New war memorial for fallen heroes

David Markland

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A war memorial honouring soldiers who served their country will be officially dedicated on Sunday.

The new monument will commemorate the 49 men and one woman from Euxton who gave their lives in the Great War, Second World War, the Falklands and Afghanistan.

“There are 50 names on our memorial so there were 30 people who had made the ultimate sacrifice and weren’t being remembered anywhere apart from by their families.”

Jim Brotherston

The Euxton War Memorial Group was formed to work on the project after dad-of-two David Markland, from Euxton, died in Afghanistan in February 2010.

His family wanted to publicly remember him and discovered that although there were already four memorials in Euxton, they only had the names of 20 people.

Jim Brotherston, David’s uncle and group chairman, said: “There are 50 names on our memorial so there were 30 people who had made the ultimate sacrifice and weren’t being remembered anywhere apart from by their families.”

He believes David would be “jumping for joy” that a war memorial has been erected in Euxton.

The group has worked for nearly five years to make the war memorial a reality, securing a location, raising money and choosing a design.

The Portland stone and granite memorial has been constructed by a detachment of Royal Engineers and a traditional stonemason.

It is located on the corner of School Lane and Wigan Road in Euxton.

The dedication ceremony will start at 1pm on Sunday and will include members of three churches, schoolchildren, current service personnel, military cadets and representatives from the Preston Pipers.

It will celebrate the completion of the project, as well as commemorate Euxton’s fallen heroes.

Refreshments will be available afterwards.

A booklet accompanying the memorial and detailing the lives of the soldiers is now available to buy from Euxton Library.