Councillor, Denis Fox said:

“It was an honour to speak at today’s service and be part of such a fitting tribute to the local servicemen and women who gave their lives in conflict during both world wars.

“War has affected many families in this area and the Heathfield memorial site is greatly valued by the local community.

“We have worked closely with the Royal British Legion to ensure the memorial, which includes 19 trees planted in memory of soldiers who fought in WW2, can continue to provide a suitable place for people to pay their respects for generations to come.”

In addition to remembering those from Frecheville who fought in WW1 and WW2, the service held even more poignancy as it took place on VJ day; when allied nations celebrated victory over Japan, marking the end of WW2.

Speeches were made by the Royal British Legion’s Frecheville Branch Padre, Reverend Ian Jennings, Chairman of the RBL Frecheville Branch, Pat Davey and local ward Councillor, Denise Fox.

Chairman of the RBL Frecheville Branch, Pat Davey said:

“It was opportune to hold the memorial service today, some 73 days to the day that the Second World War finally ended with the unconditional Surrender of Japan to the Allied Powers.  At least three of the men commemorated fought in the Far East and two of them lost their lives out there in 1942.

“As far as we know, men, and possibly women, of the area who made the ultimate sacrifice in the First World War never had a memorial and so it’s fantastic that we now have a new bench dedicated to them.

“It was an honour to hold a service for those who did so much for us and for the whole free world- we owe them so much.”

In March 2018, two trees in the avenue, which had succumbed to severe decay, were replaced by the Council’s highways contractor, Amey, to reinstate the original 19 trees which were planted in remembrance of WW2 soldiers.