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West Leeds: £10,000 boost for Bramley’s war memorial effort

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PLANS for a new war memorial in Bramley have moved a major step forward - with the rubberstamping of a £10,000 council grant and the first unveiling of the proposed design for the structure.

Campaigners have been working on the plan for two years, and renowned civic architect John Thorp helped to draw up the design for the structure and its attached peace garden.

Among the project’s supporters is Wendy Fulthorpe, mother of rifleman Sheldon Steel. The 20-year Bramley soldier was killed while on foot patrol in Afghanistan’s Helmand Province in 2011.

Bramley has 270 known fallen war heroes, and campaigners say it’s “unthinkable” there is no official memorial to them already.

This week, the inner west area committee has also agreed to provide £10,000 towards the project.

As part of their research, the Friends of Bramley War Memorial identified 270 individuals from Bramley, Rodley and Stanningley who made the ultimate sacrifice fighting for their country. Their names will be inscribed on the new tribute, which is set to be unveiled at Bramley Park later this year.

Anyone wishing to nominate a family member or friend to be included on the war memorial, who lost their life in combat or as a result of their injuries whilst in combat, is asked to contact the Friends of Bramley War Memorial by emailing bramleywm@aol.com.

Councillor Caroline Gruen, chair of the inner west area committee, said: “It’s unthinkable that a community like Bramley doesn’t have a war memorial, and I am pleased that the area committee along with many other local sponsors and the Friends of Bramley War Memorial are helping to put this right. I’d urge anyone with family history in the Bramley, Rodley and Stanningley area to visit their local library to find out more about their own links to the country’s military past so we can ensure their sacrifice is honoured and never forgotten.”

 

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