Wigginton and Hopwas Parish Council recently proposed names for 11 streets in a new housing development, ‘Land at Browns Lane’. The street names have been picked to commemorate ten of Wigginton’s local heroes, and a further name (Memorial Drive) in keeping with the theme.
Lichfield District Council is responsible for street naming, and is now seeking any surviving relatives to gain their consent to use these names.
Nine of the suggested road names belong to men who are remembered on the Private Samuel Parkes VC Wigginton War Memorial.
This includes the memorial’s namesake, Private Samuel Parkes, who won the Victoria Cross for bravery in the Charge of The Light Brigade during the Crimean War in 1854.
The remaining soldiers are the First World War heroes Private William Adie, Private Sidney Bird, Private Charles Carter, Private John Elson, Driver Richard Shaw and Driver Walter Smith, and the Second World War hero, Leading Aircraftman S Edden.
The council is also looking for family members of Robert Antony Lycett who founded Lycett’s Engineering and fought in the Second World War in the 7th Parachute Regiment, helping to hold Pegasus Bridge in Normandy in 1944.
The council is also seeking permission from any relatives of Harold Patrick Hodgetts who was a longstanding member of Wigginton and Hopwas Parish Council and Lichfield District Council.
Councillor Chris Spruce, Cabinet Member for Finance & Democracy at Lichfield District Council, said, “This is a lovely way to pay tribute to Wigginton’s brave soldiers and local heroes. I hope their relatives will contact us to share their stories and to let us know if they will allow us to commemorate these important men in this way.”
If you are a relative or have a connection to any of these men, please contact Lichfield District Council by calling or emailing Roberta Whittaker on 01543 308763 by 29 March 2016.