Garden tributes for late marine Paul

PEACEFUL HAVEN: Apprentice Richard Howard, project manager Andy Morton, Cliff Warren, and John Barlow
PEACEFUL HAVEN: Apprentice Richard Howard, project manager Andy Morton, Cliff Warren, and John Barlow
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The family of a Leyland soldier who died following an explosion in Afghanistan are paying tribute to their beloved son with a special memorial in their garden.

Marine Paul Warren, 23, was killed in a Taliban grenade attack in June, 2010.

His heartbroken family, including dad Cliff and mum Lynn, have struggled to come to terms with the tragedy, and said their garden – a place which Paul used to love spending time in – had become neglected since his death.

But thanks to the generosity of a charity which helps grieving families, their garden is now a peaceful haven where they can reflect on the happy times they spent with fun-loving Paul.

The Forces Support Charity was at the Warrens’ home in Ingleborough Way, Leyland, last week, to refurbish the back garden and include a memorial arbour for Paul.

Cliff said: “We’d just never had the heart to go into the garden because Paul spent a lot of time there with his friends, drinking and having barbecues.

“It brought back those memories.

We got a message from the charity and they said we were worthy (of help), and they’ve created a new area for us at the bottom of the garden where we can reflect. It has a photo and a plaque with an inscription, so it’s a very important area for us now.”

Project manager Andy Morton said: “Most of the time we help military families who aren’t able, or have lost the motivation, to do jobs in the house and garden, following a bereavement.”