Streets to be named after Lichfield's fallen war heroes

couple stand in front of war memorial

Lichfield District Council is seeking the relatives of 39 war heroes who are commemorated in Lichfield’s Garden of Remembrance.

Lichfield City Council has proposed that 13 new streets in a housing development on land off Limburg Avenue in Lichfield are named in memory of Lichfield’s war heroes whose names are commemorated on the war memorial in the Garden of Remembrance.

Lichfield District Council is responsible for street naming, and is now seeking any the families of the men to let them know of the proposal and where possible gain their consent to use the names.

The names of the men who served in the First World War are: CE Wright, DW Wright, Henry Wright, Horace Wright, SC Wright, WH Wright, Alf Wakelin, Arthur Wakelin, EG Wakelin, J Wakelin, W Wakelin, GT Powell, JW Powell, AG Burt, FE Burt, CA Caswell, CA Caswell Jnr, CH Fenn, TP Fenn, F Larkin, MG Larkin, E Lees, FC Lees, L Lees, G Marshall, JT Marshall, G Martin, W Martin, JJH Neale, F Statham, R Statham, F Taylor ad JT Taylor.

The names of the men who served in the Second World War are: J Wright, HC Larkin, WW Martin, FW Taylor, GE Taylor and DE Taylor.

It is hoped the thirteen surnames of the 39 men will be used on the proposed streets: Caswell Road, Wakelin Way, Neale Close, Larkin Avenue, Statham Street, Marshall Road, Powell Drive, Taylor Way, Lees Croft, Burt Close, Fenn Croft, Martin Drive and Wright Close.

Councillor Liz Little, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Corporate & Customer Services, Revenues & Benefits, said:

“We were pleased to accept Lichfield City Council’s suggestion to name these roads in honour of the 39 local men who lost their lives fighting for their country in the First and Second world wars.

“As part of the street naming process, we need to give any relatives the opportunity to tell us if they would rather the names are not used. So, if you are a descendant of any of the men whose names have been chosen, please get in touch to tell us if you give your consent.”

If you are a relative of any of the men, please contact Katie Badger, GIS Support Officer, by calling 01543 308763 or emailing by 5pm on Tuesday 12 February 2019.  

Published: 30 January 2019