Fallen servicemen of First World War to be commemorated

PUBLISHED: 12:44 23 June 2014


With First World War centenary, nd remembrance events across the country, Bellway Homes continues its campaign to seek out relatives of fallen soldiers from the village of Langley in Slough.

To mark the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the war, the company is naming streets at its new residential development, King’s Reach, after these local heroes.

The road names at Kings Reach will be officially unveiled in late July in memory of the local soldiers who gave their lives in the Great War. Bellway would like to take the opportunity to include family members as part of this special invitation-only event to come forward and share stories, pictures and memories of their relatives. A local lady and gentleman have already come forward about their grandfather and shared personal letters written home to their relatives during the war.

The soldiers’ names have been drawn at random by Bellway from the Langley Memorial.

They include: Private Daniel Blackwell, Private Ernest Piggott, Private Bertie Spicer, Private Francis Robert Starling, Private Harold Willis, Private Frederick James Hicks, Private William Henry Oxlade, Private William Akerman and Private Hubert Dumbarton.

Also amongst the names randomly chosen are: Driver Arthur Eldridge, Corporal William Henry Alsford, Rifleman Edward James Robert Mendham, Rifleman William Herbert Lyford, Lance Corporal Herbert Lewis Dumbarton and Sapper Walter John Thorn.

Bellway are also appealing for further information about C Boxall.

Zoe Dobbs of Bellway Homes explains: : “It is normally quite difficult to name new roads, but with the WW1 centenary this year, we thought it would be a great idea to recognise the fallen soldiers of Langley. Understandably, a lot will have changed over the past 100 years which will make this search challenging, with people getting married and changing names, or moving out of the area. If anyone does recognise any of the names, please do get in touch as we would be delighted for you to join us at our official unveiling event in July.”

Situated between Langley and Slough, Kings Reach is a new development of one and two bedroom apartments, and two, three, four and five bedroom new homes. Upton Court Park and Ditton Park are adjacent to the development.

Relatives of the fallen are encouraged to contact Oracle PR with any information, on telephone number 020 8394 2821 or email harriet@oraclepr.co.uk.

For more information on Kings Reach please call 0845 676 0260 or visit www.bellway.co.uk

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