World War One commemorative road names unveiled in Slough
PUBLISHED: 17:01 24 July 2014 | UPDATED: 17:01 24 July 2014
Bellway's King's Reach development ensures 'We Will Remember Them'
Descendants and relatives of soldiers who died in the First World War attended road naming ceremonies which will ensure they will not be forgotten.
When Bellway Homes built King’s Reach in Langley, Slough, they decided to trace the families of local men who lost their lives in the Great War and to mark the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the conflict. Now the Mayor of Slough, Councillor Shafiq Chaudhry has officially unveiled the road names, joined by the relatives.
Stuart Wallace, Managing Director of Bellway North London explained: “Our campaign to find relatives of the fallen soldiers of the First World War from the village of Langley was a huge success.
“The relatives that we managed to get in touch with were relatives of soldiers Private Daniel Blackwell, Private Ernest Piggott, Private Bertie Spicer, Private Harold Willis, Driver Arthur Eldridge and Sapper Walter John Thorn. We would like to extend our gratitude to everyone for coming and sharing stories of their family members.”
The soldiers’ names were drawn at random by Bellway from the Langley Memorial. They also include Private Francis Robert Starling, Private Frederick James Hicks, Private William Henry Oxlade, Private William Akerman and Private Hubert Dumbarton. Also amongst the names randomly chosen were Driver Arthur Eldridge, Corporal William Henry Alsford, Rifleman Edward James Robert Mendham, Rifleman William Herbert Lyford, Lance Corporal Herbert Lewis Dumbarton, Sapper Walter John Thorn, and C Boxall.
The Mayor said: “I’d like to thank Bellway for inviting me to officially unveil the road names at King’s Reach. This is a great tribute and historical reminder of the sacrifice our local soldiers gave during the First World War, especially during this centurial year. This development is providing much needed family housing in Slough and the event is a good reminder of how our community can work together to achieve great things.”
Situated between Langley and Slough, King’s Reach is a new development of one and two bedroom apartments, and two, three, four and five bedroom homes.