Cheshire Independent Issue 144

FEBRUARY / MARCH 2020 4 Follow us on Facebook: Cheshire Independent A MUCH-LOVED soldier from Handforth killed on his second tour of Afghanistan has been honoured in the name of a new road near his home. A local housebuilder has paid tribute to Lance Corporal Jamie Webb by naming the gateway to its new Sanctuary Wilmslow develop- ment Jamie Webb Drive. Jamie’s parents Susan and David and brother Luke, along with soldiers and veterans, many who served alongside him in the 1st Battalion of the Mercian Reg- iment, attended a special naming ceremony held by Jones Homes. His family was presented with a replica of the street sign at the event, which gave those attend- ing the opportunity to share their memories. They also met with the mayor of Greater ManchesterAndy Burnham before the ceremony. Jamie died in March 2013 aged just 24 following an attack on his patrol base in Helmand Province. His brother Luke said: “We are really honoured and proud to have a road named after Jamie. We really want to thank Jones Homes for all their help and all the hard work that they have put into this day. “Jamie was a true hero and It’s great that he is being commemo- rated in the naming of this road. Future generations will pass this road and will remember him. “It’s more than just a road sign to us, it’s a memorial, another way to celebrate Jamie’s life. It means so much to us that the sacrifice that Jamie has made will not be forgotten.” Jamie served in the Army for six years, enlisting at age of 18. He was deployed on four operations, firstly to Northern Ireland, then to Iraq, followed by two tours of Afghani- stan. He was promoted from Pri- vate to Lance Corporal after his first tour of Afghanistan. Lt Col (Retd) Bill Temminck said: “The day Jamie was killed in ser- vice with 1 Mercian inAfghanistan remains a day that is not forgot- ten by all his comrades who served with him. “This is why so many of the soldiers that knew Jamie have attended this event, to pay their respects to him and show Jamie’s Honouring a true hero Never forgotten: TheWebb family with representatives from Jones Homes, The Mercian Regiment, military veterans and family friends Naming ceremony: Jamie’s mum Sue, dad David and his brother Luke were presented with a replica street sign family he is not forgotten.” Jones Homes, based in Alderley Edge, also made a donation of £500 to the Mercian Regiment Benevo- lent Charity in Jamie’s memory. Sales and marketing director Gemma Pownall said: “It has been wonderful to hear all about Jamie and what a popular and kind- hearted person he was, and we can think of no one more deserving of this tribute. “We are extremely proud to have a road at our Sanctuary Wilmslow development named after Jamie, and it was a pleasure to welcome his family and friends to the site for the ceremony.”